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Another Reason To Drink Beer: It Saved Civilization -- and Could Do It Again

OnEarth | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green

By Jessica Camille Aguirre, OnEarth Without beer, human civilization wouldn't exist. Twelve thousand years ago, the transition of the human race from ...

Dropping the 'I' Word -- History, Humanity and Martians

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics
Andrew Lam

In early April the Associated Press announced that it would no longer use the word "illegal" when referring to undocumented immigrants. The decision h...

Rand Paul and the GOP World of Magical Thinking

Steven Conn | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

Senator Rand Paul's Magical Thinking history lesson at Howard made plain just how much the GOP world view is a product of the way they see the past without really understanding it.

One Year Ago Today, the 'Least Credible History Book in Print' was Published

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Chris Rodda

One year ago today, on April 10, 2012, a new book hit the shelves -- David Barton's The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.


Dwight Brown | Posted 06.09.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

nd though you think you may know his story, you couldn't possibly fathom the horrors Jackie Robinson endured to pave the way for black athletes.

Professors for the 21st Century: Team-Teaching Toward the PhD at Stanford

Ruth Starkman | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Ruth Starkman

Stanford University's History Department has developed a collaborative teaching model for its faculty and graduate students that many other history departments across America may want to watch. We sat down with Professor Sheffer and her two advisees to talk about Stanford's new model.

Reclaiming Sacred Ground in Florida after Ponce de Leon

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

In spite of a sordid backstory, the city of St. Augustine pulled out all the stops to mark the "discovery" of Florida, beginning with a reenactment of the Spaniard's landing at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Adam Grant's Give and Take and the Importance of Paragraph 39

Andrew Offenburger | Posted 06.05.2013 | Books
Andrew Offenburger

Spouses and families contribute to an individual's professional success, no doubt. But how should they be acknowledged?

Back For More

Posted 04.05.2013 | TV

History's "Vikings" has been renewed for a second season. In the midst of its successful debut season, History ordered 10 more episodes of the hist...

Sublime Heartbreak: River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 06.05.2013 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

There's a reason that each new fantasy novel by Guy Gavriel Kay is met with so much excitement by a core of devoted readers. These are books in which everything happens, yet the threads of story inexorably tangle us in something that goes much deeper.

Germany's Band of Brothers

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.03.2013 | Entertainment
Franz-Stefan Gady

The real genius of Our Mothers, Our Fathers is the subtle portrayal of this collective moral suicide.

Change Our Story: From East to West

Peter Buffett | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

Many of the Chinese people I speak to seem to be deeply concerned that China will lose something extremely rare and valuable in the rush towards a very confounding version of growth and happiness. And it's not just the older people.

It Wasn't David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Why is David Stockman driving everyone crazy? The shoot-the-messenger frenzy that has greeted Sunday's New York Times op-ed by Ronald Reagan's former budget director leaves one searching for the message that has so unhinged his critics.

The Lone Warrior: Vulkan 'Krusades' for Hip Hop

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 06.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Rapper Vulkan the Krusader has assembled a new album entitled V which he says is inspired by his fascination with films , comic books , and a nineteenth century French painting.

The Collapse of Complex Societies: Review

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

The book helps to understand our history and extrapolate lessons to the delicate global situation of public finances, especially since governments that claim to be the solution to the global crisis often represent the problem.

The Air We Breathe: China, Pollution and the EPA As it Awaits a New Director

Paul Gunther | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Paul Gunther

Any thought to the strategic trajectory of China and its according infrastructure must take into essential consideration the bleak reality of its environment. Polluted air is a threat to its widely perceived inevitability to equal and then surpass the economic and social edge of America.

What the Early Christians Meant When They Said, "Jesus is Lord"

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 05.31.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

"Jesus is Lord," the disciples flippantly announce, and the overtones aren't lost on anyone who's listening. If Jesus is Lord, then that means Caesar isn't.

The Story of the Seven Sisters: Women's Magazines at NYPL

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.31.2013 | New York
The New York Public Library

Today, the Seven Sisters are still largely part of our society, having changed and adapted to suit the readers they enticed generations ago.

Mysterious Ring May Have Ancient Royal Origins

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.09.2013 | Business

Michael Greenhorn looks nothing like Frodo Baggins from "The Lord of the Rings," yet his discovery of a mysterious gold ring has set him on a bizarre ...

Vietnam Veterans Look Back

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS and LISA CORNWELL | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

Forty years ago, soldiers returning from Vietnam were advised to change into civilian clothes on their flights home because of fears they would be acc...

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 3

Debra Devi | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

On my Mississippi Delta book tour for The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu I met people working together to develop a blues tourism industry with the potential to economically rescue the Delta -- the poorest region in our nation.

Historians And Collective Memory

Edward Berenson | Posted 05.24.2013 | TED Weekends
Edward Berenson

Historians nowadays tend to be interested in different facets of memory, especially "collective memory" and its mirror image, forgetting. Among other things, we want to know how a society or community's memory of important events changes over time.

How Flawed Memories Teach Us What's True

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgJussi Hovenen sings songs that few people care to hear nowadays. He's the last rune singer in Finland -- the only living man who can still sing most of his ancestors' great ballads and epics from memory.

Jerusalem In 60 Seconds

David Freid | Posted 05.22.2013 | Travel
David Freid

If you don't have more than a minute to pilgrimage for Easter or Passover this year, or you're just a momentarily grounded world traveler with a compromised attention span, here's an un-boring, super condensed backstory on one of the most culturally significant cities in human history.

The Digital Revolution Is Over... Or Not

Oren Frank | Posted 05.21.2013 | Technology
Oren Frank

Enough with your "Digital revolution, ever-changing technology world." There's nothing new under our digital skies.