Rebroadcast: Is the Tech Boom the New Gold Rush? A History of California’s Booms and Busts

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From the gold rush to World War II to the current tech boom, workers and entrepreneurs have flocked to the Bay Area to make their fortunes and spend their money. We’ll examine how past economic booms and busts have shaped the Bay Area as part of KQED’s new Boomtown series. The series will explore the changing Bay Area — the surging economy, the cost of living, gentrification and displacement.






Richard White, professor of American history, Stanford University; author, "Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America"

Christopher O'Sullivan, teaches California history, University of San Francisco

Leslie Berlin, project historian, Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University; author, "The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley"

Holly Kernan, executive editor, KQED News