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Biology Is Not Destiny in the Evolution of Sexual Coercion

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 09.20.2011 | Women
Eric Michael Johnson

Cross-posted at Scientific American. Warning: content may be triggering for survivors of sexual assault/abuse. Elizabeth Wilde's mouth was stuffed w...

Ingenuity, Patents & Art: 'The Great Hall of American Wonders' At Smithsonian

AP/The Huffington Post | By BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 09.17.2011 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- The Washington building known as the "temple of invention" when it was built in 1836 to hold the nation's patents is revisiting its root...

9/11: How A Memory Is Becoming A Class Lesson

Posted 09.13.2011 | Education

What is a memory of a shocking and tragic day for many is now a history lesson for students. The New Jersey Department of Education released today ...

Obama Asks To Borrow Rockwell Painting | Posted by Sebastian Smee | Posted 09.06.2011 | Arts

In the art world, people habitually conflate artistic conservatism with political conservatism, and - flipping the terms - artistic originality with p...

Independence Day: 9 Myths Debunked

Posted 09.03.2011 | Education

The National Assessment of Education Progress revealed that in 2010, just 7 percent of eighth graders could correctly identify the three branches of g...

To Maintain a Republic

David Bromwich | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Over the past decade we have taken many long steps across the divide that separates a republic from an empire. The recovery of our proper ground depends on our seeing for ourselves the rightness of Abraham Lincoln's recoil from wars that are not wars of necessity.

A Retired Supreme Court Justice's Video Game Revolution

Newsweek | Danielle Friedman | Posted 09.02.2011 | Education

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has launched a series of videogames that teach kids about government. She talks to Danielle Friedman ...

Will the Real John Quincy Adams Please Stand Up?

R. B. Bernstein | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
R. B. Bernstein

Bachmann's inflated version of John Quincy Adams's antislavery record exemplifies how she and other Tea Party advocates remold the past into a founding-era-Disneyland version bolstering their political agenda.

Put the Story in History

William Dietrich | Posted 08.29.2011 | Education
William Dietrich

Why not use more historical fiction to hook kids on history? Make our astonishing past a life habit, not a skills exam forgotten hours after it's taken.

Nostalgia 2.0: Has Historic Preservation Become a Spectator Sport?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 08.23.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The modern historic preservation movement needs to take action: the current climate demands that it recast itself, build better and more strategic bridges with the design community, and in the process get back in touch with its roots.

What to Do When America Gets an F on Its History Report Card

Louise Mirrer | Posted 08.22.2011 | Education
Louise Mirrer

Can you identify a photograph of Abraham Lincoln and give two reasons why he was important? If so, you are doing better than 91 percent of American fourth graders.

10 Classic Public Service Ads that Changed a Nation (PHOTOS)

Posted 08.20.2011 | Impact

Since 1942, the non-profit Ad Council has been using the power of advertising for social good, educating Americans on important topics, and along the ...

Civil Rights Movement Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

I hope the country understands what a debt it owes to these young people who tried to reshape the world against impossible odds.

Meet Mike Hucksterbee

Maureen Costello | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Maureen Costello

From the standpoint of history, education and democracy, Mike Huckabee's new cartoon series is an appalling product. Make no mistake, this isn't education; it's kiddie-propaganda.

Reading a Mother's Day Card From 300 Years Ago

Louise Mirrer | Posted 07.06.2011 | New York
Louise Mirrer

As we celebrate Mother's Day 2011, let's be grateful for the mementos we have from our own mothers, and for the love they keep alive.

David Barton's Lies in Action: Randy Forbes Reintroduces 'Spiritual Heritage' Resolution

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The GOP's favorite pseudo-historian David Barton boasted to Jon Stewart recently that many members of Congress are coming to him for historical information. Well, one of these members who are taking Barton's orders is Randy Forbes.

At Mesa Verde National Park -- Who Says Learning Can't Be Fun?

Eileen Ogintz | Posted 08.03.2011 | Travel
Eileen Ogintz


Contagious Vacations: Sarah Vowell on Hawaii's History

Dan Lybarger | Posted 06.14.2011 | Books
Dan Lybarger

In her books, audio essays (for public radio's This American Life) and speeches, Sarah Vowell may be the only person on earth who can describe her vac...

PHOTOS: The Faces Of The Civil War

Posted 06.11.2011 | Arts

Why do the men in Civil War portraits look so calm? The soldiers, who fought some of the bloodiest battles in American history, couldn't have been at ...

"Will Arabs Be Able to Form Real Democracies?"

James Zogby | Posted 06.09.2011 | World
James Zogby

The test of the vitality and validity of democracies that may emerge in Arab countries will be in their ability to self-correct, change, and expand.

In Wacky GOP Presidential Field, the Donald Trumps the Shark

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.06.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

Donald Trump's transparently idiotic statements about President Obama's birth certificate and other matters haven't made Rupert Murdoch's New York Po...

Remembering Dr. Manning Marable

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2011-04-04-tavismanning.jpgDr. Manning Marable, author of the epic new biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, was scheduled to appear on my program in a few days to discuss his book. Sadly, he passed away on Friday.

Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton: A Strange Journey

Michael Pack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Pack

As we set out to make an historical documentary on Alexander Hamilton, our goal was to make a different kind of history film. We've all seen Ken Burns narrations or History Channel reenactments, so it's time for something new.

History Reexamined: Watergate and John Dean -- What Did Nixon Know and When Did He Know It?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mitch Rofsky

Jeb Magruder has disclosed a telephone conversation during which he overhead President Richard Nixon authorizing the break-in. Perhaps John Dean is rethinking his conversation with Nixon as well.

Wisconsin and American Democracy

Heather Cox Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Cox Richardson

How can lawmakers who claim to be enacting the will of the people justify passing a law that a strong majority opposes? It seems a pretty obvious contradiction.