How is hip-hop like the microchip?


Both grew out of communities that were innovation hotbeds—the microchip from Silicon Valley and hip-hop from the Bronx. The Smithsonian studies how inventive communities form and impact culture.

Innovation hotspots

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Posted: 10 April 2013
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.