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09
Feb

Reclaiming Death as Part of Life

There is no place for death in most modern-day American homes. The “parlor”, where wakes used to be held, is now known as the “living room”, as author Nancy Scheper-Hughes notes in …

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05
Feb

5 Myths of Europe

by Steven Hill, author of Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age and Director of the Political Reform Program at the New America Foundation Picture …

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06
Nov

Ed Sullivan’s America

This week, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a feature of Gerald Nachman’s Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!: Ed Sullivan’s America. The Chronicle’s Regan McMahon interviewed Nachman in Oakland, where Nachman grew …

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07
Aug

Alcatraz After 75 Years

From 1934-1963, the federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island housed America’s most notorious gangsters, bank robbers, kidnappers, and other public enemies, and the guards who controlled their every move. Marooned on the island, …

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17
Jul

Bryant Simon on Coffee Culture

When Starbucks first started out, a $4 coffee was virtually unheard of. However, as Bryant Simon observes in Everything but the Coffee and on his Red Room blog, $4 at Starbucks went …

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27
May

Pop L.A. Wins 2009 Eldredge Prize

Cécile Whiting’s book Pop L.A.: Art and the City in the 1960s (2006) is the winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2009 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American …

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