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— CNN’s Anthony Bourdian visits Israel and the Palestinian territories for this show, “Parts Unknown,” and explains the Israel-Palestine conflict over food. I’ve heard the episode is great and that he explains it all very strongly. (via shortformblog)
Related, Bourdain was in Beirut when the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah broke out. It is one of the best hours of television about the Middle East ever made.
James Van Allen once told me that the pursuit of knowledge was a sufficient answer for questions about applicability of space exploration. It’s all about understanding who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going. We’re all the stuff of stars, and now we’re actually examining that ‘stuff’."