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Ode on a Grecian Urn
In this poem, John Keats describes a series of images on a Grecian urn.
Propaganda: Battling for the Mind
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the purpose and history of propaganda and how it influences people.
A speaker describes taking his nephew for a walk in the forest.
Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail
Angel B. Pérez
A dean of admissions dispels the myth that students should showcase perfection on a college application, and explores the relationship between past failures and college success.
George W. Harkins to the American People
George W. Harkins
In an open letter to the American people, Choctaw chief George W. Harkins expresses his opinion about the Indian removals.
Grace Hopper was one of the first female programmers and helped develop the first modern computer.
Can You Still Have Hope When Life Seems Hopeless?
Ashley Westerman discusses the hopes of the Rohingya refugees who have been forced to flee to Bangladesh to avoid persecution.
Where the World's Refugees Are
Malaka Gharib discusses where refugees have sought safety in the world.
The New Era of Positive Psychology
Martin Seligman discusses the development of “positive psychology” and how people can lead happier lives.
Why I Love a Country That Once Betrayed Me
George Takei discusses his experiences being interned during WWII and his feelings about America today.
A lawyer and a banker make a bet that takes fifteen years to settle.
The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s Time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports
The director of the National Museum of the American Indian discusses why Native American motifs should not be used in sports.
FDR and the New Deal
Mike Kubic discusses President Roosevelt’s New Deal program in response to the Great Depression.
Nearly 1 Million South Sudanese Refugees In Uganda
Scott Simon interviews Noah Gottschalk about South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda.
Baseball Is A Field Of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans
Baseball plays a big role in the Dominican Republic, as a large number of Major League Baseball players have come from the Dominican Republic.
Key Black Leader Turns 60 On South Africa Prison Isle
John F. Burns
John F. Burns discusses Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island for his actions against South Africa’s government.
Eleanor Roosevelt: Not Without Her Consent
The author describes how Eleanor Roosevelt transformed the role of First Lady by advocating for women and speaking out against racial injustice.
Why This Controversial German Woman Turned Her Back on Money For 16 Years
Mandi Woodruff discusses Heidemarie Schwermer’s decisions to live without money.