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Inside the Alchemist’s Workshop

What tools would an alchemist use in the quest to transmute other elements into gold?

A Telephone Conversation with Malcolm X

This 1965 telephone conversation between Malcolm X and meeting organizers in Paris took place just weeks before his assassination.
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A Vintage Op-Ed from Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders' February 2003: "On My Mind: The Patriot Act's Threat to Libraries" published in American Libraries.

The Psychology of Copycat Crime

A recent wave of subway slashings in New York City is an opportunity to examine the criminology and sociology behind copycat crime.
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How Jell-O Wobbled Its Way to Pop Culture Greatness

Jell-O reveals volumes about things that obsess, upset, and fuel Americans. 
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The Rise of Teachers’ Unions

Teachers' unions have been an important force in America since the 1950s.
Sherd of the Geometric period. Sifnos, 8th century BC. Archaeological Museum of Sifnos (in Kastro).

Complexity in Simplicity: The Three Technologies Behind Ceramics

More than two thousand years ago, the Mayans of eastern Guatemala used ceramic teapots to pour themselves hot ...
Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs and the American City

Jane Jacobs, who would have been 100 today and is the focus of the Google Doodle , was a big part of why cities like New York City and Toronto look and feel
A happy newly wed couple in the 1950's.

When Marriage Was Part of The College Curriculum

Marriage education, seeking to teach dating and marriage on campus, was a reaction to urbanization, industrialization, and the new autonomy of the young.
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The Equation for Happiness

Is there an equation for happiness? And if so, can science really define it?