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Monday, March 05, 2012

Michael Sean Winters examines how Reverend Jerry Falwell has influenced national politics. Today's installment of the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects is about a pepper pot in the shape of a Roman noble woman, found in Britain. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses NASA and the future of space travel.

Jerry Falwell and the American Right

Michael Sean Winters examines how Reverend Jerry Falwell has influenced national politics. In God’s Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right Winters looks how Falwell motivated voters and helped defined the orthodoxy and vocabulary of the Republican Party.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on NASA and Space

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses NASA and the future of space travel, now that NASA has put human space flight on hold. In Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier , he shares his thoughts on topics from the missteps that shaped the recent history of space travel to how aliens, if they existed, might go about finding us.

 

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Object #7: The Brooklyn Bridge

The seventh object on our list violates the central rule of our contest that it “must be able to fit in a museum”—but just this once we’ll make an exception. Richard Haw, a professor at CUNY and author of the book, Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History, told us that the bridge is a particularly good selection for this project. “It helps illuminate different parts of the history of the New York: political, economic, demographic, social, transport, technological, literary and artistic.” (continue reading)

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Guest Picks: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was on the Lopate Show to discuss the future of American space travel, now that NASA's space shuttle program has ended. He also told us that he's a fan of Broadway musicals. Find out what else Neil's been reading and listening to.

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