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The AIDS Memorial Quilt, honoring people who died of AIDS, on display in Washington, D.C. in 2011. NIH/Wikipedia

Coronavirus: Three lessons from the AIDS crisis

It took decades for scientists to recognize HIV/AIDS as a new disease, and years longer to mobilize an effective response with broad public support. Will the US do better against novel coronavirus?
Election fraud is not usually as obvious as this. Victor Moussa/Shutterstock.com

‘Stolen’ elections open wounds that may never heal

When the electoral process was helped along by practices that either were or appeared to be underhanded, the resulting wounds took a long time to heal – and may not ever have healed.
Rush Limbaugh reacts as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

What Trump’s picks for the Presidential Medal of Freedom – like Rush Limbaugh and Antonin Scalia – say about him

Researchers have analyzed data from the last 50 years of medals to learn what presidents consider important and what legacy they hope to leave behind.
Hip-hop officially became the most popular music genre in 2018 and continued its reign in 2019, according to Nielsen Music. Lev Radin/Shutterstock.com

Why hip-hop belongs in today’s classrooms

For the second year in a row, hip-hop music is the most popular form of music in the US. So why isn't it in more of America's classrooms? A hip-hop scholar weighs in.
A team photograph of the 1919 Chicago White Sox squad, many of whom would be implicated in throwing that year’s World Series. Heritage Auctions

How gambling built baseball – and then almost destroyed it

Up until the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, gambling and baseball had a marriage of convenience. A century later, gambling is again being seen as a solution to the sport's woes.

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