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Happy New Year’s Eve!

May Janus make his two (or four) faces to shine down upon your endeavours. May Bacchus’ leopard-drawn chariot safely convey you in whatever condition you happen to find yourself to and from your destinations. May you ring in the New Year with people you love, or at least people you don’t actively hate, and when […]

How the U.S. Used Jazz as a Cold War Secret Weapon

It may not be too much of an exaggeration to say the jazz ambassadors could have saved the world

Can Congress Jail Witnesses Who Refuse to Cooperate?

With both the House and the Senate conducting investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, committees are issuing subpoenas and dealing with witnesses who may not be eager to talk. So what happens if a witness refuses to cooperate? Congress can hold people in contempt if they obstruct committee proceedings by refusing to testify…

What to Know About the Real Crimes Behind Bonnie and Clyde

On the 50th anniversary of the release of the film, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, myths persist about the criminal couple

“Four Loose Cannons” for Download

Last week I had my post-midnight visit with Bradley Jay at WBZ-AM radio. The conversation was fun and detailed and as coherent as I can be that late at night.That segment of the Jay Talking show is now available as a podcast episodeShow More Summary

Why the ‘Goldwater Rule’ Keeps Psychiatrists From Diagnosing at a Distance

As some mental-health professionals debate what to say about Donald Trump, here's what to know about the man behind the longstanding rule.

Entering Oz – Bringing Color to History

On a camping trip for the first time, a student in my mother’s fifth grade class exclaimed that he was surprised the great outdoors “wasn’t all black and white”. The student, raised on video games and smart phones, thought of nature as old-timey, flat. If the vibrant colors and sounds of nature seemed “black and […]

Making Something to Write Home About

Imagine holding the tear-stained letter from a loving wife to her husband, a Union soldier. Then, follow the soldier through news clippings to the bloody Battle of Antietam. Hold the wife’s letter in one hand and the soldier’s death notice in the other. When students leaf through facsimile documents, they connect with these emotional stories. […]

The Senate’s August Recess Is Delayed. That Break Exists for a Reason

Mitch McConnell has delayed the Senate's August recess to focus on health care reform, but here's why Senators are used to a summer break

5 Memorable Presidential Birthdays

As Donald Trump celebrates his 71st birthday on June 14, here's a look at memorable presidential birthday parties from FDR to Nixon to Obama

This Is Why Doughnuts Are Associated With Police Officers

It turns out that the image of the police officer enjoying an on-duty doughnut is a relatively recent stereotype

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