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Gerald Ford and the Human Genome

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Gerald Ford spoke candidly with Thomas DeFrank about everything from Richard Nixon to Dick Cheney. The interviews are so revealing that President Ford only permitted them to be released after his death. Then, J. Craig Venter describes what it was like to become the first person to sequence the human genome. Plus, Backstory looks at the newly elected president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

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Guests:

Thomas DeFrank and J. Craig Venter

Historic Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford talked frequently with Thomas DeFrank, from 1991 to shortly before his death in 2006, in a way in which few presidents ever have. Write it When I’m Gone records Gerald Ford’s musings on Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, both Bush administrations, his own life and passions, and ...

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The Scientist Who First Sequenced the Human Genome

One of the great landmarks in the history of science – and of humanity – occurred when J. Craig Venter published the first sequence and analysis of the human genome. What made this event so remarkable was not just the accomplishment, but the fact that it was achieved faster and ...

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Backstory: The Argentina Presidential Race

This month’s Backstory looks at the presidential run of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentina, whose husband, Néstor Kirchner, is the current president. The election was held on Sunday, October 28, and she won with 45 percent of the vote. Mike Reid, Americas Editor at the Economist, examines whether Cristina ...

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