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Ugly History: Witch Hunts – Brian A. Pavlac

Ugly History: Witch Hunts – Brian A. Pavlac

In the German town of Nördlingen in 1593, an innkeeper named Maria Höll found herself accused of witchcraft. She was arrested for questioning, and denied the charges. She continued to insist she wasn’t a witch through 62 rounds of torture before her accusers finally released her. Rebekka Lemp, accused a few years earlier in the …

A brief history of dogs – David Ian Howe

Since their emergence over 200,000 years ago, modern humans have established homes and communities all over the planet. But they didn’t do it alone. Whatever corner of the globe you find homo sapiens in today, you’re likely to find another species nearby: Canis lupus familiaris. Whether they’re herding, hunting, sledding, or slouching the sheer variety …

When will the next ice age happen? – Lorraine Lisiecki

When will the next ice age happen? – Lorraine Lisiecki

Twenty thousand years ago, the Earth was a frigid landscape where woolly mammoths roamed. Huge ice sheets, several thousand meters thick, encased parts of North America, Asia, and Europe. We commonly know it as the “Ice Age.” But geologists call it the Last Glacial Maximum. That’s because it’s the most recent time that ice reached …

The myth of Sisyphus – Alex Gendler

The myth of Sisyphus – Alex Gendler

Whether it’s being chained to a burning wheel, turned into a spider, or having an eagle eat one’s liver, Greek mythology is filled with stories of the gods inflicting gruesome horrors on mortals who angered them. Yet one of their most famous punishments is not remembered for its outrageous cruelty, but for its disturbing familiarity. …

History vs. Che Guevara – Alex Gendler

History vs. Che Guevara – Alex Gendler

His face is recognized all over the world. The young medical student who became a revolutionary icon. But was Che Guevara a heroic champion of the poor or a ruthless warlord who left a legacy of repression? Order, order. Hey, where have I seen that guy before? Ahem, your Honor, this is Ernesto Che Guevara. …