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The Force Turns Forty

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The Force Turns Forty

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Four decades on, George Lucas's vision -- and the philosophy it embodied -- is still shaping our culture.
“It Is a Great Art to Saunter”

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“It Is a Great Art to Saunter”

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A transcendental stroll with Henry David and Ralph Waldo.
The Canaries in Our Coal Mine

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The Canaries in Our Coal Mine

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Looking back to 1970 and the first "Earth Day" -- and peering down the road at the future of a rapidly changing planet. By Steve King.
“The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender”

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“The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender”

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On Easter weekend in 1742, a packed house in Dublin heard the very first performance of a work whose chorus would come to stand for joyful celebration. By Steve King.
A Fearful Thing: America Enters the First World War

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A Fearful Thing: America Enters the First World War

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A century ago, the United States entered the first of the twentieth century's global conflicts, with permanent results. By Steve King.
The Sinister Hand

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The Sinister Hand

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Seventy years ago this week, President Truman signed an executive order that ushered in the modern "security state." By Steve King
Something Intricate and Fierce

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Something Intricate and Fierce

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This week in 1932, John Updike was born in the Pennsylvania town he would later use as the backdrop of his most memorable fiction.
Feminism’s Turning Point

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Feminism’s Turning Point

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This week in 1963, Betty Friedan's groundbreaking book "pulled the trigger on history."
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.