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  • Lowy Institute Live: In Conversation with General James Mattis and Sir Angus Houston

    On Thursday 15 October 2020, the Lowy Institute’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove hosted an in conversation event via live video stream with General James Mattis, one of America’s most experienced and influential military leaders. They were joined by Sir Angus Houston, former Chief of the Australian Defence Force.

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  • 10,000 Vintage Recipe Books Are Now Digitized in The Internet Archive’s Cookbook & Home Economics Collection

    Cookbooks are windows into history—markers of class and caste, documents of daily life, and snapshots of regional and cultural identity at particular moments in time.

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  • The economics of vending machines

    The pandemic has boosted interest in vending machine ownership. But just how lucrative is the business?

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  • How some older Americans are monetizing their #VanLife

    With large parts of the economy still sputtering under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are having to scale back. But some older Americans were already living a minimalist lifestyle on the road — and some of them have leveraged their nomadic approach into income.

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  • Interview with Jazz Trumpet legend Charles Tolliver

    Interview with the legendary Jazz trumpeter & co-founder of Strata-East Records Charles Tolliver, discussing the label, Slugs, Jackie McLean, John Gilmore and more, from Radio KXCI 91.3 FM Tuscon AZ USA

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  • Craft Beer in a Pandemic

    Brewing, like many industries, has had to adapt during the coronavirus pandemic. And whilst this can be a logistical nightmare, the current crisis might also present some new opportunities.

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  • High-Resolution Walking Tours of Italy’s Most Historic Places: The Colosseum, Pompeii, St. Peter’s Basilica & More

    Whether the Colosseum and Palatine Hill in Rome, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and the towns of Pompeii (in two parts) and Herculaneum both ruined and preserved by Mt. Vesuvius, ProWalk’s videos show you all you’d see on an in-person waking tour. But they also include features like maps, marks in the timeline denoting each important site, and onscreen facts and explanations of the features of these historic places.

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  • ‘Fresh Air’ Celebrates The 90th Birthday Of Jazz Improviser Sonny Rollins

    Rollins recorded his first sessions in 1949, and played his last live shows in 2012. Kevin Whitehead offers an appreciation, then we listen back to a 1994 interview with the tenor saxophonist.

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  • Taxicab Geometry as a Vehicle for the Journey Toward Enlightenment

    In casual conversation, many (perhaps most) individuals are impatient with what they regard as slight distinctions of meaning. This impatience with fine-grained semantic sensitivity is reflected in the popularity of such pejorative expressions as “splitting hairs” and “just semantics.” The reigning attitude is that individuals who pay attention to apparently small differences in the definitions of words are pedantic and tedious. But slight differences in meaning can be surprisingly meaningful.

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  • Economic Activity, Prices, and Monetary Policy in Japan

    Speech at a Meeting with Business Leaders in Okinawa (via webcast)

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