Back Story :: The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death
Breaking through the softened, public persona of Martin Luther King to reveal the radicalism of his life work.
Best of the Left :: Our Longest War Has Been a Lie All Along (The Afghanistan Papers)
Back in 2001, I stated that a full-scale military invasion of Afghanistan, was not only immoral but a strategically unsound response to the criminal acts of the September 11th attacks. I have sadly been proven correct as the United States remains mired in this deadly quagmire going on 19 years.
Twenty Thousand Hertz :: 4′ 33″
The story behind John Cage’s famous composition and why it’s more than a joke or a gimmick.
Have You Heard? :: History Wars: How Politics Shape Textbooks
How history is taught in schools is guided by textbooks, and the content of those textbooks is heavily shaped by politics, especially the government educational policy of two large states, California and Texas.
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More Perfect (via RadioLab) :: Sex Appeal
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg convinced the Supreme Court to take on discrimination against women, by taking a case involving discrimination against men.
On the Media :: Rethinking MLK Day
The downside of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy in the African-American is how his idea of masculinity is used against women and anyone who doesn’t fit into the perception of respectability.
Hidden Brain :: How Science Spreads: Smallpox, Stomach Ulcers, And ‘The Vegetable Lamb Of Tartary’
This episode focuses on the way in which scientific ideas spread and how they are accepted within communities. It focuses on the dissemination of misinformation, but also how it is a necessity that we accept scientific ideas without having individually tested them. I was particularly intrigued to learn about Mary Wortley Montagu, who spread the idea of smallpox inoculation in 18th century England, around the same time Cotton Mather was doing so in Boston. Rather unfairly, I hadn’t heard her story before.
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