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This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Turns 75

    Although firmly entrenched as a Christmas icon, the tale of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a piece of relatively modern folklore penned in 1939 by a department store adman enduring a time of great personal tragedy.



  • Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?

    One hundred and fifty years later, historians are discovering some of the earliest known cases of post-traumatic stress disorder



  • The story of Costa Rica's forgotten World War II internment camp

    La Tribuna, a Costa Rican newspaper, captured the surreal situation in an article dated Dec. 11, 1941 trumpeting the speedy construction of a “concentration camp” to be built in San José and designed to hold 400 men of German, Italian or Japanese descent.



  • Did Jeb Bush Wait Too Long to Run for President?

    A Smart Politics analysis finds that the 14 years between Jeb Bush's last electoral victory in 2002 and the presidential election of 2016 is the longest such gap recorded by any victorious presidential candidate in more than 150 years.



  • France Confronts an Ignoble Chapter

    In Paris, an exhibition at the National Archives looks at French people who were genuine supporters of the Nazis during World War II.



  • A History of Paris in 150 Photographs

    A new exhibit claims to present the social history of Paris as seen through the lens of Magnum photographers over the past century. 



  • Sudden global warming 55m years ago was much like today

    Researchers have discovered a period, some 55m years ago, when massive volcanic eruptions pumped so much carbon into the atmosphere that the planet warmed at what geologists would think of as breakneck speed.

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