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input those blogs on her website up until last year. the mighty goods who brought this book to market and submitted to turn paired to sigrid brown who continued to
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attend and to the judges at 10 for selecting her for this award. thank you. [applause] >> there was than a day, but i always found laws. each are judged from far-flung land to find evil queens. a wildness that falling in love could unleash.
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♪ [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage pulitzer prize-winning writer. [applause] gregory pardon my. >> dreadful day. when the world shall pass away so the priests of the showman saying. what on class and show the firm be sharp though, wounded knee, to what judgment meekly led show then gather trumpeted by louis armstrong from the dead, life and death shall hear be rising
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from their moist internment wasting all their flags before them poison rocket bomb, nations of the earth shall calm and his record page on page for every building he shall scan indicates age sentences a righteous rage. they been shown shake me, what reply can merchants make me what defensive can the fate. idea majestic god and savior of the broken heard sealed mean, kudrow, grant me mercy, grant the sword. on behalf of penn america and our judges have roberson, i'm thrilled to present this year's award for poetry to one of the most important writers in all of
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caribbean literature, kamal bradley. [applause] his poetry is coming in his words, and into returning to the history and culture of ourselves. the primary character of the work is the insistence on the poem is language springing from a somewhere done in the spirit of the oral tradition. he gives voice to the people he lives among them his words to the nature responded generative fabric of african heritage. his work is insistently local, sinuously syncopated and consistently exciting. i'm honored to accept this award on its behalf. [applause] >> thank you.
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>> we wanted to hold the line, but they started shooting. they sprayed everybody in the face and it went in my mouth. i couldn't breathe. concussion grenades went off. i just covered my ears and dropped down. >> imc for outside than in those heavy grasses. i don't trust nobody but the land.
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[applause] >> please welcome vice president editorial dirt of global content for espn, patrick steedman. >> good evening. sports reflect change in american society through her triumphs and through our failures. sports can be art in the concept of sticking the sports throughout the history of the games we play, athletes are broken barriers of race, religion and politics. this evening we celebrate the writers that obnoxious great sports stories, but deliver great literature. this award is presented by espn and practice a number of my colleagues are with me in the audience tonight. on behalf of espn, i'm honored to champion honored to champion sportswriting at the highest level with some remarkable work
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from remarkable authors. but before that, i would first like to thank this year's judges, sally jenkins, chloe cooper jones and joe nocera who incidentally won this award last year. and now, the finalists of the pen espn literary sportswriter award for nonfiction book published in 2017 r. jonathan cake, ralphie cohen, lee montville, jerry porter and joe tone. and the winner is, for his book, all the life, and jonathan eight. [applause] and fortunately, jonathan could
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not be with us tonight, but he did ask me to share a few remarks, which i will now share with you. thank you in america and espn for this honor which i appreciate even more given the incredible list of finalists. as to my agent david bought and everyone for publishing the previous book of all time. if mohammed ali were here, i think i know what he would say. he would say giving out a word, chomp. it's my story. you just typed it. i think he would say something else. something like what he said 50 years ago. i am america. i am the part you won't recognize, they get used to me. blah, confident. my name, not yours. my religion, not yours. my goals, my own, get used to me. well, some people are still not used to it.
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some people including the men in the white house are not used a black athletes speaking their minds in use in their to push for change. [applause] some people are not used to muslims as americans. some people are still not used to the notion that protest is actually inactive feature each of them. [applause] that is why we are here tonight because stories like the story of mohammed ali have power. stories unite us. stories create compassion. stories can knock out eight and stories can change the world. get used to it. on behalf of jonathan, and thank you. [applause] for more than a half-century, and dave has written about sports with the primacy of the
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physical senses in the plane spare language that translates his pieces into immediate personal ax. he says. occurred at a racetrack becomes an exercise in rising dread. jockeys that strikes the face of the great resource and the followers of his word feel the visceral sensation. dave's narrative works read more like novels. page turning experiences the readers are reluctant to end and always want more. we are pleased to honor his rich and distinguished career and one that personally, as i read the pages of the sporting news and later the national as an aspiring sports journalist consistently inspired enemies. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage the winner of this years espn lifetime
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achievement award for literary's worth writing, and the great, dave kindred. [applause] ♪ ♪ as others have said wow, i don't know what i'm doing here, but i'm very happy to be here. as barbara said i think when i got the e-mail from 10, i thought it was like the announcement of who one and i read it and then i said wait a minute, i should read this again. i read it again and then i said maybe i should put on my glasses to read this. it was the thrill if i were a cool guy i would act cool.
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but in the manner of transparency here, i am thrilled i've been a sportswriter. it was first paid to be a sportswriter 50 years ago. i was most recently paid last week, so i just keep working. [applause] i like this thing that says the freedom to write it i think all of us have a necessity to write. i know i do. i tried to retire but in the last eight years i've written 300,000 words on a gross high school basketball team in three books and i'm missing the game tonight. i have my phone on silent, but expect to get messages anytime. i am thrilled. i've been everywhere, done everything. i've been in bed with mohammed ali. it's a long story.
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[laughter] i've sat at the moonlight with the beautiful at this surely spare and. that's a fun story. and i've seen howard cosell in his underwear. so i'm not easily thrilled, but i'm thrilled tonight. [laughter] and i think penn america and espn for creating and maintaining this award, for the that i love, the craft that has enabled me to write about xml, but more importantly about people and ideas. everything i've ever thought about life for the world have been able to read and for its pages, "washington post," may gray bascom and george simon here. newspapers and magazines that allow me to say what i want to say. the freedom might come a to right and obligation to write.
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i am humbled, honored and proud. thank you very much. [applause] >> please welcome executive director of pen and america, and suzanne novel. [applause] >> at penn america we think of ourselves above all as a literary community. our community is heterogeneous, loosely defined, ever expanding, energize, full of opinions commended the community. when the conveniences will do later this spring when writers around the world join together in urgent dialogue. when this party as they did a few weeks back and will do and may again depend literary gala. when immobilizes as we've done
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time and again, saving funding for the nea, nih, imposing the muslim and, citing prison book bears, and protesting the jailing of pn mars shots to come the newly announced winners of this year's freedom to write award. and what helps members and needs as we do with our emergency fund to bring in peril graders to safety in the community that celebrates members accomplishments as we do tonight, brimming with pride and admiration. a train to america we fortified the bonds of this community coming to communicate better comics banner programs to reach 14 cities across the country and draw together with her sister center in los angeles to create a national organization from coast to coast. the one thing our community hasn't done, at least not formally altogether yet is to take a moment to remember.
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as we approach her centennial rate in 2022, we are mindful as standing on those who built this extraordinary organization of writers found in solidarity with those who pay the highest price for exercising their freedom. we owe in a calculable debt of gratitude to those who come first in which the community with their vision, writing, editing, translating kind initiative, and energy and oppression. we've never done this before, but please join me in a moment of tribute to the great our community has said goodbye to over the last year. ♪ ♪
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♪ [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, open to the stage authored the best-selling award-winning novel come in the book of salt and bitter in the mouth and chair of the pen literary award committee, monique turned on.
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[applause] >> this evening i'm here to recognize the art of the short story. like a pilot, and a short story writer knows that each paragraph , sentence and word is crucial. i would like to recognize jodi angel, leslie mecca arena and alexander klayman. the pen and robert shea tao for emerging writers is generously funded by robert shea who is in the audience with us. [applause] the prize recognizes 12 emerging
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fiction writers for their debut short story published in the literary magazine, our cultural website in 2017. please hold your applause to the hand while they read the names of this year's honorees. the winners are you on him off the road, lauren friedlander, christina friese, lynn king, drew mccutcheon, celeste mohammed, embrace and morally, mod truth, alex jarrell, it gave the thomists will occur see a, megyn tucker and bernie long.
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[applause] the next award tonight is the pen phyllis naylor writing workshop which is offered in nearly two children or young adult fiction. this fellowship is generously funded by phyllis naylor, who is also in the audience tonight. [applause] it has been developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career, to complete a book length work in progress. we would like to recognize the
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serious charges, lynn miller lockman, linda sue park and francisco storck. this year's winner is the t-shaped men. please stand to be recognized. [applause] and now, the pen robert w. big-name prize for debut fiction is awarded to a writer whose work of fiction represents distinguished literary achievement in 2017 and suggests great comments. this award is generously funded by the bingham family and they
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are in the audience this evening. [applause] i would like to also thank our judges. meow her, leon, scotch adjusted florez and sergey watkins. the finalists are hannah is funny. [applause] , and need a blackbird annalee friedland. carmen maria wauconda.
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[applause] and jenny zach. [applause] they gave me a red envelope. and the winner is ginning sign for shower heart. [applause] [cheers and applause] ♪ >> while, thank you. the last time i won an award was in fourth grade. i had no idea what was going on. still down, but thank you so
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much to the bingham family. thank you so much to the judges, to everyone else who was nominated. thank you for raising the bar. i grew up in a community that was considered alien if it was considered at all. it's really hard to love yourself when the world is signaling how much they don't. and i guess that is where the collective struggle is more important than my individual one. so shout out to my family, to my friend, tonight agent, samantha shea, my editor, kayla meyers who edited this book with me, to andy lord and truly to all of the people who have cared for me
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into a sheltered me and supported me and accepted me and challenged me and let me back no matter how much i'd questioned or stayed away. a special shout out to the chinese and chinese-american community for -- [applause] happy year of the dog, everyone. thank you to the chinese-american community for letting me tell some of our stories because if i am being really honest, sometimes telling my people's stories can feel like a betrayal and not so much a triumph. sometimes i wonder who am i to sell out my community to those who are eager to consume or
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suffering and profit from our accelerants. still, i am very lucky that i've been able to tell my stories, to tell all of the strange things that go on in my brain coming to feel not wrong and i know that freedom comes at great cost. thank you, 10, for fighting for it. i hope for a future without walls, without borders. finally, i am standing, my parents came today and they told me that i'm standing in the building across the street from where my father first lived when he emigrated to america. and i don't know, i never thought that i would be more than the gum on the back of issue, so it's kind of cool to be a whole human being in front of you.
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[laughter] if i forgot to say something, it's because i forgot. thank you, mom and dad. goodnight. [applause] ♪ >> the moment of false hope is gendered everybody was being happy and in the realization, and poisons public life in the u.s. ♪ i think writers have to be a full sign between truth and life of powerful and unifying and
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will be enough to count for the terrible things. ♪ [applause] >> please welcome award-winning author of six novels and three collections of short areas, carla mccann. [applause] >> good evening. i am extremely humbled and honored to be here to present the award for achievement in international literature. the award began last year awarded to an international writer for their grand body of work. i would like to sincerely thank this year's judges, diana abu jar and michael i..jay. it doesn't get much better than not. so vladimir nabokov once said
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that the sins of literary creation is to portray ordinary objects as they will be reflected in the end timely mirrors of future times to find in the objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern and appreciate in far-off times. this year's author, the series winning author, a friend, a hero, a legend, i love this witness. she pulls back the curtains and she opens up the windows of our rooms. she finds that fragrant tenderness and dignity. she restores what has been devalued by others. she read an incredibly complex cutie and creates deeply human structures in a world that so often opposes such complexity.
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she is subversive in the best way. she makes justice from reality. she refuses to live instead in submission to the times. she imagines an insidious. she bears our sorrows and illustrate the close proximity of happiness and joy of to that same sorrow. all of this is helix together from the welded together in a joyous celebration of language. author of more than 30 books, an irish treasurer, an international writer to cherish, a voice of our times from whom we get our own voices and indeed a writer from whom we get around time. it is with enormous pleasure that i will come to the stage this year's recipient of the award, edna o'brien.
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[applause] ♪ >> he can't usually sing. he sings dirty old town. thank you. we can all make sure [speaking in native tongue] i don't ask or expect you to understand that. but my first language in a sense was irish and english was spoken at home in irish is in the partial. so if that counts for some of my schizophrenia and also the
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mingling of two languages, and the irish and english. pen was founded in 1921 by john goetsch where they and my god should think how much pen has done for writers, for the world, for enlightenment and for all of us. we are the lucky ones. some of us here tonight, some of us here last year or next year. but penn also sees the people at this very moment in jails in turkey is area all over the world tortured, silenced and never to come out. that is something amazing and something that gets forgotten because they are unable to reach us. so we have to think of them, and we do. i would like to send a belated valentine to the two judges who
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from the pool of fiction chose me. taken a. they are not here. they are probably busy writing, but i want to thank them very, very much. now, there is a puzzle for me this evening because the award i've been given is that painful cough of ward. the genius that he was, was quite scathing about women. in fact, he didn't think women could write very well if at all and he accused them of what was the phrase, the sentimental lake remains of a mob broke via. so he himself -- [inaudible] so what would he say about that?
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that's the first thing. second thing, i do admire him in his book called lectures on literature is unrivaled. one of the greatest books i've ever read about other writers. he chose it in a safe or jane austen, and that scraped in on account of having writ with no other reason. however, i learned from him and one thing that hit home when i was young. that's a long time ago, by the way. he said the writer is both storyteller, teacher and enchanter. but he rated enchantment as the most important thing of all. and in that, i would totally agree with him.
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there is a notion out there in the big world and sometimes whole world, that writing is elitist. writing isn't elitist. the deepest thing we have. it's as essential to us as their breathing. he brings other worlds, other pain, other grief, other humanities, other paradoxes to us through language. writing is the golden fleet and we should never forget it. where else was i going to say it? yes, back to mr. developed for a second. it means different things to different people. i think frank's and not sure who sang a song about it, many other people been on a dance floor
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prevents somebody singing are many of the other pleasures. i think enchantment, speaking on literature, was the thing that i would say defines enchantment for me and a permanence. while i am lost in a very good way, lost in the depths in the variation in the genius and even sometimes slight mistake, lost and it, was also kerry in there if you know what i mean. and then, the most important thing of all, that a book or poem or a fragment of a boat or a drama, most important thing is
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prominence. yes, life is uninsured for us. we don't know what's prominence here after shakespeare said no traveler returns to tell us the way. they have a feeling or a theory, perhaps if they wish that language was not more than people and therefore it's permanence is vital. it moves us from one generation to the next. i come from a country of which i've heard it mentioned with my language moment, but a country with whom i've had not a very easy relationship. it is sometimes difficult. but they have come from that country in the most interesting thing i think others said by another writer, irish writers in the country of burke, he said
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part-time into song. he was speaking of the eight. but the wonderful thing to know that my miss an obstacle in all those things, that is what makes a writer not only begin, they keep going. i think my country. in conclusion, i want to loudly think pan america for this award. i haven't had many awards. now i have something to put on the back of my next book. so i'm looking forward to that. [laughter] headache as well to think the fellow writers, musicians, everybody this evening that has made such a beautiful, cordial and happy evening. i'm always the last person i was going to thank. let's see. i mustn't forget.
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i'm scattered because i'm happy. [laughter] yes, all of you. [applause] thank you very much. >> ladies and gentlemen to my pleas welcome to the stage, cultural critics professor and author, margaret jefferson. [applause] >> good evening in many congratulations to all of the distinguished and deserving and exhilarated. the pendleton book award is given to unexceptionable book length work by an author of color in the united states in 2017. past recipients have included
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poets, novelists and nonfiction writers. i would like to recognize the serious charges of murder see corral, caitlyn rematch in quan barry. this years winner will be in good company with last year's recipient. the finalist for the pendleton book award by jessica b. harris. [applause] quay milliner. alexis okada law.
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-- my book. i want to thank my editor, my agent jan of the wylie agency and michelle amaro and my friends and family who are so supportive during the extent before and in writing of this book. i wanted to tell a different story about africa that humanized and portrayed people on the continent and tucked away under and about the way they had
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agency wanted to fight back against their situations. that took me all over the continent, including doing things like wandering around boca d. show about a security escort, but it worked out and i didn't know people would get the story, but they did and i appreciate the train to america is one of the bodies they got through that story. thank you so much. [applause] >> in our final word of the evening, the pen jean stine book award. this comes at the $75,000 grant generously funded by bill clegg and katrina banning google in the audience this evening.
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[applause] it is given to an author or book length work of any genre that has broken new ground in signal strong potential for lasting influence. throughout the evening we've discovered the artfulness, fearlessness and influence of our exceptional five finalists. the judges, major jackson, claudia landon, paul yamasaki and i were given the difficult task of choosing only one winner. again, the finalist for the vocal word i cannot see code. [applause] hari kunzru [applause] victor laval [applause] lowly long soldier [applause] kevin young.
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[applause] in the winner is lately long soldier. [applause] [cheers and applause] ♪ and >> i'm so happy. so sorry you.
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first i'd like to thank pen. thank you very much. i wanted to paraphrase what i heard in that clip, half the quote, saying, correct me if i'm wrong, but i heard him say they americans are taught they had the right to everything. is that right? when i wrote whereas a moment to say it's okay for us to have
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boundaries and it's okay to have respect. and it's okay to hear parts of the history that you've not heard before in the country as much of my book with a book of speaking back with connection and relationships and love and honoring our people in my relatives, my family, my friends, my mentors, my fellow artists and writers. so i thank you call here. this evening i have mad a lot of
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new people and had a lot of awkward moment. [laughter] so if it was awkward with me, just know i was sending you love. as soon as the doors opened i ran to my feet. i would like to thank my mother, first and foremost. she is actually even now taking care of my daughter. she does so much to make it possible for me to write and trial and visit people. i would like to thank my father who is a painter and that is all he's ever done his whole life and he taught me patience in what you do and the most
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important thing is to do something that brings you peace is. i'd like to thank my daughter likes the way. she gives me so much hope. so much hope for this next-generation of young women and young native women in the community that i know she will be a part of that the young generation. i would also like to thank jeff shots because if it were up to me, i would've written this this book and then just disappeared. [laughter] so i think that they know that about me and they've been very patient and gentle in my way of
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doing things. and of course, i think they are decided -- i think they are decided, but the judge is. [applause] [applause] right? okay, everybody feeling all the fields? it says here that it's a wrap, folks. this has honestly been a deep honor and also really fun and cool. it's like the oscars, but smarter. no offense to the oscars. one last round of applause to
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all of our winners and finalists this evening. [applause] thank you to pan america, to all of our judges, the literary community in championing words that changed the world to join us in the lobby for a champagne toast. give it up one more time for the house band. see you next year. ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ >> booktv covers many awards ceremonies throughout the year. the national book awards, the paolucci award dinner, the guggenheim letterman in military history and others. you can watch all of them online at booktv.org. simply type book award in the search bar at the top of the page. the
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>> between the two of you, how many times have you been arrested? >> been arrested are going to jail. he's the jail man. i don't know how many times i build you up. >> last time it was down in fredrickson, in st. louis or whatever it was, but i got a call from my brother. how much money do you need? but that's just the kind of love, respect and support that he had.
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>> hot cellular wonderful as tori about this. it was about 2016 i believe i was sworn in as chairman of the united states commission on international religious freedom. i served on the commission and was elected chairman. so i was being sworn in as chairman by chief justice john roberts of the supreme court. so i asked if he could do me the honor of splitting the bible for me. yes, that is true. we got the wonderful people at the -- where is it? somewhere around syracuse. but this bible is a special bible. kevin's bible. so the wonderful people they are gave us the bible, a great, big,
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beautiful bible. imagine what that must have cost the poor woman in harriet tubman time. they gave something about her faith and how she had a bible. in any event, and they gave us the bible when i was being sworn in and chief justice roberts chambers. as we were walking up in front of the supreme court to go into the building, as we walked past a couple of police officers, security police, i see one of them catch cornell sigh in the two of them, cornell and the officers stare at each other and give each other a little head nod and we continue walking in. i turned to brother cornell and i said what was that all about? he said this is the first time i've ever been to the supreme court when i wasn't here to get
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arrested. he handcuffed a little early. we went to jail. >> chief justice roberts was so gracious. >> that was a magnificent one. >> another one of my favorite stories as he was so fast, when he was the changing instrument, he would put them in his mouth. so that happening. not really hygienic at all and illustrate certainly how far
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we've come. he was moving so fast and he accidentally took off his assistance finger in the middle of its operations. and as he was changing instrument, he splashed the code of a spectator and it was sad he died right there afraid. the assistant died of gangrene, the patient died of gangrene and it's referred to as the only operation with a 300% mortality rate. listing the open the ire. he actually performs the very first operation in britain. though he has discovered in america a few weeks or a month before and then makes its way over to london. now he doesn't believe it's going to work. he walks into the operating theater and often with a tiny, gentlemen. you could almost hear the ripple of pocket watches in your mind bias people pulled out their pocket watch, to see if he could
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beat his record. he walks in and says time has come a judge. he's going to try the yankee dodge because he believes that with american quackery, and that it wasn't going to work. a lot of things were working at the time. mesmer was a quiet but when around hypnotizing patients and it didn't always to do with operations. he would walk into these rooms and women would faint and have him under his spell. of course it didn't work. so he's skeptical about this. he walked to him and said i'm going to try the yankee dodge. ended does work. what is incredible about this moment to me is if anybody here tonight has ever thought about the history of surgery, which it's possible you've never thought about it quite frankly. but if you have, you might think of this moment. you might think about the age of agony being over. we have conquered pain. we no longer have patients
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struggling against the knife and crying for help here this is very liberating for surgeons. a lot of think it was the discovery that ushered us into the modern-day surgery. i would argue otherwise because what happens is surgeons still don't understand the terms exist, but they are willing to go deeper and then they did before and as a result, these operations becomes a living execution. postoperative infection, rises skyhigh and it becomes a much more dangerous. what was incredible about this moment in december 1846 when he performs the first operation in london is that a 17-year-old with an audience that day. he witnesses his monumental moment and he is the one who really usher is, i believe, surgery into the modern era i applying germ theory to medical practice.
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>> here on c-span two come and communicators is next with the state of the net conference followed by two former members of congress and their spouses on the challenge of balancing family life of public service. portion of the national governors association winter meeting took place over the weekend here in washington. ..

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