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Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Jock Smith shares his story of a life influenced by his father, Jacob Smith, the political and civil rights leader assassinated when Jock was eight years old. And you may not hear about them on the Weather Channel, but storms on the Sun impact us here on Earth. Plus the history of laying the first Transatlantic cable, and a conversation with actor/author Ethan Hawke about his new novel.

Jock M. Smith

Johnnie Cochran's law partner, Jock M. Smith, discusses his career and the powerful influence of his father, Jacob Smith, the political and civil rights leader assassinated when Jock was eight years old. His new memoir is called Climbing Jacob's Ladder: A Trial Lawyer's Journey on Behalf of "the Least of ...

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Michael Carlowicz

You many not hear about them on the Weather Channel, but storms on the Sun impact us here on Earth. Michael Carlowicz describes what space weather really means, and what it could mean for future explorations of distant worlds, in his new book, Storms from the Sun.

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John Gordon Steele

John Gordon Steele details the most extraordinary engineering feat of the 19th Century with his history of laying the first Transatlantic cable, A Thread Across the Ocean.

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Ethan Hawke

We love him on the big screen; now he's On the Road. Actor Ethan Hawke discusses his new road novel, Ash Wednesday. Read an excerpt in the Reading Room.

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