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Edward R. Murrow's See It Now Airs McCarthyism Episode

In the early 1950s, US Senator Joseph McCarthy persecuted scores of people he deemed subversive in a series of widely-publicized hearings that whipped the public into an anti-Communist frenzy. In 1954, journalist Edward R. Murrow produced an episode of his TV show See It Now that criticized the Red Scare and turned public opinion against McCarthy using the senator's own words. Murrow later invited McCarthy to respond. What happened when the senator accepted?



St. Gregory of Nyssa

Born around 330 CE in what is now Turkey, St. Gregory was a professor of rhetoric, a priest and bishop, and a defender of orthodoxy. He was prominent in the First Council of Constantinople and became a leading defender of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. His most important theological writing was his Oratio catechetica, a classic outline of Orthodox theology, but a handful of his letters also survive. Which of St. Gregory's relatives are also saints?

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Vita Sackville-West

Sackville-West was an aristocratic English writer and gardener who married the diplomat and author Harold Nicolson in 1913. Their complicated relationship is chronicled in Portrait of a Marriage, a biography inspired by her journals and written by their son Nigel. The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, which she designed, are among the most visited in England. However, she is perhaps best remembered for her love affair with author Virginia Woolf, which inspired which of Woolf's novels?

Last updated on Friday, 9th March 2012

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