There was a time when Carl Sagan was the James Bond of public science intellectuals: Women wanted him, and men wanted to be him. How cool is a job that lets you study and explore and pontificate on the outer reaches of the universe? By the time of his death in 1996, Sagan was that rarest of creatures, an internationally renowned public intellectual with a commercial reach that could actually touch average schmucks, conveying his interest in, say, extraterrestrials or whale communication or the surface conditions of Venus. Hand it to Broward College for celebrating the anniversary of his birth with,... More >>>