As chief of staff to former President George H.W. Bush for 25 years, Jean Becker oversaw everything from the opening of his presidential library to the commissioning of the Navy aircraft carrier named for him. Mainly, she tried to keep up.
Based on the folk song made popular by children’s performer Fred Penner, this performance tells the tale of Old Mister Johnson and a mysterious cat that just won’t stay away. Give it to somebody else. Send it to outer space. The kitty keeps coming back.
Writer Claire L. Evans, a contributor to Vice, The Guardian, and Wired and former editor of the multiplatform Motherboard, spotlights the unsung female visionaries who’ve helped write the story of the internet and related technology in a discussion of her book Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet.
Drive through the Mississippi Delta today, and you’ll find it dotted with memorials to major figures and events from the civil rights movement. Most chilling, perhaps, are those recalling the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a tragedy of hate and injustice that became a milestone in the fight for racial equality.
Kansas native Richard Holmgren fills his comedy variety show with zany stunts, amusing tricks, audience participation—and always an inspirational message. It’s part of the Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program, Dare to Discover.
Renowned British artist Ralph Steadman jokes that “I’ve become something of a pictorial polluter.” Yes, he has been prolific, but six decades of extraordinarily distinctive work—most notably his collaborations with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson—have made him an icon.