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Mortality Now: Top 5 Reminders of Death for Aging Baby Boomers

Gary Laderman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Memento Mori. Remember, you will die. Not a pleasant thought, yet one that has universal application because it is an unavoidable truth. The vanity of...

"Cruz Loves God and James Madison," and Phil Robertson has a Fake James Madison Quote to Back That Up

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Rodda

A few days ago on Fox News, Duck Dynasty star and Ted Cruz supporter Phil Robertson explained to Neil Cavuto why he supports Cruz: At about 1:20 in...

America Inc?

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

For some time now, there has been a constant stream of nonsensical assertions about the nature of and proposed course for America's future, from people in political and business "spheres of influence."

What Every American Should Know

Aspen Institute | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Aspen Institute

Americans, both new and old, are faced with a challenge. We must make a common culture that mirrors our new America -- an America where "us" is no longer "white" by default, where the population has never been more diverse, where our role in the world is shifting rapidly.

Eight Years Later, I Still Believe In Obama's America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

This is Obama's America, an America that rejects hate, rejects tribalism. It's an America where we identify as members of groups based on ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, ideology, etc., but where our common bonds as Americans come first.

Make America Great Again?

Jeb Harrison | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Jeb Harrison

The slogan, "make America great again," taken in context with the rest of his vitriol, embodies a sinister, xenophobic vision that, given its popularity, is well worth talking about.

Don't Remove Wilson's Name From Princeton, Flip His Racist Legacy

Derrick Darby | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Derrick Darby

Instead of removing names from schools, residence halls, and monuments we should "flip" them by devoting the resources, spaces, and cultural significance they represent to address the enduring problems associated with the historical legacies of their namesakes

Understanding Bill Clinton's Extraordinary Presidency: A Terrific and Timely Tome

Alon Tal | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Alon Tal

Why do we study history? It is often said that by considering our past, we can better understand our present reality. Like the proverbial sail boat...

2017 - Reformation Year?

Lee Palmer Wandel | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Lee Palmer Wandel

Churches and communities on both sides of the Atlantic have begun preparations to mark "Reformation Year," the quincentennial of the day that Martin L...

The Unexpected History of American Capitalism

The Alternative Banking Group of OWS | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
The Alternative Banking Group of OWS

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prevents the government from depriving (certain) people of "life, liberty, or property" without due process of law. That's pretty vague on its face, and it may be an historical accident that we have focused mainly on the "property" angle ever since.

Refugees Are Not the Problem, My Fellow Americans. Fear Is.

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

One can't dispute Republicans' concerns about terrorism's threat to national security, concerns which Democrats fully share, but one can argue how best to proceed -- and impugning Muslim refugees, again, plays into Islamic terrorism's hand.

"Minty Meets Her Massa"

Taii K. Austin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Taii K. Austin

MINTY MEETS HER MASSA is a satire on the sanitization of American history in textbooks. PLEASE WATCH UNTIL THE END TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE. ...

5 Hot Books: Paris's Best Street, How to Beat Cancer, and a Transgender Novel

The National Book Review | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review Five books that people are talking about this week -- or should be: 1. The Danish G...

Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University, and the Battles We Choose to Fight

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

I don't really care one way or the other whether Princeton erases Woodrow Wilson from its history - except to the extent that such an action would inevitably invite an endless array of similar claims that would both fundamentally distort the realities of our history and distract attention from the real issues of deeply-rooted injustice in our contemporary society that we need to take seriously today.

Happy Thanksgiving to Pilgrims and Puritans Alike!

Mark Moore | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

We need a few more Squanto's, learning other's languages, planting seeds, being patient, feeding people. Even if you feel like the last survivor of your people, those type of meals may well save you.

Review: Sarah Vowell Is Great -- But a Little Goes a Long Way

The National Book Review | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Don't get me wrong. I like Sarah Vowell. But her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, is something of a puzzle. Vowell's funny. She's smart, quick, and clever. If you've heard her on "This American Life," you'll know she's a sound artist -- working her antic way through the great collection of words left, boxed up, in history's archives.

America Is an Idea Founded on Thanksgiving and Refugees

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Cyd Zeigler

People say America is more than just a nation, it is an idea. That idea took shape centuries ago at that table covered (in all likelihood) with fowl, corn, mussels and clams. It was that bridge between two cultures that has been a part of our American psyche and led to the birth of our nation.

The Conversation About Race Is Missing the Larger Issue

Sheril Antonio | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sheril Antonio

Even when we earnestly discuss race, usually in the context of yet another revelatory event, we are still avoiding the larger issue, which is rooted in the profound lack of education and consistent access to a complete version of our country's history.

My Family History, as Told by George Takei

Alex Lawrence | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Alex Lawrence

I'm only 32, relatively young in the full scheme of my life, and while I've done some exciting things with it, I don't exactly have lawyers knocking on my door offering to buy my personal story or my family's life story.

Discovering the Thousand Islands in New York State and Ontario, Canada

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.03.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

One of the most memorable travel experiences I could imagine would be discovering a place on the planet of extraordinary beauty that I had never kn...

A Hidden Gem In Indianapolis, Indiana: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I'm a big museum person and was delighted to hear that there was a museum dedicated to Native Americans - their culture and art - on the western edge of downtown Indianapolis, in White River State Park.

Childhood Sure Ain't What It Used to Be

Vicki Cobb | Posted 10.21.2015 | Books
Vicki Cobb

With threats to life on all sides, both natural and man-made, childhood in the Kansas Territory was far from being a sheltered, protected existence. The contrast to the cosseted up-bringing of many of today's children is striking.

Pumpkin Spice Nation

Jesse Lasky | Posted 10.18.2015 | Taste
Jesse Lasky

I was in Trader Joe's recently and there were pumpkin flavored dog treats. Now, I can't speak for my dog (though I have been known on occasion to sp...

Ann Coulter's Immigrant Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Coulter's peculiar logic and word play provoked my own curiosity about her heritage. I decided to take a peek into her past, starting with her parents.

The Sacred Matter of Guns in American History

Gary Laderman | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

The question is not about "mental health." Nor is it about how to regulate the sale of firearms. What matters most here and now to better grasp the power and meaning of owning guns in American life is American history, which is a sad but familiar tale of gun worship and gun carnage.