Frank Lloyd Wright captured serenity in his masterpiece, Fallingwater, but his egotistical tendencies made life for others anything but serene.
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Privateers pillaged British merchant ships in the name of liberty — and profit.
Will and Ariel Durant were praised for their ability to look at the big picture without losing sight of its little details, even if they did miss some of them.
At just 3 solar masses, it eliminates the “mass gap.” Searching for black holes is one of the most difficult astronomical games a scientist can play. Emitting no light of their […]
Many of the world's favorite records weren't really recorded by the artist on the label.
The U.S. has been in a state of continuous armed conflict since 2001, yet Congress has not declared war on a country since 1942. How have several presidents managed to keep sending troops without a declaration of war, and what does this mean for the American people?
Ever lose yourself in a great book or movie? This is a form of hypnosis.
Author-musician James McBride claims that James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, holds the secret to America’s race-torn soul.
For art history, August 21 and 22 are the dates that will live in infamy. In some strange nexus of negative karma stretching over nearly a century, three of the greatest art heists of all time took place on these dates.
After more than two years, we’ve visited all 110 objects. Have a look back at each one! “If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn. […]
When Howard Zinn first published A People’s History of the United States in 1980, he hoped to start a “quiet revolution” in the way people viewed history. By giving voice […]
Are you a PATRIOT or an IGNORAMUS? Test your July 4th knowledge.
The best argument against German Unification came from French writer François Mauriac: “J’aime tellement l’Allemagne que je préfère qu’il y en ait deux”. It takes an American to propel that […]
We all know Rockwell’s Freedom from Want by heart, even if we don’t know its title.
Just our luck… the only part of the UK with tight border controls. The picture on the front page of Private Eye shows a long line of cars queueing to […]
We have a responsibility to defend the America that we inherited and to make sure that people calling themselves patriots don't smash it down.
For many Americans, burgers and fireworks may be enough of a July 4th celebration. But to appreciate the curiosities and meaning of Independence Day, you might want to sit down […]
What’s the Big Idea? Philosopher Slavoj Žižek is fundamentally anti-capitalist, and yet, the man who describes himself as a “complicated Marxist” also expresses palpable irritation at the idea that capitalists are […]
September 21, 2010 marked the 2501th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. Of course, probably every day somewhere in the world people commemorate Marathon by running a 26 mile Marathon […]
One of the major strategic communication battles that took place during the debate over cap and trade legislation was the advertising war between the Clean Coal Coalition and Al Gore’s […]
Farmers markets are wildly popular among the urban elite in Washington, D.C. and other urban areas across the country. In a guest post today, Melissa Winn considers efforts to expand […]
On Sunday, Discovery Channel’s Ted Koppell returned to his old network home to appear on ABC News This Week. Koppell was on the round table panel in part to promote […]
In an op-ed at the Seattle Times, communication scholars Dave Domke and Kevin Coe note the absurd God & Country tests that have been applied to Barack Obama, ranging from […]