Tune in Thursday night for a two-hour American Experience special on Silicon Valley for an eye-opening look at the birthplace of modern technological, then join us for WLRN’s original production about the legendary racetrack Hialeah Speedway.
Silicon Valley: American Experience (8:00 PM)
In 1957, decades before Steve Jobs dreamed up Apple or Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, a group of eight brilliant young men defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor business. Their leader was 29-year-old Robert Noyce, a physicist with a brilliant mind and the affability of a born salesman who would co-invent the microchip -- an essential component of nearly all modern electronics today, including computers, motor vehicles, cell phones and household appliances.
Hialeah Highway: No Guts, No Glory! (9:30 PM)
WLRN’s original production highlights the legendary Hialeah Speedway in Dade County, Florida and the lives it touched for over 50 years. The story begins back in the early 1950’s when an organization called the Greater Miami Racing Association decided to start a racetrack. They built it in the middle of nowhere, a sleepy little farm town west of Miami called Hialeah…and the fans started to come.