David Letterman
Admiral Grace Hopper Explains Nanoseconds


Admiral Grace Hopper joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 at the age of 37. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and wrote the first compiler for a computer programming language. When asked by Letterman how she knew so much about computers then, Hopper … Continue reading

Mount Everest
Reinhold Messner On Summiting The “Eight-Thousanders”


Reinhold Messner was the first person to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders in the world, referring to the fourteen mountains whose summits are at least eight thousand feet above sea level. He did all of these climbs without the help of supplemental oxygen. On his first climb of an eight-thousander, Nanga … Continue reading

Dr. Seuss
[Text] Dr. Seuss Gives Advice to a Fan

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“To develop an individual style of writing and drawing, always go to yourself for criticsm. If you ask advice from too many other people, then you no longer are yourself…” American cartoonist Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Geisel, was known for his popular illustrated children’s books like “The Cat in the … Continue reading

RMS Titanic
Robert Ballard on His Roundabout Titanic Discovery


Dr. Robert Ballard recalls his excitement on the day he found the wreckage of the RMS Titanic in 1985 during a joint French-American expedition led by Jean-Louis Michel of Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER) and his crew from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Ballard on … Continue reading

Charles Brooks Jr.
[Blog] Accounts of the First U.S. Prisoner to Receive Lethal Injection


Author: Megan O’Toole There are some crimes that are deemed too horrible to be punished by a lifetime of imprisonment alone. The United States has wrestled over whether or not a death penalty should be implemented in exceptional circumstances that require another level of retribution.

8888 Uprising
8888 Uprising Stories of Four Survivors


Four people tell of their experiences on the day of the 8888 Uprising, the pro-democracy demonstrations across Rangoon and Burma that were crushed by the Burmese Junta. Although thousands of university students, monks, housewives and children were killed by the military during the uprising, government records account for only 350 … Continue reading