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Remembering the 240-mile "Salt March" of 1930, and Gandhi's effect on the struggle for civil rights around the world.
All the Wild that Remains
This week in history: the creation of the first National Park.
“Someplace Where You’ve Never Been Before”
This week in history: the anniversary of birth of writer and activist N. Scott Momaday, and of the Congressional Act that led to the "trail of tears."
The Genetic Century
Fifteen years ago this week, the complete sequence of the human genome was published for the first time.
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”
This week in history: the birth of "The Reagan Doctrine" and the closing era of the Cold War.
Wounds of Body and Mind
Looking back on the cost of battle, through the figure of the deserter.
“A Parity of Incomprehension”
Captain James Cook landed in the Hawaiian Islands on January 18, 1778.
“The Light is the Same”
This week in 1949, the cornerstone of Washington D.C.'s Islamic Center was laid.
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.
120 years ago this week, Auguste and Louis Lumière introduced the "cinematograph" to the world.
Pity, Fear and the American Musical
This week in 1927, "Show Boat" transformed Broadway -- in matters of both style and substance.