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Computer Freaks

Inc. Magazine
Society & CultureHistoryDocumentary

This is the untold history of how the internet almost didn’t happen. It’s an ode to fathers and daughters. And it’s a tale about the origins of the man-computer symbiosis that’s still profoundly relevant to our society today. Host Christine Haughney Dare-Bryan, an editor-at-large at Inc., is a James Beard Award-winning journalist who has worked for NBC News as well as three of the nation’s largest newspapers, and who created the Emmy-nominated Netflix series Rotten. Dare-Bryan’s connection to the story is deeply personal—her father, Joseph Haughney, was one of the internet’s founding fathers. Dare-Bryan spent 10 months traveling the nation interviewing these iconic founders about their work, and how it all led to the economy—and society—we inhabit today. In this six-episode series, she explores the invention, the contention, the bragging, the fighting, and the decisions that have led to our digital life. Just as the book Hamilton explored the founding fathers of democracy in the United... more


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Latest Episodes

We return to speaking to Joseph Haughney about his hopes for the Arpanet. We ask other founders how they feel about what the internet has become. We also speak to internet early founder Hans Werner Braun’s daughters about how they reconcile themselve... more

2 months ago

It is the late 1970s and early 1980s and the Arpanet is in decline. NSFnet is on the rise in its place. Why did the Arpanet get eclipsed by other networks, and is that OK?

2 months ago

Louis Pouzin is a French academic who some experts say really invented the Arpanet. But is that true, and should any one person be given all the credit?

3 months ago


4.7 out of 5 stars from 64 ratings
  • Truly Excellent

    Digs into the technical aspects and nitty gritty without losing the layman….also manages to not waste too much time spoon feeding for narrative’s sake, just brief explainer for those unfamiliar and the narrative moves along. Great interviews, great podcast. Truly excellent.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Overstated

    There are way too many issues with this podcast's approach, and I won't try to list them all here. If you're into these topics, I'd recommend you to listen to it if you want to remind yourself how prejudice looks like.

    Apple Podcasts
    Isra R R
    Canada2 months ago
  • Highly recommend

    Such a great podcast! Never knew the history behind the internet. Especially enjoyed the interviews with those individuals who are part of this history and can recollect with such detail.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • I highly recommend this podcast

    This is a wonderful podcast. Growing up in the 1980’s and getting my first Radio Shack Tandy computer in 1990, I was amazed at how they could talk to each other and always wondered how that even got started. Over the years, of course I learned little snippets here and there about the invention of the internet, but nothing in such great detail as Christine explains it here. If you’re a computer geek like me, especially if you grew up in the 2000’s, I highly recommend you check out this podcast. I... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Very well researched

    Spectacular history lesson on how the world changed years ago and the true “1st Mover” of the internet.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago

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