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Spacebridge tells a largely-forgotten saga of the late Cold War, when despair about the prospects of a nuclear conflict gripped the world. Both Soviets and Americans grasped at emerging communication technology via satellite and early Internet "spacebridges" that brought together citizen diplomats ranging from New Agers to tech-enthusiasts to astronauts. The urge to "just connect" helped tilt the world from top-down broadcasting to the more horizontal, Internet-levelled society where we all now live...for better and/or for worse.

Co-hosted by Julia Barton and Charles Maynes, Spacebridge is a production of Showcase from PRX's Radiotopia with additional funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Our Russian content partner is the history site Arzamas.Academy.

Find out more at radiotopia.fm/showcase.