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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:00 pm

This week, on the Maryville St. Louis Speakers Series stage, former Mexican President Vicente Fox expressed his desire for better relations between his country and the U.S. But perhaps what got the audience talking was his comment about having to cut the Q&A session short so that he can “make love” to his wife.

As series subscribers know, it’s really what happens off-script that many of us treasure the most. The ‘voice’ of the Series, Nine Network’s Patrick Murphy, has a great story about how Margaret Thatcher reacted when he gave her a how-do-you-do kiss on stage. I personally remember a fly-on-the-wall moment with food activist Michael Pollan, who carefully took stock of his chef-prepared meal before diving into it. And this season, I met best-selling author Jeannette Walls, who grew up so poor that she had to dig through the garbage at school for food. She made a comment about staying at The Ritz-Carlton and ordering room service that really put things in perspective for me.

And that’s what’s so valuable about the Speakers Series experience. The takeaway (intended or not) is as diverse as its audience. Curious about who’s coming next season? Read on…


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