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Silicone Breast Implants and the Politics of Risk
05/27/2015
Silicone, not to be confused with Silicon, a chemical element that exists in nature, was first polymerized in the late 19th century. Not much was done with it until the 1930s when a chemist at Dow Corning refined it for use as a lubricant in submarines and planes. The first known medical use of silicone […]
The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich
05/26/2015
Just watching these two old friends on stage together, both liberal icons in economics and academia, is a true delight. Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich reminisce here about their days in the Clinton Administration, recalling the pushback from fellow cabinet members for labeling certain policies “corporate welfare” and criticizing excessive salaries for C-suite executives. They […]
Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust
05/19/2015
How to describe the burden of the state-sponsored mass murder on the generation that followed the Holocaust? Of the many revealing stories shared in this program, one from German-born historian Frank Biess stands out. When he came to St. Louis as a college student, he was struck by the overt patriotism of Americans. As he […]
The Rhythm of the 20th Century
05/14/2015
It’s been said that jazz is one of America’s most significant and lasting cultural exports. The style that became known as jazz originated in New Orleans in the late 19th century, and grew rapidly in popularity and influence. By the beginning of the 20th century this musical genre had firmly established itself in Memphis, Kansas […]
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