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Rick Greenwald, Producer/Director, "Quantum Hoops" A 2007 Documentary about Caltech's Basketball team
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Eric Schmitt, New York Times (@ericschmittNYT)
Jugnu Mohsin, Publisher and Managing Editor, Friday Times
Daniel Markey, Council on Foreign Relations (@MarkeyDaniel)
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)
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