Dr. John Gorrie

Chilly Reception

Dr. John Gorrie found the competition all fired up when he tried to market his ice-making machine

Kerrville Folk Festival

Camping in Concert

At this outdoor folk-music festival in rural Texas, you're not a "Kerrvivor" unless you stay till the end


The First Empire Builder of the Northwest

Long before Bill Gates, James J. Hill blazed a technological trail, built a fortune — and tested the government's tolerance for big business


The Changing Face of Stone Mountain

In the shadow of a towering Confederate memorial — and a difficult history — a small Georgia town looks to the future

Chuck Close, self-portrait

Close Calls in Art and Life

Photograph of cased-daguerreotype studio portrait of brain-injury survivor Phineas P. Gage (1823–1860) shown holding the tamping iron which injured him.

Facing a Bumpy History

The much-maligned theory of phrenology gets a tip of the hat from modern neuroscience

Across the Country, It's All Happening at the Coffeehouse

In small towns and cities too, we're seeking out neighborhood havens where one can savor an espresso and a sense of community

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