| May 6, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A famous American, Benjamin Franklin, is credited with coining the phrase “A penny saved is a penny earned.” And though no one famous is taking credit for it, in Canada, they’ve turned that around: “A penny destroyed is money in...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
No matter where we are on the political spectrum, or what we think the role of government should be, most of us would agree that something is broken in America. One of the things that defines our country -- the American Dream -- is in real danger. As...
| Jul 2, 2013
In a few days, Americans will celebrate our nation’s independence. We’ll cheer at fireworks displays, clap along to patriotic music, and enjoy the company of family and friends. Many of us will document these celebrations in photo and video,...
| Feb 6, 2012
Radio drama was thought to be nearly extinct when Yuri Rasovsky launched the National Radio Theater of Chicago in the early 1970s, and he emerged as a major voice in its revival.
One of his first productions was a radio adaptation of the 1920 silent...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 3:39 PM
"Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light" Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $15.95
In the introduction, editor Penelope Rowlands recalls when she and her then-boyfriend first arrived in Paris. It took a while for the then-20-year-...
| Feb 20, 2011
South of Los Angeles and north of San Diego lies an intermittently magical 789-square-mile realm where freeways hum and Disneyland flourishes, where immigrants remake old communities as new ones ripple across the hills. Many outsiders treat this place...
| Jul 10, 2011
Paul Revere was captured on April 18, 1775, before he could warn the residents of Concord, Mass., that the British were coming. (He did make it to Lexington, Mass.)
No Revolutionary War battle was ever fought at Valley Forge, Pa., even though Gen. George...
| Oct 28, 2011
| 5:39 PM
He was an abandoned child who grew up with the unshakable belief that he was destined to be a prince. How arrogant and sensible of him.
His personal hygiene was bad. He often wore no shoes and liked to stick his feet in the toilet. His food faddery was...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 4:34 PM
When struggling to make decisions, whether it's choosing an ice cream flavor or a spouse, a common piece of advice urges: Go with your gut.
But is the gut really all that wise? Where is it even getting its intel?
A gut feeling, also known as instinct or...
| Aug 10, 2011
The drunk-with-debt metaphors, like our debt itself, don't appear to be going away any time soon.
We spend like drunken sailors. The debt-deal is like curing a drunk with vodka. And from columnist Jonah Goldberg this week: "The tea party is like the...
| Oct 10, 2010
Penguin Press: 906 pp., $40
On Dec. 14, 1799, an ominous, fog-like gloom hung over Mount Vernon. Sixty-seven-year-old George Washington was dying. The ex-president, his doctors believed, was suffering from "quinsy" (a...