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By Juliet S. Sorensen 2:52 p.m. CDT, June 10, 2013 As director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General, Jeffrey Sachs has devoted his considerable intellect and energy to global development. It was in this capacity, he writes, that he came across John F. Kennedy’s commencement address at [...]

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Monday is the 50th anniversary of a hinge date of history. On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy helped move the world away from the nuclear precipice toward survival. J.F.K.’s act of leadership on that day is one of the greatest in modern history. The Cold War is sometimes remembered as a stable “balance [...]

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After years trying to work out how under-performing economies can reach their full potential, [Jeffrey Sachs] has taken time out to offer an act of homage to his childhood hero — John F. Kennedy. And he has singled out one of JFK’s speeches for particular praise… The true masterpiece, he believes, was a speech delivered [...]

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Here’s the audio of Prof Sachs’s discussion with Christopher Lydon of Radioopensource.org in Boston at the JFK Library.

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Fifty years ago this very week, global war seemed likely, even inevitable. The near disaster of the Cuban Missile Crisis cast a shadow over human survival. And yet from that darkness, President John F. Kennedy conjured a shaft of light. Through an astounding combination of soaring vision, stunning eloquence, and masterful political tactics, Kennedy forged [...]

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