Season 1

June 7, 2022

001: Glory Enough for Everyone

In the wake of World War II, Bell Labs was committed to solving one of the most pressing technological problems of the day: how t…

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June 15, 2022

002: A Start on My Own

Having left Bell Labs to strike out on his own, William Shockley had some important decisions to make:  Who would be the backer f…

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June 15, 2022

003: 126

With a backer, a location, and the support of the ambitious Stanford Engineering Department, William Shockley recruiting efforts …

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June 22, 2022

004: The Affair of the Luau Pig

After the meeting with Arnold Beckman, the state of Shockley Semiconductor just continues to deteriorate, and the Shockley resear…

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June 28, 2022

005: "A Shameful Act"

Despite the boom in the semiconductor industry, the renegade Shockley research scientists and the bankers of Hayden Stone get not…

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July 6, 2022

006: "We Can Do That"

Sputnik sparks the Space Race, and hysteria ensues in the United States.  In the meantime, the Fairchild Semiconductor founders g…

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July 12, 2022

00: Showing the Flag

Fairchild becomes the David to Texas Instruments’ Goliath, as integrated circuits take the semiconductor stage. In this episode, …

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July 19, 2022

008: "A Fast Horse"

By the early 1960s, Fairchild Camera & Instrument may have been the hottest stock on Wall Street, but internally, trouble was bre…

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July 27, 2022

09: "Something Wonderful"

By breaking open the commercial integrated circuits market, Fairchild’s stock skyrockets… but the breakthrough also seals its fat…

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