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Arts Sep 29Behind the castle doors, a crew of Renaissance fair workers find family amid the fantasy
Behind the scenes of this fleeting fantasy world is a tight-knit community of artisans, entrepreneurs and free spirits who reunite at the Maryland festival every year, and have for decades.
World Sep 14The first American Vietnam War POW on why we need to understand the war
Former U.S. Navy Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. was the second U.S. pilot to be downed and detained during the Vietnam War. He spent more than eight years in captivity, making him the second-longest-held American prisoner of war. He talks to…
Nation Aug 14First-ever federal charges of female genital mutilation seen as landmark
In April, the FBI opened its first-ever federal case against two Michigan doctors for performing the procedure on dozens of girls over more than a decade. The outcome could set a precedent for how the American court system rules on…
Nation Aug 09How this slave descendent is helping reframe history at Madison’s home
Leontyne Peck has helped interpret several notable artifacts, many of which are now featured in a permanent exhibit at Montpelier called "The Mere Distinction of Colour."…
Politics Jul 24In Texas, legal battle over abortion law hangs over special legislative session
Planned Parenthood and other groups are seeking to block a new abortion law in Texas that is set to take effect in September.
Arts Jul 215 Jane Austen works to read in honor of the 200th anniversary of her death
Here are five lesser-known and beloved works by Jane Austen to read on the 200th anniversary of her death.
Arts Jul 145 episodes of television you should be watching now
James Poniewozik, the chief television critic at the New York Times, shares his favorite television episodes this season. Here are his top five.
Arts Jun 1546 years later, Yoko Ono gets songwriting credit with John Lennon for ‘Imagine’
In a 1980 interview, Lennon said the song “should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song because a lot of it — the lyric and the concept — came from Yoko.” He said he received inspiration from Ono’s 1964 book “Grapefruit.”…
Nation Jun 12The landmark Loving interracial marriage case began in this county, 50 years ago
On July 11, 1958, five weeks after their wedding date, Mildred and Richard Loving woke to a flashlight shining in their eyes and the sheriff of Caroline County, Virginia, standing above their bed. They were under arrest.
Nation Jun 06Activists in N.J. push to ban child marriage before Christie leaves office
In an effort to make New Jersey the first state to ban child marriage, about 30 protesters outside the statehouse on Thursday dressed as brides with chained hands and tape over their mouths.