It was just about one year ago that a powerful explosion triggered a multitude of chemical reactions which caused a mutation in the primordial ooze that resulted in the birth of The Verge. It has since grown from an awkward and slimy baby into a mischievous but lovable toddler. The cultural phenomenon evolved a lot in the first year, but it still has a lot of growing up to do.

On this weeks Vergecast Josh, Nilay, and Paul take a moment to celebrate and reflect on the past year. And what better way to celebrate than with party hats, cup cakes, and a rousing political debate.