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Meet the...Spock?: An MTP Video Mash-up

Meet the Past Edgar Snow

What does Star Trek have to do with Kansas City journalist Edgar Snow, let alone Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to the People’s Republic of China to meet with Mao Tse-Tung?

Author Interview: Randy Roberts on the 1944 Football Game that Rallied a Nation

Randy Roberts A Team for America

In his new book A Team for America: The Army-Navy Game that Rallied a Nation, historian Randy Roberts talks about the pivotal 1944 football game that came to symbolize national pride in a time of war.

Interview: Whistle-blower Wendell Potter On Why Our Health Care System Is Sick

Wendell Potter portrait

Wendell Potter has good news and bad news. The bad news, according to him, is that health care in America is sick. Life expectancy and infant mortality rates here are lower than in some Third World countries. People die because they can’t get insurance – upwards of 45,000 a year.

Justice Stephen Breyer Has Good Constitution

Justice Stephen Breyer

This past Thursday at the Plaza Branch, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer stood before a crowd of nearly 700 people and made a strong case for civic literacy in the face of cynicism.

That’s Some Catch: Joseph Heller Remembered at the Library

Just One Catch book cover

Joseph Heller was lying in bed in his four-room apartment on the West Side of Manhattan, New York, when suddenly it came to him: It was love at first sight. The first time he saw the chaplain, Someone fell madly in love with him.

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