Category: History

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A Cultural History of Anemia

I began to wonder, could that ancient diagnosis of hysteria really just be anemia mixed with a distrust of women’s sexuality?

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The Best of Ordinary Times 2019

This was a strong year for Ordinary Times, with contributions from many different authors. It included strong debuts from new voices and dynamite content from our regular contributors

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Syphilis

What is the true meaning of Christmas anyway? I’m going to set that question aside for a little bit to talk about syphilis.

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Thanksgiving Spin: Arlo Guthrie

Have you ever flipped on the radio during Thanksgiving, only to find that your local station is playing an 18-minute song about a restaurant, twenty-seven 8 x 10 colored glossy photographs, and a “Massacree?”

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Turkeys and Drumsticks 2019

I take advantage of the Thanksgiving Holiday to give out my awards for Turkeys of the Year and Golden Drumsticks

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Whereas It is Fitting: Veterans Day in America

As long as this great experiment in a free people self governing is to continue, it is good and proper to reflect on those Americans who carried the load when it mattered the most

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The Great Cases: United States v. Nixon

U.S. v. Nixon was, beyond doubt, the most consequential decision Burger ever wrote and probably the most politically consequential decision between Brown v. Board of Education and Bush v. Gore.

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Joe Biden’s ’68 Throwback Special

Joe Biden talked about these formative events to a generation. The problem is that was not only a generation ago, but nearly two generations ago.

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To Lift This Great Social Incubus of Bad Cooking

Fannie Farmer’s influence and cookbook are both still around today, in an age where culinary is a hot entertainment commodity and the entirety of human knowledge on the subject is available with a quick search on your phone or computer.

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A Timeless Box Full of Whistles

The story of Handel, a young Mozart, a Dutch church, Johnny Cash, and holding my kids hand, all set to the subtle sounds of a pipe organ.

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Ever Heard “Hey Joe?”

I used to think that I missed out, that I was born in the wrong era when it comes to music.

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The Things My Father Gave Me

History has been something that my father has given me with very little in return; not simply because I don’t want to give back to that tradition, but because I haven’t yet had the life to lead which gives to the story of my family and of mankind as a whole.