The Issue on the Table: Is “Hamilton” Good For History?

The Issue on the Table: Is “Hamilton” Good For History?

Even if it hadn’t won big at the 2016 Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical would remain a theatrical powerhouse and a fixture of contemporary American culture. It’s likewise been seen as a champion of U.S. history, inspiring...
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Songster Dom Flemons Brings Back the Melodies of the Black Cowboy

Songster Dom Flemons Brings Back the Melodies of the Black Cowboy

Whitewashed from cowboy movies and lore, the African-American contribution to the shaping of the American West was more significant than previously considered, down to tunes they sang, which were as familiar as “Home on the Range.” In researching songs tha...
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This Is How Hard It Is to Catch a 40-lb. Dogtooth With a Reel

This Is How Hard It Is to Catch a 40-lb. Dogtooth With a Reel

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A Brief History of America’s Appetite for Macaroni and Cheese

A Brief History of America’s Appetite for Macaroni and Cheese

Being a judge at a macaroni and cheese competition in San Francisco taught me a lot about American food. The competitors were mostly chefs, and the audience—the online tickets sold out in minutes—was soaking up the chance to be at...
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You’ll Never Guess What State Has 2018’s Top Wine Destination

You’ll Never Guess What State Has 2018’s Top Wine Destination

Napa, Sonoma, and New York’s Finger Lakes get a lot of attention when it comes to wine, but they aren’t the only places in the U.S. to get an amazing vintage. A study released Tuesday by RewardExpert analyzed millions of...
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This designer has a ‘gift’ for predicting royal wedding gowns, and she nailed Meghan Markle’s

This designer has a ‘gift’ for predicting royal wedding gowns, and she nailed Meghan Markle’s

When Meghan Markle emerged from the sleek, vintage Rolls Royce at the foot of the steps of St. George’s Chapel on her wedding day, many royal watchers were surprised by the style of her gown. But not Romona Keveza. Indeed,...
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Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View

Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View

Among the dozens of works on display in a new show at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is one that is possibly the first depiction of a same sex couple—the silhouettes of Sylvia Drake and Charity Bryant of Weybridge, Vermont,...
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5 Montreal stories guaranteed to make you smile this week: May 25

5 Montreal stories guaranteed to make you smile this week: May 25

Do you have a place in the city that makes you feel at home? For one Singaporean couple, it’s a small restaurant in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest. Here are five stories guaranteed to make you smile this week: Running for hope “Terry...
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Amelia Bloomer Didn’t Mean to Start a Fashion Revolution, But Her Name Became Synonymous With Trousers

Amelia Bloomer Didn’t Mean to Start a Fashion Revolution, But Her Name Became Synonymous With Trousers

In mid-1800s America, everyone agreed women’s clothing posed a problem. The dictates of modesty called for floor-length dresses, and fashion demanded a full skirt beneath a tiny waist. As a result, middle- and upper-class American women squeezed themselves i...
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What Is the Future of Fire?

What Is the Future of Fire?

As California prepares for the 2018 wildfire season, it hasn’t yet recovered from the devastation of last year’s fires. 2017 featured five of the state’s most destructive fires of all time, including the catastrophic Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa...
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