Revolutionaries, a New Series Featuring Tech’s Greatest Innovators

Revolutionaries includes in-depth interviews with Mark Zuckerberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Paul Allen and other tech luminaries

San Francisco, December 19, 2011—Revolutionaries, a new 13-part television series produced by the Computer History Museum in association with KQED Public Television, will premiere on Monday, January 16, at 7:00pm on KQED Plus (channel 54, cable 10). Repeats of the series will air on KQED World. Full schedule information is shown below and can also be found at

In this series, some of the most distinguished thought leaders in the computing field share their views on technology and how it shapes our modern world. A wide array of thinkers are featured including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Dreamworks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and others (full list below.) From the computer named Watson that outsmarted the Jeopardy champ, to a discussion about how computer viruses are the next frontier of warfare, to the challenge and promise of artificial intelligence, the series offers an intimate view of the thinking behind some of our modern world’s greatest achievements. Revolutionaries complements the launch of the Computer History Museum’s permanent exhibition: Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.

“KQED is delighted to partner with the Computer History Museum to bring their fascinating speakers to a broad audience through the Revolutionaries series,” said John Boland, KQED president. “KQED is Silicon Valley’s public media organization, so it makes great sense to leverage our television, radio, online and mobile media services in collaboration with another great local institution to make these stimulating conversations with the Valley’s movers and shakers available to everyone.”

“We’re delighted to join KQED as a partner in this important effort,” said John C. Hollar, President and CEO of the Computer History Museum. “These ‘revolutionaries’ represent some of the greatest breakthroughs, lessons learned and inspirational stories ever—not just in technology, but in human achievement. We’re happy to be able to bring them to KQED’s audience.”

Major funding for Revolutionaries is provided by Intel.

Revolutionaries Schedule
Monday, January 16
“The Facebook Effect”
Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and author David Kirkpatrick in conversation with NPR’s Guy Raz

Monday, January 23
“Reality is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How They Can Change the World”
Author Dr. Jane McGonigal in conversation with NPR’s Laura Sydell

Monday, January 30
“Steve Jobs: The Authorized Biography”
Author Walter Isaacson in conversation with Computer History Museum CEO John Hollar.

Monday, February 6
“An IBM Centennial “
Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM speaks about the importance and meaning of IBM’s centennial as a corporation, immediately followed by a conversation with Computer History Museum CEO John Hollar.

Monday, February 13
“The Technology of Animation”
Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and Chief Technology Officer Ed Leonard in conversation with retired Vice President and Chief of Technology for Hewlett Packard’s Personal Systems Group, Philip McKinney.

Monday, February 20
“A Computer Called Watson”
IBM’s David Ferrucci, IBM Fellow and Principal Investigator of the Watson/Jeopardy! Project, in conversation with Richard Waters of The Financial Times.

Monday, February 27
“Idea Man”
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, in conversation with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Monday, April 2
“The Man Who Invented the Computer, John Vincent Atanasoff”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley in conversation with Computer History Museum CEO John Hollar.

Monday, April 9
“In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives”
Author Steven Levy in conversation with Laura Sydell of NPR.

Monday, April 16
“Sir Maurice Wilkes, The Man and His Machine”
Dr. David Hartley of the University of Cambridge remembers the inventor of the EDSAC, his life and achievements, with John Hollar, CEO of the Computer History Museum.

Monday, April 23
“Worm: The First Digital World War”
Author Mark Bowden and T.J. Campana, Senior Program Manager of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit in conversation with John Markoff of The New York Times.

Monday, April 30
“The Start-up Game”
Author and venture capital pioneer Bill Draper in conversation with KQED’s Dave Iverson.

Monday, May 7
“The Challenge and Promise of Artificial Intelligence”
A Bay Area Science Festival Wonder Dialog featuring Google’s Research Director Peter Norvig and Microsoft Research’s Distinguished Engineer Eric Horvitz in conversation with KQED’s Tim Olson.

All programs premiere on Monday at 7pm on KQED Plus (over-the-air channel 54/cable 10) and repeat the following Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 7pm on KQED World (over-the-air 9.3/Comcast 190.)

About The Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, California is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images. CHM brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, docent-led tours as well as physical and online exhibits. Current exhibits include “Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2,” “Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess,” and “An Analog Life: Remembering Jim Williams.” The Museum’s signature exhibit on the history of computing, “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” opened in January 2011. For more information and updates, call 650-810-1059, visit, check us out on Facebook, and follow @computerhistory on Twitter.

About KQED
KQED ( has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area), and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5FM San Francisco and 89.3FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms and; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television, one of the nation’s most-watched public television stations, is the producer of local and national series such as QUEST; Check, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA; and Essential Pépin. KQED’s digital television channels include 9HD, KQED Life, KQED World, KQED Kids, and KQED V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local newscasts each weekday. KQED Interactive provides KQED’s cross-platform news service,, and offers several popular local blogs, video and audio podcasts, and a live radio stream at KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and the general public through workshops, community screenings and multimedia resources.

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