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Dialing Through the Years

If the inventor of radio had not been so stubborn, perhaps 1,600 souls would not have perished when the Titanic sank in the icy Atlantic 100 years ago. Bill Kovarik …

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The Hustler Who Inspired the Beats

The author of a new book about Herbert Huncke says his unrepentant deviance caught the imagination of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. Hilary Holladay (James Madison University) …

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Replay: ‘Tis the Season!

Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of …

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Foraging for Cocktails

Christmas may conjure images of bourbon mixed in eggnog or hot buttered rum drinks, but biologist Lytton Musselman (Old Dominion University) is making his own cordials and spirits from wild …

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Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni Morrison

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of age in a white …

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1619: The Making of America

1619 was the year the first Africans arrived on the North American continent. There were at least 20 of them and they came as slaves from Angola. But what’s often …

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The Road to Success

Daphne Maxwell Reid (Virginia State University) is perhaps best known for her role as Aunt Viv in the popular 90’s television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith. …

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Furious Love

No Hollywood marriage has ever managed to capture the world’s interest as much as the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The press scrutinized their every move, and …

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Healing with Music

For teenagers dealing with substance abuse issues, talking about what they’re feeling can be a challenge. So music therapist Jim Borling (Radford University) uses rock and metal music to help …

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Is This Place Great or What?

Brian Ulrich’s (Virginia Commonwealth University) new book Is This Place Great or What is a decade-long photographic study of consumerism in America, post 9-11. His pictures, which were taken across …

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Opera in the Coalfields

Aaron Copland, considered one of America’s greatest composers, wrote the opera The Tender Land after seeing the Depression-era photographs of Walker Evans in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. That …

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Replay: Fields of Remembrance

When President Ronald Reagan traveled to Normandy in 1984 to mark the 40th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, a young army officer, Casey Brower, was with him and deeply moved.  …