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Smarty Pants

Dancing the Imperial Twist

Dancing the Imperial Twist

Julian Saporiti on mixing music with history as No-No Boy

Stephanie Bastek

Dying for Fashion

Dying for Fashion

Dana Thomas on how our hunger for new clothes damages the environment and exploits workers

Stephanie Bastek

On the Line

On the Line

Karen Pinchin on what tuna reveal about the fate of our oceans

Stephanie Bastek

Of Panic and Paranoia

Of Panic and Paranoia

Colin Dickey on the enduring power of secret societies and conspiracy theories

Stephanie Bastek

Man vs. Mosquito

Man vs. Mosquito

Timothy Winegard on how this irritating insect changed human history—for better and for worse

Stephanie Bastek

The Falcon’s Odd Little Cousin

The Falcon’s Odd Little Cousin

Jonathan Meiburg on the smartest bird you’ve never heard of

Stephanie Bastek

Imagined Cuisines

Imagined Cuisines

Anya von Bremzen on what makes a “national dish”

Stephanie Bastek

What Could Be Wurst?

What Could Be Wurst?

Jamie Loftus on the wild American world of hot dogs

Stephanie Bastek

Why the West Won’t Die

Why the West Won’t Die

Naoíse Mac Sweeney on writing a different kind of “big history” book

Stephanie Bastek

No-No-Novel

No-No-Novel

Resurrecting the legacy of John Okada, the first Japanese-American novelist

Stephanie Bastek

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Read me a Poem

“I Want to Write” by Margaret Walker

“I Want to Write” by Margaret Walker

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“Someone” by Dennis O’Driscoll

“Someone” by Dennis O’Driscoll

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“Poem about My Rights” by June Jordan

“Poem about My Rights” by June Jordan

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“To a Milkmaid” by Carolyn Wells

“To a Milkmaid” by Carolyn Wells

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“The Hill-Shade” by William Barnes

“The Hill-Shade” by William Barnes

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“The Earth is Closing on Us” by Mahmoud Darwish

“The Earth is Closing on Us” by Mahmoud Darwish

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“Justice Denied in Massachusetts” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Justice Denied in Massachusetts” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“Eurydice” by Linda Gregg

“Eurydice” by Linda Gregg

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“Stages” by Hermann Hesse

“Stages” by Hermann Hesse

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“Envoy” by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Envoy” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

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