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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....
No Sign of Her

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No Sign of Her

This week in history: Paris falls under Nazi control, as the City of Lights fades to black....
The Second Big Bang

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The Second Big Bang

This week in history: cable news hits the airwaves, accelerating journalism to a fever pitch....
Caught in the Riptide

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Caught in the Riptide

This week in history: Constantinople falls, as present-day implications take root....
Not Trying to Cause a Big Sensation

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Not Trying to Cause a Big Sensation

Fifty years ago this week: The Who's "My Generation" drowns out the establishment....
What Tomorrow Will Bring

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What Tomorrow Will Bring

This week in history: Israel becomes an independent state, in the spirit of becoming the promised land....