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Empire of the Air.

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Science
Length: 01:53:17
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This absorbing program by Ken Burns spans the years 1906 to 1955 to document the lives of the three early pioneers of radio. David Sarnoff was an immigrant from Russia who rose from delivering telegrams to head RCA. Lee De Forest's invention of the vacuum tube laid the foundation for the entire electronics industry. Edwin Howard Armstrong, the genius who created FM broadcasting, invented the systems that formed the framework of all radio transmission and reception.



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