Scientists Take the Stage to Tell Stories of Getting “Too Close to the Sun” at the Moth’s 1000th Performance
“Does she have a code name?” a staffer asked a man in blue, as The Observer stood backstage minutes before the beginning of “Too Close To The Sun: Stories of Flash Points,” a show from The Moth coinciding with the ongoing World Science Festival. It was the story-telling collective’s 1,000th event and likely the first one to have a team of secret service agents in the midst.
The would-be code-name-bearer in question (alas, those privileges don’t extend to this cabinet member) was EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, on hand at Cooper Union’s Great Hall as one of five storytellers who would take the stage with science-related tales. Ms. Jackson wasn’t the first D.C. insider to have taken this stage; less than a year before becoming president Abraham Lincoln famously gave his 1860 Cooper Union Address in the same spot. Read More