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Nov 19, 2017

a.k.a. The twisted history of this corner. 

Before it was Silicon Valley, this area was known as the Valley of Heart's Delight. The farms eventually gave way to nondescript office parks. And on this corner, the office park will soon be replaced by Google's answer to Apple's spaceship headquarters. In this episode, you'll hear all about the history of this intersection from the days of the California Gold Rush to the arrival of Google. You'll tour a 150-year-old mansion (Google bike shop now occupies the spot), you'll meet a woman who grew up here in the '50s and '60s, and you'll hear from the city managers and planners who reimagined it and eventually struck a town-altering deal with Google. This may be your last chance to connect with the past...before it's all but erased.

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Producer: David Boyer

Editor: Ben Trefny

Engineer: Chris Hoff and David Boyer

Music: Erik Pearson

Associate Producer: Lucy Kang

Associate Editor: Ashleyanne Krigbaum

Launch Guru: Megan Jones

Special thanks to Mountain View historians Candace Bowers and Nick Perry, as well as Lisa Morehouse, Lizzie Donahue and Jessie Weiner.

Produced with the technical and emotional support of KALW, and the financial support of SF Arts Commission and California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the NEH.