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What Was It Like to Be at NASA During the Challenger and Columbia Disasters

Quora | Posted 01.29.2015 | Science
Quora

What was it like to watch either the Challenger or Columbia space shuttle disasters live? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any questio...

Tet -- 1968

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 01.29.2015 | Books
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

For those of us who survived the battle for Hue City, this time of year holds a special meaning beyond the end of the first month of a new year. When we turn the page on our calendars from the end of January to the beginning of February, we do it with a shiver that has nothing to do with winter weather.

The Heart Inside My Chest Is Not My Own

Jessica Katz | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Jessica Katz

I quiet myself down, take deep breaths and listen to my heart beat. Sometimes the world can seem so chaotic, that only breathing can bring me back to the center of who I am.

The Word 'Queer' Is Only Offensive If You're a Jerk

Chase Marie | Posted 01.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Chase Marie

The word "queer" is one that still puzzles many minds today, depending on the context, as it is used now as an umbrella term for a staggeringly diverse community, one that becomes more so every day. However, for non-queer persons, one question remains: "When am I allowed to use the word 'queer'?"

'Do You See What I See': The Debate Over Black Confederates

Jim Downs | Posted 01.23.2015 | College
Jim Downs

Doing black history means more than just finding black people in the archives and stating whether they did or did not do something.

Your Story, Our Stories: A New Program at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Annie Polland | Posted 01.23.2015 | New York
Annie Polland

"Your Story, Our Stories," a new program at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, invites New York City students and teachers to explore their own family's origins as part of their immigration units.

Old Color Photos of Native Americans

Paul Ratner | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
Paul Ratner

Looking at them I see regular people but also royalty. They are in a way no different than historical portraits of European kings, queens and nobility.

Bully for Ancestry: How I Went From Glitz to the Gulags and Grew

Greg Archer | Posted 01.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

I remember when it first happened. Several years ago, I was sitting across from John Travolta at a round table press interview for a film the actor ...

7 Legendary American Dive Bars That Should Have Survived

Liquor.com | Posted 01.22.2015 | Taste
Liquor.com

The down-and-dirty criteria for a true dive varies, but the sense of ease you feel when you enter is universal.

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph By Jan Swafford

Daniel Asia | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Whether in his definitive biography of Ives, his meditation on Brahms or in this most recent offering, Swafford gets to the core of the man and deep inside the music.

Making Sense of Selma

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Julie Leininger Pycior

Alas the film's LBJ piece is inaccurate in a fundamental way, leaving the impression that Johnson supposedly was not a fan of voting rights legislation -- had to be convinced -- when that is not true.

Young People Must Know Their Own History

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Do our young people know about our own nation's history, particularly how our society has responded to marginalized groups? This question has been coming up consistently for me in recent months.

This MLK Day, See and Learn About the 5 Vehicles That Helped Change America Forever

Roadtrippers | Posted 01.16.2015 | Travel
Roadtrippers

While the Civil Rights Movement is a story about people, brave men and women who fought for equality and freedom, the vehicles involved offer us a tangible link to the past.

George Wallace Jr's Attack on Selma

Laurence Leamer | Posted 01.16.2015 | Media
Laurence Leamer

Wallace made his choice, and these days people in Alabama for the most part want to forget George C. Wallace.

A Letter from Lupita: Why Shockoe Bottom Deserves - and Demands - Protection

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 01.15.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

How do you treat the land on which men, women and children were bought, sold, and tortured? By building a major league ballpark upon it, which is exactly what Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is proposing in his "Revitalize RVA" plan.

Bully for Ancestry: Eat, Pray, Freak Out and Expose Stalin

Greg Archer | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

When you become a Northern Californian -- a true Northern Californian -- you can develop a penchant for -- how do I put this? -- spiritual things.

Martin Luther King Jr. in American Memory

Dr. Walter Greason | Posted 01.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Walter Greason

Martin Luther King Jr. conquered the challenge Abraham Lincoln outlined in his second inaugural address in 1865. No two human beings have defined freedom and the struggle for its achievement better.

If the Fortune Cookie Didn't Originate in China or America, Where Did It Come From?

Quora | Posted 01.15.2015 | Taste
Quora

I like to say fortune cookies were invented by the Japanese, popularized by the Chinese and ultimately consumed by Americans.

My World War I 101

Roger Fisk | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Roger Fisk

The line of people who know more about World War I than I do could stretch longer than the Great War's 450-mile scar that runs through Europe to this day.

Following in the Footsteps of Malcolm X

Emily O'Dell | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

Following in the footsteps of Malcolm this year in Africa and the Middle East, I've learned that knowledge, humility, and humor make for great weapons in the fight for freedom.

A Holocaust Survivor Shares the Story of Her Tattoo

Quora | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty
Quora

When I was tattooed at Auschwitz, I was stunned. But it was a day when I had lost my whole family. I had lost everything I knew up to that point. I thought at the time, If there is hell on Earth, this is probably it.

The NYT's Limitless Ignorance of Bangladesh Trials

Sabbir Khan | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Sabbir Khan

One doesn't expect the world's leading -- and liberal -- paper to take a stance that goes effectively against a court in a Third World country that's struggling against great historic odds to bring genocidal killers to justice.

Take the Opportunities of Travel to Always Learn Something New

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 01.12.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

I love to travel because it is always a wonderful, life-changing experience -- whether embarking on a road trip or flying overseas to a foreign country. No matter where you go, you will likely meet new people and learn something new, which is always my goal.

Why Selma Got It Right

Angela Garcia Combs | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Angela Garcia Combs

Selma depicts, rightfully, black Americans as the catalyst for change, pushing for the dignity they deserve and becoming masters of their own destiny by highlighting the shame, ignorance and inhumanity of their fellow (white) man.

Finding a New Way to Teach About Hinduism in America's Schools

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

The central issue is that Hinduism is uncomfortably and awkwardly fit into a model that focuses on historical chronology, when most Hindus don't view their faith as something that can be pegged into specific eras.