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Episode 43-Psycho Bob Says
What's the Cosmos Club?

Join Psycho Bob and Shaner as they discuss the Cosmos Club, which was founded in 1878 by the  Civil War soldier, Grand Canyon explorer and scientist John Wesley Powell. Powell and the other original members envisioned the club, located in the nation’s capital, as a nexus of thought and action. 


Among its stated goals is, "The advancement of its members in science, literature, and art and also their mutual improvement by social intercourse." Should Bobber and Shaner apply for membership? They think they meet the criteria!

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The Club served as the founding venue for important institutions such as the National Geographic Society, the Wilderness Society and the Washington Academy of the Sciences. 


Many of the original members were the ones who started Nat Geo and several of its first meetings were held at the Cosmos Club. Who Knew?

Let’s talk membership of the Cosmos Club. They limit membership to people it considers distinguished in science, art, public service or professional work, and its website boasts a list of historic prominent members, including Presidents Herbert Hoover, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson, along with two vice presidents, 55 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, 61 Pulitzer Prize winners including journalism giant Walter Lippmann, and 36 Nobel Prize winners, among them the author Sinclair Lewis and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

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