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Piece of Mind

Today’s obsession with posting material to Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter has a very American history

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Without Reservations

The bad boy chef and author weighs in on Americans’ late-arrival to the glorious delights of food culture

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America on Fire

The star-spangled war confirmed independence for the United States. But for Great Britain, it was a betrayal

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Elephant Killer

The recent capture of a notorious poacher has given hope to officials in Chad battling to save the African elephant from extinction

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The Sound of Music [Remix]

The hills are alive again with a new American generation of the singing family made famous by the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical

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Lawrence’s Arabia

His daring raids in World War I made him a legend. But in the Middle East today, the desert warrior’s legacy is written in sand

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Over the Rainbow

Seventy-five years after its Technicolor premiere, trace the earliest steps on the yellow brick road

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Rise of the Sea Urchin

In the icy waters off Norway, one intrepid Scot dives deep to satisfy the latest fjord-to-table craze at Europe’s finest restaurants

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Soul of the South

Fifty years after the civil rights summer of 1964, renowned travel writer Paul Theroux chronicles the living memory of an overlooked America

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You've Got Game

Can you figure out this exclusive new brain teaser from the “Jeopardy!” champion?

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Hey Hey, We’re the…

If they did, who could ask for anything more?

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A Twist of Fate

The 80’s fad should’ve fallen into obscurity—somehow it didn’t

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An Ancient Roman Cheat Sheet

New analysis of an ancient document reveals classical roots of fake wrestling

Around the Mall

Boy Meets Grille

Salvatore Scarpitta’s automative wonder goes on view at the Hirshhorn

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Fast Forward

Fast Forward

Researchers have printed 3D houses before—but this attempt, using recycled material in a classic Amsterdam style, can be rearranged for different needs.