Paul Knappenberger

Oct. 24, 2008

The $3 Million Projector

In the recent presidential debates, Senator John McCain referred to "$3 million for an overhead projector" as an example of wasteful spending. We'll talk with the head of the planetarium that wanted the projector about what it is and why the planetarium r

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