Under the direction and mentorship of Serge Diaghilev, the visual artists, composers and choreographers that worked with the Ballets Russes transformed ballet into an avant-garde art form, breaking with tradition and looking for something new, something that reflected the modernity of the 20th century.
All photos courtesy Leonard Freed Estate On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people traveled in cars, trains, chartered buses and airplanes to the nation’s capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. To kick off … Continue reading
The Egyptian interim government may take violent measures to combat protest. Is this move reminiscent of the Egyptian government’s repressive history? How should the Obama administration respond? Margaret Warner gets analysis from Michelle Dunne of the Atlantic Council and Samer Shehata from the University of Oklahoma. Continue reading
To examine the challenges and opportunities for Israel and the Palestinians going into a new round of talks, Judy Woodruff gets analysis from David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Hussein Ibsish of the American Task Force on Palestine. Continue reading
The last official declaration of war from the U.S. Congress was in 1941, but the United States has been engaged in frequent military conflict since then. Ray Suarez sits down with Marvin Kalb to discuss the evolving power of the president in his book "The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed." Continue reading
California has funded scientists from the San Francisco Estuary Institute to reconstruct an image of the San Joaquin Delta’s pre-Spanish landscape. They layer navigational charts, government land surveys, drawings, photographs, and journals to paint detailed picture of the Delta ecosystem of 200 years ago. Continue reading
How does modern technology allow us to engage in conversations about the past? Gwen Ifill talks to presidential historian Michael Beschloss about how the Twitter-verse has opened up new ways to view history in the digital age. Continue reading
Nearly half a century since his murder, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was honored in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Gwen Ifill examines the life and legacy of Evers — a World War II veteran and the NAACP’s first field secretary in the South — with Jerry Mitchell of The Clarion-Ledger newspaper. Continue reading
The George W. Bush Presidential Center marks the thirteenth library dedicated to a president. Whether you’ve been to one, all or none, test your skills and see how well you know (or can guess) what’s inside the presidential libraries.
Moises Naim’s new book, "The End of Power," aims to track the history of political power and answer why being in charge isn’t what it used to be. Ray Suarez talks with Naim, also a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about why power is both harder to use and to keep today. Continue reading