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The Chernobyl Cover-Up: How Officials Botched Evacuating an Irradiated City
May 10, 2018

With Chernobyl's nuclear radiation raining down, Communist party officials dithered, delayed and hid the truth. Then they gave residents of nearby Prypiat 50 minutes to evacuate. Read More

How the Search for Little Green Men—or Any Life on Mars—Got Smarter
May 4, 2018

NASA's InSight mission, which will dig into the planet's core, is the latest to explore for signs of life on the red planet. Read More

Why Being the First Lady Can Be the Second Hardest Job in the Nation
April 27, 2018

There are many ways to be a modern first lady. Read More

How North Korea Feeds Its Impoverished People a Steady Diet of Anti-U.S. Paranoia
April 18, 2018

For nearly seven decades, the Kim family dynasty has warned the North Korean people that the U.S. is a murderous superpower—and their only chance of survival is nuclear-level readiness for an American attack. Read More

The Surprising Human Factors Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall
April 12, 2018

First came the botched press conference. Then the actions of an angry, tired secret police officer who thought he had nothing to lose. Soviet reaction wasn't good. Read More

Was 1968 America’s Bloodiest Year in Politics?
April 6, 2018

War. Assassinations. Riots. Violent protest clashes. America was certainly no stranger to political violence, but 1968 appeared to bring the bloodletting to new heights. Read More

Jesse Jackson on M.L.K.: One Bullet Couldn’t Kill the Movement
March 30, 2018

Rev. Jackson, who was part of King’s inner circle in 1968—and witnessed his assassination—weighs in on that shocking moment, its turbulent aftermath and carrying forth the dream. Read More

Inside the Conversion Tactics of the Early Christian Church
March 29, 2018

Hint: It had something to do with miracles. Read More

Are Cities in Decline the New American Frontier?
March 28, 2018

Americans may not love their blighted places, but comebacks are often staged from the nation's fringes. Case in point: Eminem's Detroit. Read More

The Complicated Pasts of 6 Trailblazing Women
March 27, 2018

Mother Teresa advocated reusing hypodermic needles for the poor in her care. Margaret Sanger promoted birth control as a way to keep 'undesirable' minorities from procreating. To understand history's lionized women, we need more nuanced portraits. Read More