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Camp Funston

Journal of the Plague Year

The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. And it may have begun in the United States

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Viral Stories

Surprisingly few U.S. writers touched by the 1918 pandemic wrote about it. But flu lit appears more popular today than ever

A woman sells live poultry

The Birth of a Killer

Hundreds there have already died of a new bird flu, putting world health authorities on high alert

Flu pandemics

How to Stop a Lethal Virus

With tens of millions of lives at stake, medical researchers are racing to create a revolutionary flu vaccine before the next devastating epidemic

Grizzlies

Bear Essential

This unique North American sanctuary lets a few lucky observers see the besieged species in its wildest state

Members of the chorus

Theater of War

Do plays written centuries ago have the power to heal modern day traumas? A new project raises the curtain on a daring new experiment

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A Winter’s Tale

A deep dive into an obscure archive reveals that the Palm Beach property had once been envisioned as a "Winter White House"

A Charles Brown Christmas

The co-author of a classic holiday song still can’t catch a break

Gettysburg Redux

New work by an acclaimed American artist grapples with the mythology of Civil War heroism

Bold Stroke

President Grant’s signature on the 15th Amendment was a bold stroke for equality

Hollywood’s Secret Weapon

The starlet patented an ingenious technology to help with the war effort, but it went unrecognized for decades

Ballad of the Last Porpoise

The fascinating vaquita is heading for oblivion, the victim of a ravenous black market for a dubious remedy

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