“Interstellar” is my generation’s space opera

My wife and I went to watch “Interstellar” on an IMAX screen yesterday, and, let me tell you… This movie is my generation’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” for many reasons. Spoilers ahead, so read at your own peril. THE FIRST ACT The movie begins with us getting to know “Cooper” and his small family. His son Tom is a lot like Cooper. He’s bright, hard-working, and he wants to be a farmer. Murphy, the daughter, is a lot like her father as well. She’s intelligent and likes to buck the system. The family is rounded-out by Donald, Cooper’s father-in-law. We learn early on that Cooper’s wife died from a brain infection and was not saved because technology has failed around the world in a pretty much catastrophic way.

When governments are not enough

We were talking the other day about the public health needs of Baltimore City in particular and the world in general. If you look at what is going on with regards to the health of the world, there is a lot to be done. Sure, we’ve already done a lot when it comes to public health. Smallpox has been eradicated. Infectious diseases are no longer the leading causes of death in most parts of the world. Lots of people are getting the necessary vaccinations to live beyond childhood. But there are other things already here and on the horizon that are going to test our ability to look after the people’s health. A very recent and very clear example is the Ebola crisis in Western Africa. Because we failed to recognize and react to it in time, a handful of cases left there and traveled here… And now we’re all freaking out about it. It was the same way with

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