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‘ . . .And God Bless All Of You – All Of You On The Good Earth’ – Apollo 8 – December 24, 1968

Become a Patron! Coming to the end of a year of chaos and upheaval in 1968, a glimmer of hope came from a space capsule orbiting the moon on December 24, 1968. From outside the window of their ship, a view of the Earth peering over the horizon of the...

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“Something Terrible Has Just Happened” The Challenger Disaster – January 28, 1986

If you like what we do, would you support it? Become a Patron! January 28, 1986 – the world watched with shock and horror as the Shuttle Challenger, taking off on what was considered a routine mission, but which also included the first civilian, Christa McAuliffe, a 37 year-old High...

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Silent Spring And A Few Words From Rachel Carson 1963 – Past Daily Weekend Reference Room

If you were a patron, a lot of things would be free:Become a Patron! In 1962, when Marine biologist and Conservationist Rachel Carson‘s landmark book Silent Spring was published, it immediately caused a storm of controversy. The rampant, unchecked use of pesticides since the 1940s led many to wonder just...

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Today’s Young Woman – 1953 – A Lecture By Millicent Carey McIntosh – Past Daily Reference Room

Become a Patron! You will be listening to this and you’ll wonder if this is a description of life on another planet. It bears no resemblance to life in 2014. It was, in fact 61 years ago this week. This was what young Women were having to face in the...

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December 18, 1995 – Tantrum Redux: Another Government Shutdown

If you like us, support us, even just a little:Become a Patron! December 18. It seems this news happen every few years. Another stalemate over a budget, another shutdown, another wave of hysteria. News for this December 18th in 1995 wasn’t any different. Congress failed to pass a budget and...

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Trouble At The Knowledge Factory – Berkeley Free Speech Movement – December 2, 1964

Become a Patron! Although it started two months earlier, this day in 1964 marked a turning point in the Protest movement in the U.S. In 1964 students at UC Berkeley began a series of protests over the banning of political activities on Campus and insisted the University acknowledged the students’...

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Heating Up The Hot Spots – December 2, 1947

Become a Patron! You would think that a little over 2 years since the end of World War 2, there would be some element of lasting peace being practiced. But no. On this December 2nd in 1947, everything was in a state of turmoil. Two days after the United Nations...