Tagged: History

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Saturday Spins: Warren Zevon

Have you ever put on an album and it absolutely blew your mind? That is a basically what happened to me when I first heard this week’s Saturday Spin. Last week, I discussed Ryan...

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Silent But Deadly: Malaria in WWII

With microbes on our minds, it’s time to talk about one of the gravest threats soldiers in WWII faced — the threat of disease. Military leaders have long known that disease poses an even...

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Series! World Series of the 1940’s

Since baseball in present time is on hold for the duration, let’s resume our travels through its past. We began post-WWII and proceeded through the Nationals’ first championship in 2019

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Knitting in WWII: A Photoessay

Even before Pearl Harbor, Life Magazine answered the question “What can I do to help the war effort?” with a single word: “Knit.”

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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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High Sierra Ghost Stories

The past isn’t ever really past, and ghosts don’t ever die. So instead of avoiding them or feeling bad, maybe try confronting them a little bit?

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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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Sports and Politics: 1869 and 2019

“Keep politics out of sports!” “Just report what happens on the field!” This isn’t how it works.

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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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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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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.

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Thursday Throughput for 5/23/19

When people’s children are more likely to survive, they have fewer of them. This is a great triumph of the modern era.

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An Indian Election

A primer on the Indian presidential election, Indian politics, and Indian history.

Oh, the Humanity

My son cannot understand why anyone cared if the Hindenburg blew up because he is eleven years old and thinks the world is an anime.

The Trouble With Incumbency

My point is that a Trump defeat would be the first time in modern American politics where a good economy wasn’t enough to keep an incumbent in office.

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God and Man at the Burning of Notre Dame

All of us look to the flame-scarred icon along the Seine and wonder what will be next for this mighty watcher of the affairs of mankind.