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David McCullough: A Two Time Pulitzer Prize Winner Who Loves His Wife, Family, History and Is Simply a Nice Guy

Cathy Chester | Posted 03.27.2015 | Books
Cathy Chester

Speaking for over 90 minutes without notes or slideshows, Mr. McCullough relied on his extraordinary intelligence and ability to tell a good story the way Will Rogers could spin a good yarn.

America's First Theme Park Fetes Its Berried Past

Annabel Osberg | Posted 03.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Annabel Osberg

Entertainment abounds in Southern California; whereas agriculture is scarce, so we crave the pastoral idea of it. With the Boysenberry Festival, the relationship between agriculture and amusement has come full circle at Knott's.

Haunting Beauty: Visit the Ghost Town of Bodie, California

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 03.26.2015 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Today, decades later, crowds still flock this remote region of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, northeast of Yosemite, to visit Bodie. But it's not gold they seek -- it's a genuine ghost town experience.

It's All Aboard at These Train Depots-Turned-Restaurants

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 03.26.2015 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

We've rounded up three more transformed train depots that are sure to supply the tasty ticket for your taste buds.

The Last Ringmaster

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

As both a ringmaster and a man, it is all at once awe-inspiring and humbling to look upon the enormity of a life such as Col. John Herriott's. A steep standard he has left, and it is well worth the ascent. In circus, we never say "goodbye," rather we say "see you down the road."

The Necessity of LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum

Mark Pino | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Pino

To get to the root of the problem and eradicate homophobic language in everyday jargon, we need to create a link between the word "gay" and the real faces of the LGBT community. Students need to be taught about the accomplishments of LGBT men, women and gender nonconformists.

On Bone Boxes and the Brother of Jesus

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

While some scholars question James' being the author of the epistle bearing his name in the New Testament, those five chapters associated with the brother of the Lord offer a rich sense of Jewish wisdom as how to make sense of suffering, how to walk in faith, and how to care for the poor.

Basketball Before March Madness

Minnesota Historical Society | Posted 03.20.2015 | Sports
Minnesota Historical Society

Although the weather in Minnesota of late has been nice enough to convince us Spring actually might be coming, we must remain vigilant for a bit longe...

A Tale of (Fraternal) Twin Cities

Allison Pataki | Posted 03.19.2015 | Travel
Allison Pataki

When you drive across the border from Austria into Hungary, you barely know that you've passed an international boundary. This took me by surprise the first time I made the two and a half hour drive from Vienna to Budapest.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Angie Harmon Understands the Power of Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.19.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

This Sunday on Who Do You Think You Are? (March 22, 2015 at 10/9c on TLC), Angie Harmon -- who always thought she was Greek, Irish and Native American -- makes some surprising discoveries about the Harmon branch of her family tree.

The Body of Michael Brown--A Response to Kenneth Goldsmith

Illya Szilak | Posted 03.20.2015 | Arts
Illya Szilak

Goldsmith's writing and performance of "The Body of Michael Brown" is problematic, not because he does not have the "right" to use the text, but because his use of it is fundamentally false.

7 Signs You're Staying in an English Manor

Oyster | Posted 03.18.2015 | Travel
Oyster

We've made a list of the seven signs that, if you find them during your stay, are surefire bets that you are, in fact, in an English manor.

9 of the Most Famous Whiskey Drinkers in History and Today

Liquor.com | Posted 03.17.2015 | Taste
Liquor.com

All you need to indulge in this simple pleasure is a glass, maybe a little ice and your favorite bottle of whiskey. Ready to pour a glass right now? Get inspired by these stars who love a glass of the stuff every now and then -- some more "now" than "then."

Syria's Road to Peace Must End Hunger Too

William Lambers | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

As Syria's tragic civil war enters its fifth year, we can't forget the silent enemy that civilians face daily: hunger. We, the international community, must do everything possible to feed Syria's war victims.

Judas -- Traitor or Hero?

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Perhaps he was a bit of both. Clearly, his primary association among the canonical Gospels is that of being a traitor, although the "handing over" of Jesus to the authorities is not necessarily to be rendered as a "betrayal" in the Greek.

Teaching History the Pearson Way

Alan Singer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson promotes Common Core and Common Core creates markets for Pearson. Teaching history the Pearson way means teaching it the Common Core way, without any meaningful content. The text, no matter how inaccurate or misleading, rules. Myth replaces history.

Stage Door: Happy End, The Audience

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Audience has some interesting moments and a first-rate cast, but it is hard to see its relevance to a U.S. audience. It's doubtful many Americans know Harold Wilson or Anthony Eden. That doesn't detract from Stephen Daldry's solid direction or Bob Crowley's august set design.

How Christianity Really Started

Douglas Boin | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Douglas Boin

"The Christians" weren't the standoffish clique historians frequently make them out to be. Many Christians, in fact, were perfectly good Roman citizens. Shockingly, though, very few people have ever gone back to listen to the stories of the quieter ones who lived their lives without any hint of drama.

The Selma Speech: Obama's America vs. Giuliani's America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

I wrote a book about Obama's conception of American identity, as well as his depiction of our country's values and history. Although in my research I came across countless examples of him talking about America, I've never heard him do so in as profound a way as he did in Selma this Saturday. The president subtly rejected the Giuliani approach.

Cuts to Liberal Arts Education Threaten Our Future and Our Past

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Thomas A. Foster

Cuts to the humanities and social sciences threaten the broader Liberal Arts project that is so vital to our society.

Finding John the Baptist (And Jesus too)

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

In the second episode of Finding Jesus, the focus is on John the Baptist. That being the case, this episode might be termed: Finding John the Baptist (okay, and Jesus too). And, within the quest for Jesus, learning all one can about John the Baptist is a fine place to begin.

Hidden Histories: Books in College That Changed Me

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Thomas A. Foster

Too many of my books from college classes eventually got returned, traded, or sold as I moved around -- but their worlds stayed with me. They had changed me, not only in the ways that they boldly portrayed histories previously unknown to me, but also by inspiring me to explore.

What Happened to America's First Muslims?

Peter Manseau | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Peter Manseau

Muslims were indeed here from the beginning, but the beliefs and practices they brought with them only rarely endured. Their experiences serve as a reminder that every faith woven into the fabric of our country has been made up of strands both light and dark.

#Selma50: Voter Education, Suppression and Obligation

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Now is the time for us to speak out, join together and reclaim the promise of America. That starts by educating our students about the impact of the civil rights movement, acting collectively to achieve a renewal of the Voting Rights Act and redoubling our efforts to ensure all children grow up in safe communities with high-quality neighborhood public schools.

International Travel: It's the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo -- Time For You To Pay a Visit

Edward Schneider | Posted 03.07.2015 | Travel
Edward Schneider

Many Americans travel to historic battlefields, most typically sites in which we have a direct emotional stake: places where U.S. soldiers fought at home or abroad and where a piece of our history was made.