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    Presidents and the CIA

    Melvin Goodman talked about the history of the relationship between the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) since President Truman. Mr. Goodman spoke about how President Truman’s “quiet intelligence arm” became a politicized source of covert actions around the world from the Bay of Pigs invasion to the Iran Contra affair.

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    Panel Discussion on World War I

    A panel of experts on World War I recounted stories of the Great War, and provided insight into the enduring influence of the conflict on culture, on technological advancement, and on global conflicts one hundred years after the start of World War I. Barbara Pinto moderated.

    The panel “One Century Later” was part of a meeting of the World War One Centennial Commission at the National World War I Museum to begin commemorating the start of World War I on July 28, 1914.

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    Book Discussion on Unstoppable

    Ralph Nader talked about his book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, in which he calls for an alliance between progressives, conservatives, and libertarians to take on issues like corporate bailouts, Pentagon spending, and civil liberties. During this event held at the Cato Institute, commentary was provided by Daniel McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative, and Tim Carney, columnist for the Washington Examiner.

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    President Obama on the Economy

    President Obama talked about jobs and the U.S. economy, criticizing Congress for blocking legislation that would have provided tax incentives for businesses to bring offshore jobs back to the U.S., and for spending the last week of the 2014 summer session on a lawsuit to sue the president. He spoke at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    Birth of the 1st Air Commando Group

    Dennis Okerstrom talked about his upcoming book, Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II, about a secret team that was a forerunner to modern special forces units. He was joined by Dick Cole, who also talked about his experiences such as flying as Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the 1942 raid on Tokyo, flying supplies over the Himalayas into China, and becoming one of the Air Commandos.

    This program at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch was co-sponsored by Park University.

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    Union and Confederate Calvary

    Author and military history professor Louis DiMarco talked about the evolution and role of the Union and Confederate cavalries over the course of the Civil War. He compared the capabilities of the North and the South, explaining the variations in cost, equipment and preparation on both sides.

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    Life of Eddie Rickenbacker

    John Ross talked about his book, Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed. Born in 1890, Eddie Rickenbacker was a well known racecar driver before he earned a Medal of Honor as an ace in World War I. After the war he was Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Air Lines, owned Indianapolis Motor Speedway for nearly 15 years, and was a motor car manufacturer.

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    1939 New York World's Fair

    Robert Rydell talked about the events that caused New York to host the World’s Fair of 1939. He said the Fair’s “World of Tomorrow” theme both influenced and reflected American culture while the nation continued to recover from the Great Depression. Professor Rydell also described some of the fair’s most popular inventions and attractions, including a display sponsored by General Motors.

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    Q&A with Ralph Nader

    Ralph Nader talked about his book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. Mr. Nader spoke about his upbringing and the experiences that have shaped his career in consumer protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and politics. Mr. Nader talked about his early work in automobile safety activism and his 1965 book, Unsafe at Any Speed, in which he critiques the safety records of American automobile manufacturers and, in particular, the Chevrolet Corvair. Mr. Nader also discussed some of the themes of his new book, including strategies to help create a bipartisan alliance to battle wasteful government spending and other issues. He gave tips for those who aspired to be the next Ralph Nader and talked about the experiences and lessons he learned from his third-party presidential campaigns. He also talked about how he lives without a cell phone, credit card, car, computer, or a working television.

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    Submarine H.L. Hunley

    James Speicher talked about the service, sinking, and recovery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, and the three crews who served on the vessel. The H.L. Hunley was the first-ever combat submarine to sink a warship. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.