After Words

After Words: Jane Smiley, "The Man Who Invented the Computer," hosted by Cecilia Kang

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The acclaimed fiction author tells the tale of the man who changed the world, though few have heard of him.  John Atanasoff got an idea one night in the late 1930s and developed it into the first computer.  Ms. Smiley discusses the man, his invention and his obscurity with Washington Post technology writer Cecilia Kang.

About the Authors

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley has written 15 works of fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize winning A Thousand Acres.  She's also written four works of non-fiction and been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 2006, she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.

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After Words: Jane Smiley, "The Man Who Invented the Computer," hosted by Cecilia Kang

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Past Airings

  • Tuesday, February 22nd at 4am (ET)
  • Monday, February 21st at 4pm (ET)
  • Sunday, January 2nd at 11am (ET)
  • Monday, December 27th at 3am (ET)
  • Monday, December 27th at 12am (ET)
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