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Quiet but effective, a powerful right-wing coalition has formed in the Senate.
“Touch in, please,” says the television set to residents of Columbus, Ohio, who have been participating in an experiment intended to revolutionize American television—two-way cable TV. It’s a two-edged sword.
In Nicaragua , battered by warfare and economic disaster, support for President Anastasio Somoza is virtually nonexistent. But the forces allied against the dictator are by no means united among themselves.
Public television offers itself as a window on high culture, but the view it affords is often narrow and timid, pretentious and solemn. How can the medium become more responsive to the creative minds it now excludes?
Why do we sleep? Perchance to rest; but that is not the only reason. And why do we dream? Scientists the world over are searching for the answers to these questions, and for cures for the countless persons with sleep problems. Some of them may be on the verge of isolating the sleep-promoting factor in the human brain. Here is a progress report on inquiries into a subject dear to us all.
He borrows upbeat slogans from Ramada Inns, reads the Harvard Business Review, talks to IBM executives, and follows the McDonald’s dictum, “Write everything down.” He is a college basketball coach, and his team is one of the nation’s best.
Many of today’s most distinguished Russian writers, painters, and sculptors have sought refuge in the West. Some live in isolation, others thrive in their new culture; but inwardly, all of them still dwell in their homeland.