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The Boston Speakers Series

In an era of abbreviated sound bites and 140-character cyber-blurts, we often lament the loss of robust live discussion and protracted speech. (The world’simportant issues can’t be reduced to a text or a tweet.) So call us geeks if you want, but we hung on every word uttered during the Boston Speakers Series at Symphony Hall, which wrapped its inaugural season in April. World leaders and sundry distinguished personalities swung through Boston to make their voices heard. Pulitzer Prize–winning author David McCullough, renowned journalist Tom Brokaw, and author and food activist Michael Pollan were in the 2011–2012 lineup. Next season’s roster of intellectual superstars includes Bill Clinton and former Mexican president Vicente Fox. Scope the full list at

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