Category Archives: History

How I Came to Spend the Pandemic Thinking About Winston Churchill

Reviews of recent works by Candice Millard and Eric Larson Continue reading

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Remembering the TV Dinner, Somewhat Fondly

It didn’t taste very good and it wasn’t very good for you. Continue reading

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The Jukebox Story: An American Cultural Icon

‘an enduring image of a bygone era’ Continue reading

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The Jukebox Story: Rise and Fall

The impact of technical, economic and cultural changes. Continue reading

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The Jukebox Story: Evolving Technology

Four European immigrants who changed the industry. Continue reading

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The Jukebox Story: Whose Idea Was This Anyway?

Was it the inventor of the “nickel-in-the-slot” machine? Continue reading

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Let’s Social Distance and Quarantine Like It’s 1918

The doctors, deniers and poets of the Spanish flu pandemic. Continue reading

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Blame Ben Franklin: The History of For-Profit Colleges

The commercial for-profit college business is older than the United States itself. Continue reading

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The LBJ Enigma

The LBJ Museum and Library, Austin, Texas Continue reading

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What to Think of Thomas Edison

The man, the book, the movie Continue reading

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