| Apr 22, 2014
| 7:30 AM
The 1939 sailing of the German ship the St. Louis -- popularized in the book and movie "Voyage of the Damned" -- was a painful precursor to the Holocaust. Now, 75 years later, a November cruise will recall some of that ill-fated trip.
The hopes of the...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:52 AM
This is the story of a Boy Scout from Connecticut who grew up to become a Nazi spy during World War II — and another Boy Scout who helped capture the traitor.
This true tale contains all the elements of a film about espionage — a defection...
| May 26, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Over the past few years, History has made a concerted attempt to package its subject matter — history — in ways that might appeal to a new audience. As in Young People with their Digital Addictions and Limited Attention Spans.
| May 28, 2014
"Have you heard of Irish amnesia?" a jolly Irish-American friend once joked. "It's when you forget everything but the grudges."
Indeed, I responded, a lot of us black folks can identify with that: We forget everything but our "40 acres and a mule."...
| May 29, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Seventy years ago this June 6, the Americans, British and Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy in the largest amphibious invasion of Europe since the Persian king Xerxes invaded Greece in 480 B.C.
About 160,000 troops landed on five Normandy beaches...
| May 30, 2014
| 10:30 AM
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For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
--First Corinthians, 14:8
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Our president went to West Point this week, looked over all his works in shaping American foreign policy and the world in...
| May 14, 2014
| 12:30 PM
A crucial component of the Republican Party's assault on the Affordable Care Act always has been ignorance--that is, the promotion of ignorance about the ACA's benefits among the general population.
Now, from the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., comes...
| May 16, 2014
| 9:30 AM
All the errors aren’t on the field as the Cubs celebrate the centennial season of Wrigley Field.
One of the handsome new murals on the ballpark’s outside walls shows a photo labeled “Charles Lindbergh, Wrigley Field,” but the...
| May 17, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Despite the hellfire-and-brimstone title, "DamNation" proves to be a relatively tame eco-issue doc that prioritizes visually stunning nature photography over inflammatory rhetoric and dire prognostications. An audience award winner at this year's SXSW...
| May 22, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In the twilight years of snail mail, fledgling British copywriter Shaun Usher launched Letters of Note, a blog dedicated to paper correspondence. Despite the obvious irony, the site quickly built a following. Readers connected with the personal written...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:01 PM
In 1943 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill asked President Franklin D. Roosevelt if he wouldn't mind stopping the presidential motorcade at 154 W. Patrick St. in Frederick, Md. The two men were en route to the federal government retreat previously...