| Feb 22, 2014
| 10:47 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma traces its contemporary history to pioneers who populated the prairies. Now, new urban pioneers are repopulating the capital, Oklahoma City, as restaurateurs re-imagine landmark buildings and create new communities around...
| Feb 21, 2014
The European discovery of Tasmania, that vast island about 150 miles off the coast of southern Australia, came relatively late. Abel Tasman, captain of a Dutch crew, who discovered the island, named it Van Diemen's Land for his patron, Anthony van Diemen....
| Feb 12, 2014
| 3:59 PM
In a car full of kids, electronics provide a welcome distraction for those not behind the wheel. They also can reduce clutter in the car.
A technology-induced silence doesn't have to be a stupor, said Sue Thotz, a Chicago program manager with Common...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Alfredo Ramos Martínez was a few weeks shy of 58 when he packed up his studio and, with his wife and daughter, moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles in 1929. He arrived just in time for the epic collapse of the economy. Not surprisingly, the Great...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:14 PM
Writers, artists and historians have long pondered what it means to be Mexican. Now science has offered its answer, and it could change how medicine uses racial and ethnic categories to assess disease risk, testing and treatment.
The broadest analysis...
| May 30, 2014
| 11:10 PM
Cavorting in the ocean with sociable seals is a stirring experience, and because of this, I don't know a traveler who doesn't have the Galápagos on his or her bucket list. Even though Charles Darwin's living laboratory is 600 miles from the nearest land...
| May 21, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Wim Wenders' mastery of the documentary form is again on display in "The Salt of the Earth," a stunning visual ode to the photographer Sebastiao Salgado, co-directed by the shutterbug's docu-helmer son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. Long recognized as one of...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The full-bodied richness of Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa's voice is given equal weight to her life and politics in Rodrigo H. Vila's enjoyable if standard bio-docu. Developed with the assistance of her son Fabian Matus, who acts as guide and...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 5:00 AM
For a man whose voice launched thousands of would-be rock singers, former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant remains ingratiatingly humble.
"I'm not exactly a musical talent," said Plant, 64, recently from his home in England. "I'm a singer, and I...
| Feb 21, 2013
Serendipity is what gives us "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga," an intimate portrait of the vanishing breed of hunters and fishers still making a life in the isolated heart of Siberia, where a mild winter day is minus 30 and the only way in or out is by...
| Apr 7, 2013
More than 50 struggling Chicago-area homeowners last year placed their faith and their savings into the hands of Washington National Trust, which promised to save their homes from foreclosure.
The homeowners, most of them Hispanic and living in Aurora,...