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California's Cold War Museum

All things communist -- from the Berlin Wall to Soviet tchotchkes -- find a home at the Wende.

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This Land Is Our Land

The Popular Front and American culture.

Lev Manovich in front of the HIPerSpace.

Graphing Culture

Lev Manovich uses supercomputing to see the big picture.

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History's Exemplars

Richard Brookhiser shows the relevance of Alexander Hamilton to our modern lives.

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Mark Twain's Latest Autobiography

One hundred years after his death on April 21, 1910, Mark Twain is having one of the busiest years of his afterlife.

National Humanities Medal

Ten Extraordinary Lives

This year's class of National Humanities Medalists.

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John Muir, Nature's Witness

The founder of the Sierra Club worshiped the outdoor world.

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The Politics of Food

How America kept Russia from starving.

Chinese novelist Mo Yan

Mo Yan 101

Sometime in the late 1960s or early seventies, a neighbor told Guan Moye about a writer he knew whose work was so popular that he could afford to eat jiaozi—“those tasty little pork dumplings

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"Daybreak Gray and Dim"

How the Civil War changed Walt Whitman's poetry.