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East of Eden

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East of Eden

On February 14, 1886, a trainload of oranges left California for the Eastern U.S. -- and permanently changed the way we think about eating....
“We Win and They Lose”

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“We Win and They Lose”

This week in history: the birth of "The Reagan Doctrine" and the closing era of the Cold War....
Wounds of Body and Mind

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Wounds of Body and Mind

Looking back on the cost of battle, through the figure of the deserter....
“A Parity of Incomprehension”

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“A Parity of Incomprehension”

Captain James Cook landed in the Hawaiian Islands on January 18, 1778....
“The Light is the Same”

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“The Light is the Same”

This week in 1949, the cornerstone of Washington D.C.'s Islamic Center was laid....
The President’s Pulpit

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The President’s Pulpit

The 225-year history of the State of the Union address has seen the introduction of the Monroe Doctrine, the War on Poverty -- and more than a few calculated applause lines....
Screen Time

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Screen Time

120 years ago this week, Auguste and Louis Lumière introduced the "cinematograph" to the world....
Pity, Fear and the American Musical

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Pity, Fear and the American Musical

This week in 1927, "Show Boat" transformed Broadway -- in matters of both style and substance....
Weeping and Marching in the Streets

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Weeping and Marching in the Streets

Five years ago this week: Tunisia's "Jasmine Revolution."...
Kyoto and After

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Kyoto and After

Eighteen years ago this week, the U.N. agreement on human-caused climate change was adopted....
From the Jungle to the Highway

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From the Jungle to the Highway

Fifty years ago this week, Ralph Nader updated the muckraking tradition made famous by writers like Upton Sinclair....
Rockwell’s Holiday

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Rockwell’s Holiday

Why a painter, not a politician, put his stamp on Thanksgiving....

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