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America Sped Away

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America Sped Away

This week in history: "the father of the modern political novel" is born.
Moat of Silence

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Moat of Silence

This week in history: the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and "the determination of a proud people to reclaim" a home.
The Marriage of Anna Karenina and Genghis Khan

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The Marriage of Anna Karenina and Genghis Khan

This week in history: the USSR dissolves.
The Climax of Civilization

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The Climax of Civilization

This week in history: Henry Ford is deemed a genius upon the debut of the Model T. So what then drove him to waste a fortune in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest?...
Squid on the Roof

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Squid on the Roof

This week in history: Thor Heyerdahl travels five thousand miles on a raft, as the history of Polynesia reveals a microcosm of the modern age.
The City of Well-Being

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The City of Well-Being

This week in history: the city of Baghdad is founded "as a center of learning and culture", in the face of violence and uprising.
In the Midst of the Inferno

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In the Midst of the Inferno

This week in history: the citizens of the Warsaw ghetto "choose to perpetuate goodness", in spite of the horrors cast upon them.
Smooth Traffic

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Smooth Traffic

This week in history: the arrival of the parking meter impacts driving habits and change purses nationwide. But how do cars change a city? Steve King has the books that answer that very question.
Jan Davidsz de Heem, "Still Life Of Books" (1628).

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The World’s Descent

This week: literary critic Harold Bloom turns 85, as questions of what the future holds for "deep reading" loom large.
Gravity is Your Friend

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Gravity is Your Friend

20 years ago this week: the U.S. and Russia form the International Space Station, and with it "a new era of friendship and cooperation."
Orphaned by History

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Orphaned by History

65 years ago this week: the start of the Korean War, "a puzzling, gray, very distant conflict."
The Reeds at Runnymede

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The Reeds at Runnymede

Eight hundred years ago today: the Magna Carta is signed, marking a pivotal moment of citizens claiming rights against their ruler.