Marie Sklodowska Curie

Lead: Winner of two Nobel prizes, the French physicist Marie Curie, born Maria Sklodowska near Warsaw, Poland, helped advance the understanding of radioactive substances.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Learning was a lifetime passion for Marie Curie. Her parents lived and taught in a private school and as a child she demonstrated a remarkable memory in academic matters but hers was not a purely abstract scholarship. During Maria's childhood, her native Poland could not be found on the maps of eastern Europe. For centuries Polish territory had been parceled out to hostile neighbors and in 1863, due to an abortive revolt, Poland had become little more than a Russian province. The Polish language was suppressed. As a teenager she took part in the secret nationalist "free university" where she taught the Polish language to women workers.

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Bretton Woods Conference

Lead:  With the defeat of Germany and Japan expected if not guaranteed, Allied governments met in July, 1944 to give some order to the postwar economic world.

 Tag: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 Content: Often war erupts when normal economic relations break down. When hunger, privation, or shortages threaten, nations are tempted to take by force what is denied them in the regular operation of the marketplace.

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