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Helen Davey | Posted 07.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Early in my career as a Pan Am stewardess, I transferred in 1968 from the Miami base to San Francisco. I wanted to experience the incredible Pacific f...

Anger Over Trump Is Misdirected; To Paraphrase, It's the Stupid People, Stupid

Murray Forseter | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

I'm not angry at Trump. I'm angry at the electorate, at the stupid, self-centered, uninformed, xenophobic, even racist, ignorant, personality-driven voters willing to turn this country over to a man who, as McCullough points out, lacks any of the four key qualities President Dwight D. Eisenhower said a leader must possess: character, ability, responsibility and experience.

Here's Why Donald Trump Is Horrifying, According To Historians

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics

A group of historians whose life’s work has consisted of studying the men, women and events that shaped America have banded together to speak out ag...

Ken Burns Implores Grads To Believe Sexual Assault Survivors

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.13.2016 | Women

During a commencement speech at Stanford University on Sunday, filmmaker Ken Burns made a plea for graduates to believe survivors of sexual assault. ...

'A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand': Ken Burns' Stanford Commencement Address

Ken Burns | Posted 06.12.2016 | College
Ken Burns

You are the latest generation and you are, whether you are yet aware of it or not, charged with saving our Union.

Ken Burns May Have Given The Best Donald Trump Takedown Yet

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.12.2016 | College

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns spent more than 10 minutes of his Stanford University commencement speech Sunday demolishing everything about presumpt...

Ken Burns Unleashes Some Sick 'Ken Burns' To The Other Kens Out There

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 04.12.2016 | Comedy

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns stopped by "The Late Show" recently and laid out some devastating burns. But only to other Kens. He has a very focused...

Ken Burns Explain Why the Real Jackie Robinson Was the Most Important Baseball Player Ever

David Hinckley | Posted 04.10.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Ken Burns agrees that we can't remember Jackie Robinson enough. He just wants us to remember the real Jackie Robinson.

Kentucky Lt. Governor Bashing the Study of History (updated April 9)

Don McNay | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics
Don McNay

I was stunned when Kentucky's Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton told the Eastern Kentucky University Progress (a paper that I wrote for from 1978 to 1980) that, "I would be looking for degrees that would land a job. I would not be studying history."

In Ken Burns' New Documentary, Rachel Robinson Finally Gets Her Due

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.08.2016 | Sports
Peter Dreier

Rachel Robinson has been, in her own right, a pioneer for social justice on several fronts, using her celebrity as a platform to fight for a more equal society. Like Jackie, she has enormous physical courage and moral integrity.

Mercy Street - wounding and caring, and more wounding, and more caring during the American Civil War

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.15.2016 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

"Your dress is abominable, most abominable.... I do not wish my nurses to dress in that manner. These boys must be looking to their recuperation, no...

Touring National Parks: 'All This Beauty Is Wearing Me Out!'

Audrey Peterman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The agonizing state that our country is in shows that the majority of leaders and citizens neither feel love for ourselves nor for the world. You cannot love anyone until you first love yourself, and the place to discover a healthy helping of self-love is in our national parks.

To to the Graduating Class of Washington University: 'Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter.'

Ken Burns | Posted 05.18.2016 | College
Ken Burns

Convince your government that the real threat, as Lincoln knew, comes from within. Governments always forget that, too. Do not let your government outsource honesty, transparency or candor. Do not let your government outsource democracy.

This Is Pretty Much The Last Person You'd Expect To See In A Rap Video

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 04.22.2015 | Comedy

"Bringin’ history to life while we zoomin’ in on pictures/ B*tch check the zeitgeist, generation fixture!" With lyrics like that, who could arg...

Dethroning 'The Emperor of All Maladies'

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

We are standing at an extraordinary moment. For nearly 4,000 years of recorded history, cancer in all its forms was an implacable foe. Doctors, patients, and researchers won incremental victories, but for millennia, the word "cancer" was too dreadful to speak aloud.

From the Heartwarming Real Story Behind the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge to the Cancer #VolleyingChallenge

Paul Sanderson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Paul Sanderson

I began looking into the ice-bucket challenge because I was thinking of launching a challenge of my own. It turns out that it originated as the Cold Water Challenge. It was to donate to cancer research or jump into cold water. But my challenge is a bit different.

South Carolina Belles

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In this blog, we'll learn about the contributions to our culture and economy from women with ties to South Carolina. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

My Top Ten 'Top Ten Critics List' Critic's List

John K. Herr | Posted 02.26.2015 | Comedy
John K. Herr

It's the end of the year, which means endless end-of-the-year lists, especially for TV shows. And I didn't watch TV this year. Seriously. I cut the cable cord in 2008. Yes, I am superior to you, thanks for asking.

'The War on Christmas' -- A Film by Ken Burns

Perry Block | Posted 01.11.2015 | Comedy
Perry Block

It is a brutal war. One that pits brother against brother, elf against gnome, reindeer against reindeer, and worst of all, Santa Claus vs. the Martians.

You've Never Seen Teddy Roosevelt Like This Before

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender, Damon Scheleur & Chris McGonigal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

Ken Burns' recent PBS docu-series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" put renewed focus on the lives of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Fra...

'The Roosevelts:' Ken Burns Closets Eleanor, Disappears FDR's Gay Sex-Entrapment Scandal in the Navy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I enjoyed watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts: An Intimate History last week, keeping in mind that these PBS documentary series are usually a heavy bit of American myth-making. Still, there are a few things just too glaring to hide or treat with discretion in 2014, though Burns arrogantly thinks he can.

Windows on a World No More: Why Letters Still Have Much to Teach Us

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

These books remind us how important letters once were, and still are, as windows on a world no more, and the many things letters can tell us about people we wish to know more of.

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

By exploring the lives and times of the Roosevelts, ER Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans.

Roosevelt House: Saving the Past to Inspire the Future

Jennifer J. Raab | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Jennifer J. Raab

One of the locales Ken Burns used for shooting his outstanding PBS documentary "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" is a landmark townhouse on East 65th Street in the heart of Manhattan.

Truth Is Stronger Than Fiction: The Case for Documentaries

Stephen Ujlaki | Posted 11.15.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen Ujlaki

I have found over time that I actually prefer documentaries to fiction films. Why? From docs, I learn and am exposed to things that I did not know before: how somebody chose to live his or her life; historical events of which I was ignorant; issues that are happening today.