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Setting Loose the Flock
This week, Twitter turns ten years old. Social media, it turns out, goes back a couple of thousand years further....
Thoreau’s Human Nature
Henry David Thoreau moved into his Walden Pond cabin on Independence Day, 1845 -- a date he claimed was chosen wholly by chance....
In the Name of Love
Dancing turned to defiance at New York City's Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, when a police raid triggered the riots that are regarded as the beginning of the Gay Pride movement....
“The Rich World Has Turned Its Back”
Fifteen years ago this week, the United Nations designated June 20th as an annual marker of concern for the world's refugees, currently numbering 60 million....
Bounties by the Barrel
This week in 1774, the first permanent pioneer settlement in what would become The Bluegrass State was established. Still to come: its legendary whiskey....
Growing Like a Weed
Eleven years ago this week, the Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on medical marijuana. But that hasn't stopped many states from moving rapidly toward a world of legalized pot use....
Starving Amidst Plenty
36 years ago this week, 24-hour cable news became a reality....
“That Bridge which stands up like God”
This week in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge joined Gilded Age Manhattan with its less polished neighbor to the east....
“No Construction without Destruction”
Remembering the terror and turmoil of China's Cultural Revolution, fifty years on....
The Third Eye of the Imagination
Celebrating the 1,148th birthday of the world's oldest dated book, the "Diamond Sutra." By Steve King....
Terror and Fantasy
Five years ago this week, Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbotabad, Pakistan....
Welcome to the Working Week
This week in 1926, the forty-hour work week was born. Can it survive?...