Walking with the WindMarch 2014
The Alabama-based lawyer on who we talk about when we talk about the Old South and how his project to locate and mark the sites of slave markets speaks the language of Southern history.
Robert Reich: The Great U-TurnMarch 2014
Reversing America’s great U-turn.
Nick Turse: Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053February 2014
After enough time, who still actually cares?
Robert Reich: Why The Three Biggest Economic Lessons Were ForgottenFebruary 2014
The extraordinary u-turn in the course of the American economy.
Rudy Koshar: What Should Haunt Us About World War I?February 2014
Millions of Europeans saw World War I as a positive thing.
Cora Currier: Gitmo Soldiers Get 9/11 LessonsAugust 2013
The U.S. military’s lessons in recent history.
Jennifer MacKenzie: Waiting for AtaturkJuly 2013
On Taksim, tear gas, and loving a tyrant because he feeds you.
Giulio Capperchi: America’s Most Enduring Common GroundMay 2013
Since 1634 the Boston Commons has been shared by all.
Eduardo Galeano: The Life and Death of Words, People, and Even NatureMay 2013
From walking libraries and a god named “Word” to what Sherlock Holmes never said.
Alex Marshall: Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 YearsApril 2013
Public water systems, public education, public libraries, and public roads are modern innovations.
Losing the PlotApril 2013
The Booker Prize nominated novelist talks about his obsession with Pynchon, history as interference, & why literary fiction needn’t forsake the pleasures of suspense.
Rich Nymoen & Jeff Smith: Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common WealthMarch 2013
In the early 20th century, progressives saw urban land as common property.
Lucy McKeon: Django and JeffersonFebruary 2013
Two figures challenge simple ways of thinking about slavery and agency.
The Prophet’s PathFebruary 2013
The journalist and “accidental theologist” discusses distinguishing human from legend in her latest book on the founder of Islam.
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Archaeology of Revolutionary KnowledgeJanuary 2013
Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The intellectuals who remade Asia, has one eye on the history of the East and one eye on its future.
Caleb Daniloff: Russia, Cradle of My Dead WorldsDecember 2012
Russia doesn’t get extinguished. No, Russia is the one that extinguishes. Russia is the prophecy. It had certainly ended my world, several times over.
Nafeesa Syeed: Salvaged HistoryDecember 2012
An outsider works to restore an abandoned chateau in historic Burgundy.
Robert Reich: We the People, and the New American Civil WarNovember 2012
Amidst an election that has us feeling like a divided nation, the challenge is to rediscover the public good.
Mattea Kramer: Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our WorldJuly 2012
How the deficit obsession has been distracting us from our country’s most pressing issues.
Roslyn Bernstein: Report from Berlin – Artists, Studios, and HistoryJuly 2012
How Berlin’s past shapes its present and future as an artist base.
The Messy Business of TacosJuly 2012
Unwrapping the history of Mexico’s real national snack uncovers classism, dynamite, and shifting definitions of culture.
Ed Winstead: Empty and Blue and SereneJune 2012
Even supporters of North Carolina’s gay-marriage ban know it won’t last 20 years. Ed Winstead reflects on the South, the past, and when legislation plans its own obsolescence.
Michelle Legro: Mercator Turns 500April 2012
Ah, to be at the center of the world! How Gerard Mercator changed history by creating the first useful map.