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zapata in mexico city -- 5/24/22

Today's selection -- from Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution by Frank McLynn. Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata were the key revolutionaries in the Mexican Revolution of the early 20th century. While...


zachary taylor and war -- 5/23/22

Today's selection -- from A Wicked War by Amy S. Greenberg. Zachary Taylor was one of the heroes of the Mexican-American War, and soon enough became the twelfth U.S. president. But he was not pleased when Democratic...


john lennon’s mother dies – 5/20/22

Today's selection -- from The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson. In 1958, when John Lennon was 17, his mother died after being struck by a car:
 
"At a party celebrating Commonwealth Day, John and his...


the limits of animal intelligence -- 5/19/22

Today's encore selection -- from Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal. Scientists routinely make claims about the uniqueness of humans compared to other animal species. For example, in the...


E = mc2 -- 5/18/22

Today's selection -- from Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe by Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson. Einstein teaches us that mass and energy are different forms of the same thing:

"If there's one physics...


ancient japan and korea -- 5/17/22

Today's selection -- from Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond. The complicated history of the Japanese and Korean peoples:

"Whereas archaeological deposits in the United States...


the founding of the republican party -- 5/16/22

Today's selection -- from If We Can Keep It by Michael Tomasky. 1854 saw the establishment of a new party with an old name -- the Republican Party:
 
"On March 20, 1854, [in the wake of the passage of the...


john wayne -- 5/13/22

Today's selection -- from American Cowboy John Wayne: The Duke. John Wayne became the quintessential American hero of the 1950s and early 1960s, standing taller in his era than perhaps any before or since. His towering,...


school for the very young in ancient japan - 5/12/22

Today's selection -- from A Daughter of the Samurai by Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto. Etsu Sugimoto recalls her life as a young girl growing up in the 1800s in Japan. Students of that era were expected to sit motionless during...


landing on the moon -- 5/11/22

Today's selection -- from Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh. With alarms sounding and fuel running out, Neil Armstrong came within seconds of crashing the Apollo 11...


medieval armies -- 5/10/22

Today's selection -- from Chaucer's People by Liza Picard. How certain medieval armies were raised:

"The feudal system imposed on his new kingdom by William the Conqueror in 1066, [was described as] ...  unwieldy,...


coke, sugar, and war -- 5/9/22

Today's selection -- from Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism by Bartow J. Elmore. Coca-Cola’s influence during World War II was such that it was designated a “wartime essential:”
 
"With the...


elton john and fame -- 5/6/22

Today's selection -- from Me by Elton John. In 1970, with the release of the album Tumbleweed Connection, Elton John's fame began to bring him unease:

"Not long after we moved into the Water Gardens,...


a restaurant called xochitl -- 5/5/22

Today's encore selection -- from The Restaurant by William Sitwell. The origin of fried taco shells:

"[Juvencio] Maldonado had arrived in New York in 1924, at the age of twenty-six, possibly as a former soldier...


the organization man -- 5/4/22

Today's selection -- from The Organization Man by William H. Whyte Jr. The years following the harrowing Second World War saw the emergence of dull conformist employees working for large, faceless corporations. They came...


china’s opium wars -- 5/3/22

Today's selection -- from Mao Zedong and China by Rebecca E. Karl. China suffered a string of humiliating defeats at the hands of the British in the 1800s:

"With the South American wars of independence against...


rain and colds -- 4/20/22

Today's selection -- from Everyday Calculus by Oscar E. Fernandez. Why we get more colds when it rains:

"As children we were all told by our mothers to avoid getting rained on. To this day my mother insists that...


torture of the mughal rulers of india -- 4/19/22

Today's selection -- from The Anarchy by William Dalrymple. Ghulam Qadir and his Afghan Rohilla conquered and tortured the Mughal ruler of Delhi and his family in 1788.

"Ghulam Qadir moved quickly. The royal guards...


america’s militias - 4/18/22

Today's selection -- from The Fires of Philadelphia by Zachary M. Schrag. The history of militias in America:
 
"American militias were the institutional descendants of the fyrd of Anglo­-Saxon...


arvo pärt’s summa -- 4/15/22

Today's selection -- from Arvo Pärt by Paul Hillier. One of the most beautiful compositions of the twentieth century is the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Summa:              
 
"Originally...


the radical character of the new deal -- 4/14/22

Today's encore selection -- from Capitalism in America by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge. The radical character of the New Deal:

"While trying to fix the wiring of capitalism FDR devoted his first hundred...


obesity -- 4/13/22

Today's selection -- from The Story of the Human Body by Daniel E. Lieberman. The quest to understand obesity:
 
"Putting the evidence together, the key point is that excessive weight gain relative to height...


kleptocracies -- 4/12/22

Today's selection -- from Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond. Why do kleptocracies thrive?:

"The difference between a kleptocrat and a wise statesman, between a robber baron...


the first american railroad -- 4/11/22

Today's selection -- from Inside Money by Zachary Karabell. Railroads, which had gotten their start in Britain, would transform and supercharge the economies of Europe and America as perhaps no other invention before or...


early hollywood -- 4/8/22

Today's selection -- from Hollywood Stories by Stephen Schochet. Florence Lawrence was America’s first movie star:

"In the early days of Hollywood, German-born Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Studios,...


indecision -- 4/7/22

Today's encore selection -- from Ulysses S. Grant by Brooks D. Simpson. Ulysses S. Grant comments on the crucial role of decision-making in war:

"That winter James Rusling, a colonel in the quartermaster's...


persistance -- 4/6/22

Today's selection -- from The Genius in All of Us by David Shenk.  Learn to turn into the wind:

"'It's not that I'm so smart,' Albert Einstein once said. 'It's just that I stay with problems...


the most powerful banker in london -- 4/5/22

Today's selection -- from Same Old Game! by David Tearle. By 1800, the most powerful bankers in the world were the Baring family. The family had come to prominence on the wave of the Industrial Revolution and the Atlantic...


prince -- 4/1/22

Today's selection -- from The Beautiful Ones by Prince. Thoughts from the late, great, musical superstar Prince, on the days before stardom:
 
"Once I got out of high school it was interesting for a while...


billie holiday and lady sings the blues -- 3/31/22

Today's encore selection -- from Billie Holiday by John Szwed. Legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday's autobiography is considered an American classic. Co-written with author and journalist William Dufty at a point when...


his excellency george washington -- 4/4/22

Today's selection -- from The Founding Fortunes by Tom Shachtman. George Washington and other officials in the first United States government wondered how fancily or plainly they should comport themselves, and how aloof...


falsifying scientific data -- 3/30/22

Today's selection -- from The Knowledge Machine by Michael Strevens. Arthur Eddington of Cambridge was an early defender of Einstein’s new theory of relativity. He used photographs from a 1919 eclipse to examine a light...


wedgwood porcelain -- 3/29/22

Today's selection -- from The Radical Potter by Tristram Hunt. Along with Thomas Newcomen, Richard Arkwright and James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood is one of the giants of the early Industrial Revolution:

"From the Court...


the change brought by andrew jackson -- 3/28/22

Today's selection -- from A Wicked War by Amy S. Greenberg. Andrew Jackson brought a radical change to American politics:
 
"The Democratic Party had been created by Andrew Jackson in his own image. He was the...


god bless america -- 3/25/22

Today's selection -- from Irving Berlin: New York Genius by James Kaplan. With the specter of war with Germany on the horizon, the Jewish immigrant Irving Berlin, who had become a star composer on Broadway, wrote a song...


teenage sensation aretha franklin -- 3/24/22

Today's encore selection - from Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul by Mark Bego. The black neighborhoods of Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s were teeming with teenaged musical talent--Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Otis...


mass extinctions of life -- 3/23/22

Today's selection -- from A Brief History of Earth by Andrew H. Knoll. There have been five mass extinctions of life on Earth: the Ordovician-Silurian extinction which happened 440 million years ago; the Devonian...


nazi drugs -- 3/22/22

Today's selection from When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut. The use of drugs in the last days of World War II:

"In a medical examination on the eve of the Nuremburg Trials, the doctors...


john adams looks down on native americans -- 3/21/22

Today's selection -- from After Nature by Jedediah Purdy. John Adams, America’s sixth president and a key leader in the American Revolution, thought Native Americans should not delay the providential development of the...


battleship potemkin -- 3/18/22

Today's selection -- from Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams by Charles King. At 27, Sergei Eisenstein developed the iconic silent film, Battleship Potemkin:


florence nightingale -- 3/17/22

Today's encore selection -- from "Florence Nightingale: Icon and Iconoclast" R.E. Foster. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was a British citizen, who, depressed and uneasy with the opulent circumstances of her...


adopting new technology -- 3/16/22

Today's selection -- from Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond. Not all new technology is adopted, even if it is more efficient and useful. For example, a keyboard that would facilitate...


eunuchs at the palace -- 3/15/22

Today's selection -- from The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs by Marc David Baer. The child eunuchs of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace, the main residence and offices of the Ottoman sultans in the 15th and 16th...


the irish in america -- 3/14/22

Today's selection -- from Inside Money by Zachary Karabell. The seemingly perpetual strife between England and Ireland drove a little-known but prosperous linen merchant from Belfast to Baltimore to begin an American...


to smoke or not to smoke -- 3/11/22

Today's selection -- from Inside Money by Zachary Karabell. The mega-wealthy banker and railroad magnate John Crosby Brown (1838-1909) gives advice to his son Thatcher Brown (1876-1954):
 
"Business frequently...



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