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1493: An Uncommon History of How Columbus Changed the World
1493: An Uncommon History of How Columbus Changed the World

What events from half a millennium ago can teach us about the globalization debate today.

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The Myth of Popular Culture: Why ‘Highbrow’ & ‘Lowbrow’ Don’t Work
The Myth of Popular Culture: Why ‘Highbrow’ & ‘Lowbrow’ Don’t Work

From Dante to Dylan, or what nineteenth-century phrenology has to do with the codification of bigotry.

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Understanding Urbanity: 7 Must-Read Books About Cities
Understanding Urbanity: 7 Must-Read Books About Cities

What airports have to do with Medieval towns, Brooklyn’s bookstores and Le Corbusier.

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11 Piano Lessons in 9 Minutes from Iconic Jazz Pianist Earl Hines
11 Piano Lessons in 9 Minutes from Iconic Jazz Pianist Earl Hines

A brief history of jazz piano techniques.

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Famous Lives in Minimalist Pictogram Flowcharts: From Darth Vader to Jesus
Famous Lives in Minimalist Pictogram Flowcharts: From Darth Vader to Jesus

From the guillotine to lightsabers, or what vintage visual language has to do with pop culture.

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Noam Chomsky Explains the Cold War in 5 Minutes
Noam Chomsky Explains the Cold War in 5 Minutes

What the gist of the Cold War can teach us about the nature of international violence, peace, and democracy.

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