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  • When Women Were Brewers

    From ancient times until the Renaissance, beer-making was considered a female specialty

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  • The Miseries of Travel

    Today’s jet passengers may think they have it bad, but delay and discomfort have been a part of journeys since the Mayflower

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  • Poison and Politics

    From ‘cantarella’ to polonium, governments have used toxins to terrorize and kill their enemies

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  • The Struggle Before #MeToo

    Today’s women are not the first to take a public stand against sexual assault and harassment.

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  • In Awe of the Grand Canyon

    Since the 16th century, travelers have recorded the overwhelming impact of a natural wonder.

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  • Literature Behind Bars

    Prison literature shows that the human spirit remains free even in captivity

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  • At Age 50, a Time of Second Acts

    Amanda Foreman finds comfort in countless examples of the power of reinvention after five decades. Winston Churchill’s second career.

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  • When We Rally ’Round the Flag: A History

    Flag Day passes every year almost unnoticed. That’s a shame—it celebrates a symbol with ties to religious and totemic objects that have moved people for millennia.

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  • Remembering the Pueblo: Hostages as Propaganda Tools

    On the 50th anniversary of the Pueblo incident involving the North Korean takeover of a spy ship, a look back at hostage-taking over millennia and the repurposing of hostage-taking for propaganda.

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  • The Long and Winding Road to New Year’s

    Our version of New Year’s eve and day is a relatively recent tradition. The hour, date and kind of celebration have changed, country to country and century to century.

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  • The Ancient Magic of Mistletoe

    Mistletoe has played a part in fertility rituals for thousands of years. Amanda Foreman traces the plant from a Greek festival to Dickens and Trollope.

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