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The Pluto Platter and the Power of Play

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The Pluto Platter and the Power of Play

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Sixty years ago, the first flying saucer crossed American skies -- and changed the face of play....
Utopian Tomorrow or Yesterday’s Dream?

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Utopian Tomorrow or Yesterday’s Dream?

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The United Nations Security Council turns 70. Is its mission a thing of the past?
Tuning In, En Masse

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Tuning In, En Masse

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Fifty years ago this week, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park became home to a countercultural gathering called "The Human Be-In."
The Promise of Possibility

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The Promise of Possibility

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On January 2, 1892, Annie Moore became the first person to be processed through Ellis Island. By Steve King.
The Myth of the Mad Monk

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The Myth of the Mad Monk

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Did Grigori Rasputin foretell his own assassination a century ago?
Island Kings

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Island Kings

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Five years ago, Kim Jong-un took over control of the North Korean government, after the death of his father Kim Jong-il. Much has changed in the isolate country, but much remains the same.
Just Like the Ones We Used to Know

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Just Like the Ones We Used to Know

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Irving Berlin thought it would be a holiday one-off for a vaudeville revue -- but "White Christmas" turned into an anthem of longing for a troubled nation.
A Failure of Vision

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A Failure of Vision

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Seventy-five years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the debate still rages over how prepared American forces could have been -- and what we can learn from their mistakes.
The Killing State

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The Killing State

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The first modern state to abolish capital punishment, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, did so on November 30, 1786.
The Fragile Blessing

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The Fragile Blessing

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Why a painter, not a president, made Thanksgiving what it means today -- a holiday as sensitive to cultural flux as to political upheaval.
The White Whale and the “American Bible”

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The White Whale and the “American Bible”

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This week in 1851, Herman Melville's epic "Moby-Dick" was published in the U.S., but it took generations before it became enshrined as a classic.
“The only woman who ever voted to give women the right to vote”

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“The only woman who ever voted to give women the right to vote”

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Almost exactly a century ago, Jeanette Rankin was elected as America's first female member of the House of Representatives.