The Liberty Bell: The Chime that Changed the World

Tradition tells of a chime that changed the world on July 8, 1776, with the Liberty Bell ringing out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon. The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Bell in 1751 to commemorate[…]

Remembering the US Soldiers Who Refused Orders to Murder Native Americans at Sand Creek

Members and supporters of the Arapaho and Cheyenne Native American tribes, 2014. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley By Dr. Billy J. Stratton / 11.21.2016 Professor of Native American Studies and Contemporary American Literature University of Denver Every Thanksgiving weekend for the past 17 years, Arapaho and Cheyenne youth lead a 180-mile relay from the Sand Creek Massacre[…]

Ancient Roman Thermae (Public Bath) Discovered in Bulgaria

The newly discovered Ancient Roman bath house in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv dates to ca. 2nd century AD. Photo: Plovdiv24 By Ivan Dikov / 11.04.2016 Archaeology in Bulgaria A previously unknown building of Ancient Roman thermae (public baths) has been discovered during the construction of a residential building in the southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, the successor[…]

Jim Bakker: God Will Send Earthquakes To Punish Counties That Voted For Hillary Clinton

By Robert Mainville / 11.22.2016 Jim Bakker, one of America’s resident nutcases (and felon) – a theist with a thorn against sanity – was at it again following the election. Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker reacted to the presidential election results by prophesying that God will punish people who live in counties that voted for[…]

Rice Farming in India Much Older than Thought, Used as ‘Summer Crop’ by Indus Civilization

Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier, and suggests systems of seasonal crop variation that would have provided a rich and diverse diet for the Bronze Age residents of the Indus valley. 11.21.2016 Latest research on archaeological sites of the[…]

Astral Travels with Jack London

Inmates at San Quentin State Prison gather for a concert, date unknown / On the centenary of Jack London’s death, Benjamin Breen looks at the writer’s last book to be published in his lifetime, The Star Rover — a strange tale about solitary confinement and interstellar reincarnation — and how it speaks to us[…]

The Two Men Who Almost Derailed New England’s First Colonies

Jennie A. Brownscombe’s ‘The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth’ (1914). Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Peter C. Mancall / 11.21.2016 Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences University of Southern California There is no holiday more American than Thanksgiving – and perhaps none with origins so shrouded in comforting myths.[…]

The Healthy Side of Pride

By Jill Suttie, Psy.D. / 10.14.2016 Pride is often considered a negative force in human existence—the opposite of humility and a source of social friction. It’s even been called the “deadliest sin.” But is it? Not according to psychologist Jessica Tracy, author of the new book Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret[…]