Arlington, Va.’s Signature Theater won a 2009 Tony Award as one of the nation’s best regional theaters. Jeffrey Brown explores the theater’s history and humble beginnings. Continue reading
Throughout the Depression, an ambitious New Deal project called “America Eats” employed secretaries and unemployed journalists, as well as literary luminaries — Nelson Algren, Zora Neale Hurston and Eudora Welty — to research and write about the nation’s gastronomic traditions, from debate over mint juleps in the South and differences between clam chowders in the Northeast.
Born in 1896, Walter Breuning of Great Falls, Mont., is the oldest living man in the United States. Breuning discusses his lifetime spent working for the railroads and the changes he has witnessed. Continue reading
Nations with leaders who are keenly affected by their own decisions may weather crises better than those whose leaders are further removed, according to author Jared Diamond. Diamond discusses his new book “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” with NewsHour Business correspondent Paul Solman. Continue reading
People worldwide celebrated Charles Darwin, the “father of evolution’s” 200th birthday this week, honoring his extraordinary impact on science and history. Analysts discuss the man, his legacy and the ongoing debates raging over his core theories. Continue reading
President Obama spoke at the Lincoln Memorial Thursday to celebrate the former president’s 200th birthday, praising his ability to bridge deep divides and bring unity to a fractured nation. Historians mull Lincoln’s legacy and its relevance today. Continue reading
As many as 2 million people converged on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Gwen Ifill reports on the record crowds and their reactions to the historic day. Continue reading
Only a few poets have participated in the swearing-in ceremony for our nation’s highest office, and on Jan. 20, Elizabeth Alexander will become just the fourth to hold that honor when she will recite an original poem at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. Continue reading