" Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. "
Bertrand Russell

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Public Broadcasting on Television

Founded in 1969, PBS is a non-profit, private corporation which is owned collectively by its member stations and largely funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), itself funded mainly by federal appropriations. All of the programming carried by PBS, whether news, documentary, or entertainment, is created by (or in most cases produced under contract with) individual member stations. Why did Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the chair of the CPB board, resign in 2005?



Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia was an Alexandrian Neoplatonic philosopher and mathematician renowned for her learning, eloquence, and beauty. She became head of Alexandria's Platonist school in about 400 CE, lecturing there on mathematics and philosophy. Several works are attributed to her by later sources, including commentaries on Ptolemy's works, but none have survived. Her murder, the subject of many conspiracy theories, was a brutal event. How did religion factor into Hypatia's lynching?

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Mario Lemieux

Lemieux is considered one of the greatest players in National Hockey League history. As center for the Pittsburgh Penguins, he won two Stanley Cup titles and frequently vied with Wayne Gretzky for scoring titles in the 1980s and early 1990s. He is one of only nine players to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame without the mandatory three-year post-retirement waiting period. What are the nicknames given to him by the media?

Last updated on Friday, 5th October 2007

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