The Gallileo V probe is scheduled to land on Mars, and NASA has set up live TV coverage featuring the President. Satellite photographs show a suspicious-looking fire at what the Russians implausibly call an "oil refinery". Leo asks Toby and Josh to decide who should be featured on the next stamp. Sam and C.J. accompany the President to a concert at the Kennedy Center which will also be attended by people they are hoping to avoid for personal reasons. Toby and C.J. disagree over whether a report of the President disliking green beans will turn into a major issue or not. Written by
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The "Norwegian weather balloon incident" the President mentions to the Russian ambassador is based on a real incident in 1995 known as the "Black Brant Scare". Norwegian notifications on a scientific rocket launch were not passed on in the Russian command and control system, and an early warning radar station incorrectly identified it as a submarine launched Trident missile. As a result, Russian forces briefly entered the highest state of readiness, one step away from nuclear retaliation. See more
The concert programme is improbable, compiled by someone who doesn't go to classical music concerts. A visiting orchestra will often play a work by a composer from the host country, but Barber's Second Symphony was suppressed by the composer, and is rarely performed. There is no work by Stravinsky called 'Variations on a Theme' - it could be 'Variations: Aldous Huxley in memoriam'. Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, being for strings alone, is unlikely for a tour, where the whole orchestra would be used as much as possible. On tour, an orchestra wouldn't bring a work by a 'new' composer - they would be fairly well-established in their own country, and unless there was to be much rearrangement of the platform for this piece, a new work is generally played in the first half, so the audience doesn't leave before it. See more
Philately's fun, Josh.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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