Monopolies, Dinosaurs, and Nuclear Weapons—In The News 7/6/18

The context, history, and facts about current events and controversial headlines

In a fast-moving, ever-shifting world, news is continuously breaking. The Great Courses is here to help you understand full story behind the soundbites. Here are a handful of stories from the week of July 6, 2018, and their accompanying lectures on The Great Courses Plus

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Meet Justice Kennedy
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s recent retirement announcement has caused a resurgence of interest in his career. Trace Justice Kennedy’s appointment and some of the historical decisions to which he contributed.

Monopoly Is More Than Just a Game
When do acquisitions or mergers—like Walt Disney Company’s potential purchase of 21st Century Fox—cross the line and violate antitrust laws? Examine the economic reforms Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson set up to prevent monopolies.

Happy Birthday, America!
Fireworks are just the beginning of celebrating Independence Day. Discover what the 4th of July means, what it took to get the Constitution written and adopted, and how close we came to failing in our bid for independence.

How Close Are We to Building Jurassic Park?
With five movies pointing out all the pitfalls of cloning dinosaurs, you’d think we’d know better than to try. Yet… we persist. Peer inside the attempts to create a real-life Jurassic Park

Alien Life on Saturn’s Moon?
The best evidence yet for alien life was recently discovered on Saturn’s moon. Watch a video of the frozen world and explore the Earth-like structures that provide the basis for this theory.

Nukes in the News
With Korea and Iran making headlines, delve into what makes nuclear defense strategy such a horrific paradox, one in which preventing nuclear war requires developing the capabilities to fight one

We will be diligently monitoring current events and sharing updates on a regular basis, linking the latest headlines to our courses, so you can get the context, history, background, deeper meaning, and—especially—the facts. Our goal is to help our lifelong learners apply the knowledge they gain from our courses to the real world and become better-informed citizen about the present-day issues that concern us all.