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  • Originally published 05/24/2017

    Video of the Week: Insane Asylums

    Scott Rensberger

    Insane asylums used to dot the American landscape. A photographer documents what remains of the buildings.

  • Originally published 04/24/2017

    Video of the Week: Climate change has a controversial history

    Prior to the late 1800's, people believed the Earth's climate was static and never changing, and it wasn't until a few scientists in the second half of the 19th century began to wonder how giant boulders were in places where they shouldn't be. Today, 98 percent of climate scientists agree additional greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels is the primary reason for the current accelerated warming of the planet.

  • Originally published 04/03/2017

    Video of the Week: House Detectives

    Scott Rensberger

    How 2 women in Washington DC turned a love of research into a business. Their mission is to help homeowners find out who previously lived in their homes and neighborhood.

  • Originally published 03/29/2017

    Video of the Week: The Fallen of World War 2

    The Fallen of World War II is an interactive documentary that examines the human cost of the second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the war.

  • Originally published 12/19/2016

    Video of the Week: The Right to Vote

    Beverly Gage, David Blight and other scholars discuss the campaign to suppress (and protect) the black vote since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

  • Originally published 12/15/2016

    Video of the Week: Mathew Brady

    Scott Rensberger

    One of Brady's little-known contributions was to arm scores of men with traveling dark rooms to capture the battlefield scenes of the Civil War. 

  • Originally published 04/04/2016

    Video of the Week: A brief history of lead

    Lindsay Lazarski

    In this video, we take a step back in time to look at the history of lead — how it was used, how it was banned in certain items, efforts to keep the industry strong, and how it is still used today.

  • Originally published 11/19/2015

    Video of the Week: The New Jim Crow Museum

    Tour the Jim Crow museum with founder and curator, Dr. David Pilgrim who discusses some of the major themes of the museum. Jim Crow was not just a character or a set of "laws," it was a system that built upon itself to create and sustain a society with a racial hierarchy.

  • Originally published 06/04/2015

    Let There Be Light, 1946

    Documentary: Veterans' hospital showing ten week treatment program for men with psychological problems stemming from combat.

  • Originally published 03/18/2015

    Spoof: Great Women of History (And Their Husbands)

    Host Peter Carlisle presents key women in history (and the husbands that made them who they are) in this collection of the popular Saturday Morning Special from 1987, the year of the first ever Women's History Month.

  • Originally published 02/19/2015

    The history of executive orders (Video)

    The executive order goes all the way back to Article II of the Constitution and every president has used them. Here's a rundown on the use and history of the executive order.

  • Originally published 12/24/2014

    1904. The History of New Year's Eve In Times Square

    New York in 1904 was a city on the verge of tremendous changes - and, not surprisingly, many of those changes had their genesis in the bustling energy and thronged streets of Times Square.