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Ancestor or Impostor?

Ancestor or Impostor?

In 1912, a group of British researchers found what they thought would be a historic fossil. It entered history for a different reason.

Posted by × December 17, 2014 ×

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Narrow Straits

Narrow Straits

Sixty-five years ago, Chiang Kai-shek established a Chinese Nationalist government on the island of Taiwan.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

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The Place of Deeper Cold

The Place of Deeper Cold

On the anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty, thoughts about “the great silence that lies unbroken in the south.”

Posted by × December 3, 2014 ×

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Autumn Homecomings

Autumn Homecomings

Reading Thanksgiving Day: the riches of nature in autumn, and the gratitude of those who have too little. Essay by Steve King.

Posted by × November 26, 2014 ×

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Lords of the Cloud

Lords of the Cloud

This week in history: the smartphone debuts, forever changing language, commerce, and those at data’s helm.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

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Millions of American Homes

Millions of American Homes

In honor of Veterans Day, a look at soldiers known and unknown.

Posted by × November 11, 2014 ×

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Cinderella Berlin

Cinderella Berlin

Reading this week in history, when a “series of accidents” crumbled the Cold War’s chief battleground.

Posted by × November 5, 2014 ×

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We Annihilated the World

We Annihilated the World

This week in history: the Mercury Theatre stages an invasion, and Ichabod Crane takes his fateful ride through Sleepy Hollow.

Posted by × October 28, 2014 ×

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We the Peoples

We the Peoples

This week in history: a charter is signed in the name of postwar cooperation, and a realist learns he must turn the sail rather than the wind.

Posted by × October 22, 2014 ×

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A Bright Interlude

A Bright Interlude

This week in history: MLK wins the Nobel, John Brown raids Harpers Ferry, and Lincoln declares slavery immoral.

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

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When Modernism Was Modern

When Modernism Was Modern

This week in history: the publication of three 20th century novels which shook the world, and forever changed their authors.

Posted by × October 7, 2014 ×

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Babylon’s Rehearsals

Babylon’s Rehearsals

This week in history: Iraq is granted independence, placing 2,500 years of civilization into context.

Posted by × September 30, 2014 ×

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Being Supreme

Being Supreme

This week in history: America’s highest court debuts, and its first female judge takes her seat.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

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An Audacious Proposition

An Audacious Proposition

This week in history: Magellan and the Mayflower set sail, inspiring stories of courage, exotica, and flying cows.

Posted by × September 16, 2014 ×

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Alphabet of Hope

Alphabet of Hope

This week in history: opportunities for millions of illiterate people worldwide, one library at a time.

Posted by × September 8, 2014 ×