Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
The genius detective from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has inspired a mountain of imitations.
Jay "Ding" Darling was the best friend a duck ever had.
Alaska's sea-otter hunting left records of village life.
Florida's coast was a deadly place for seventeenth-century castaways.
Kansans relive the guerrilla raids of the Border Wars.
Robert Smalls commandeered a Confederate ship to escape from slavery in South Carolina.
Fifty years ago, James Meredith integrated the University of Mississippi.
Massachusetts nearly secedes during the War of 1812.
A steel town in New Jersey made the Golden Gate Bridge possible.
A cache of photographs reveals the history of a historic Rhode Island house.
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Humboldt in the New World
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
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Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
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A Workingman's Poet
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The Blue Humanities
In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?
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