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Those Slippery Snake Stories

One story morphs into many when the newspapers get involved.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf Was More Than Just a Women’s Writer

A Room of One’s Own is a formative feminist document, but critic Robert Kanigel argues that men are cheating themselves if they don’t embrace the book, too.

Antenna built for 500 kW signal

For a Brief Time in the 1930s, Radio Station WLW in Ohio Became America’s One and Only “Super Station”

The Nation’s Station.

Mohawk woman, eighteenth century

Madam Sacho: How One Iroquois Woman Survived the American Revolution

General George Washington gave the orders to destroy towns and take prisoners in Sullivan’s Campaign, but her story lives on.

August Wilson in 2004

August Wilson's Blues Poetry

The playwright gave expression to a century of black voices.

A Female Philoctetes

Theater of War

Aquila Theatre and YouStories bring veterans together with ancient Greek drama.

The Wild Man illustration

How the Grimm Brothers Saved the Fairy Tale

The surprising history behind the world’s most famous collection of folk tales.

portrait of Montaigne

Our Contemporary, Montaigne: He Pioneered the Personal Essay and Made Candor Literary

Montaigne invented the personal essay and made candor literary.

an illustration of Lincoln

Lincoln’s Assassination Stuns the Nation

President Lincoln, shot on Good Friday, was dead on Saturday, and mourned throughout the country on Easter Sunday, 1865.

Contact sheet -- Anna Deavere Smith

The Many Faces of Anna Deavere Smith