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"Alley Life" Leads Off Two Days of Panels at the DC Historical Studies Conference

John Muller | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
John Muller

"Last night I was looking up the sale records for the home. In 2010 it sold for more than $400,000. When my family liver here it wasn't worth fifty cents."

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: The Flop That Popped (VIDEO)

Salvador Litvak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Salvador Litvak

Tuesday, November 19, marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Much will be made of the most influential speech in American history, but few will realize that it was a flop in its time.

Feed a "Silent Guest" from the Philippines

William Lambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Right now there are millions of people suffering from hunger in the Philippines after the super typhoon. There is no food, water or electricity in storm hit areas. Humanitarian agencies are rushing to get aid to the suffering.

Richard Pryor, Furious Cool, and an Early Thanksgiving

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In what is clearly (and beautifully) a labor of love, brothers David Henry and Joe Henry have brought Richard Pryor back to pulsating life, affirming ...

The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Good old George can stop spinning in his grave. Yes, our most heroic general and inspiring president, who warned us in his farewell address "to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." It's an alert that's been ignored in the nation's hysterical reaction to the attacks of 9/11.

Campaign to Add Citizenship to the Common Core Standards

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

It may be that the prospect of an active, informed, educated citizenry is so frightening because it would begin to question how the United States ended up with so many elected officials who are not only ignorant about science and history, but are willfully ignorant and want to impose their ignorance on the rest of us.

How To Make Seventeenth Century Coffee

India Mandelkern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
India Mandelkern

Coffee has been around for a thousand years. Let's learn how they did it back in the day.

Classical Music 101a:Why There's Nothing to Worry About

John Mauceri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

I want to offer a few general thoughts about music - what we call classical music and what it actually is - free of politics and free of esthetic evaluations--and the latter frequently acting as a mask for the former.

Veterans Day and Fighting World Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

We know that hundreds of millions of hungry and sick people around the world is not peace. It is certainly not the peaceful world that veterans of World War One hoped to see come about.

11 Fascinating Trees

Findery | Posted 11.08.2013 | Travel
Findery

It's difficult to reflect on trees and not get sappy. (Pun intended.) Besides providing shelter, shade and fruit, the tree is a metaphor for life. Here's a list of trees you'll want to know more about.

The Buck Stops Here, Mr. President

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Harlow Giles Unger

The Constitution is clear: the president must "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," and when our first president, George Washington, took office he imposed a strict rule that "whatever is required" of his subordinates "be punctually complied with."

America's Most Notorious Criminal Hideouts

Roadtrippers | Posted 11.07.2013 | Travel
Roadtrippers

If The Godfather has taught me anything, it's that crime doesn't pay... well, ok maybe it does, but still, it's a dangerous game with high wins and even higher losses. If you live a life of crime, chances are you'll be on the run, and a hideout can make all the difference.

The 10 Best Practical Places to Explore Ancient Rome

Historvius | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
Historvius

The legacy of the Roman Empire can be found in far more places than you might imagine. Many of the most interesting ancient sites, however, are located in countries and regions that are difficult or dangerous to visit. Fear not.

The Birth of Baha'u'llah

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

From the perspective of a statistician, how would you explain that someone who lived in Arabia in the sixth century still has such a profound influence over the lives of a billion of the world's people fourteen centuries later?

VIDEO: Who Was George Washington?

Scott Bateman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Scott Bateman

Very little is known about the Father of His Country, George Washington. But Disalmanac has the shocking fact-like facts about the man who led the U.S. to independence!

The Familiar Remoteness of Bill Bryson's 1927

William Petrocelli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
William Petrocelli

No one writes with an easier grace than Bill Bryson. He has the rare ability to take a single, seemingly inconsequential observation and weave it, work it, and knead it until you're hooked on the story.

Selling Your Soul in Salem

Greig Lamont | Posted 12.31.2013 | Travel
Greig Lamont

Despite this glorious genealogy, this historical pedigree, its cultural lineage, its tradition, and its heritage, today Salem has been reduced to prostituting itself to oddballs in costumes who gawk at gravestones and hanker for "museums" filled with broomsticks and bric-a-brac.

Manhattan's Forgotten Graveyards, Under Public Parks, Famous Hotels and Supermarkets

Greg Young | Posted 12.30.2013 | New York
Greg Young

Here's a chilling thought for the Halloween season: If you're visiting one of New York's many amazing parks and squares, it's likely that you're standing on land that was formerly used as a cemetery or potter's field. 2013-10-30-nygraveyardspull.jpg

Congress Must Rescue Food Stamp Program

William Lambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

Where will hungry Americans go for help? They will look to food banks, but these are already overstretched and cannot make up the difference. The economy is suffering and hunger will escalate in America if Congress dismantles food safety nets.

Miri Ben-Ari: The Silence of the Violin

Miri Ben-Ari | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact
Miri Ben-Ari

My mother once said that we must understand where we are coming from in order to better understand who we are in this life. It took me many years to understand what she meant.

On the Path to a More Resilient New York

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Superstorm Sandy was a reminder that we need to prepare our cities, New York included, to withstand crises and bounce back quickly and effectively.

You Won't Believe These Hotels' Histories

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 10.29.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

They're not just a pretty face -- many of the world's top 100 luxury hotels and resorts also boast fascinating and sometimes strange histories. Here are some of our favorites.

Rethinking the JFK Legacy

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Steven M. Gillon

As we approach the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination we are reminded of his enduring hold on the popular imagination. Polls show that Kennedy is America's favorite president, ranking above Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt.

Feeding The Hungry On Halloween

William Lambers | Posted 12.27.2013 | Impact
William Lambers

There is more to Halloween than you might think. Yes, it's about monsters and ghouls, and the fear of the unseen. Do not let Halloween 'trick" you th...

Buenos Aires, Brothels & Bandoneons: Behind the Spectacle at New York's First Tango House

Meghan Feeks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

While the stage favors boldness over the subtleties that define tango on the social dance floor, the nightly show downstairs at Tango House, which features some of the world's top tango dancers, also warrants a connoisseur's explanation.