This is one of the reasons why I love the Web. Last year, BBC’s Radio 3 Sunday feature broadcast a radio story by UK journalist and fringe explorer Ken Hollings about the RAND corporation (can also be accessed here). RAND (standing for Research ANd Development), the first think tank, was once dubbed the ‘malevolent university’ and influencer of presidents.
I wouldn’t have even heard this fascinating history if not for the Web as it was recently posted to BoingBoing. Wikipedia’s article on [w:RAND] has an amazing list of notable RAND participants including more than 30 Nobel Prize winners. RAND has been highly influential on US foreign and public policy since WWII. I highly recommend listening to this one!
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