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Ibn Khaldūn

Ibn Khaldūn was a Muslim writer who covered history, economics and sociology. He lived during a time of chaos and ...
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Were Nazis Better Soldiers Because They Used Drugs?

If one were to wonder what motivated Hitler’s notoriously stone-hearted, goose-stepping Nazi soldiers, such obvious options as hate and bigotry ...
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James Holland On How Researchers are Using Google Maps to Learn More About D-Day

I’m writing this fresh from Normandy, where I attended a street-naming ceremony for the Sherwood Rangers, a British armored regiment ...
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James Holland On How Researchers are Using Google Maps to Learn More About D-Day

I’m writing this fresh from Normandy, where I attended a street-naming ceremony for the Sherwood Rangers, a British armored regiment ...
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Were Nazis Better Soldiers Because They Used Drugs?

If one were to wonder what motivated Hitler’s notoriously stone-hearted, goose-stepping Nazi soldiers, such obvious options as hate and bigotry ...
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The Last Salem ‘Witch’ Is Pardoned After 329 Years — Thanks to These Kids

Elizabeth Johnson Jr., the final Massachusetts resident to be still considered a witch under state law, has finally been exonerated, The ...
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The Last Salem ‘Witch’ Is Pardoned After 329 Years — Thanks to These Kids

Elizabeth Johnson Jr., the final Massachusetts resident to be still considered a witch under state law, has finally been exonerated, The ...
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The 6 Earliest Human Civilizations

While modern civilizations extend to every continent except Antarctica, most scholars place the earliest cradles of civilizations—in other words, where ...
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‘The Erawan War’ Book Review: Pitting CIA-Backed Fighters Against NVA in Laos

In Ken Conboy’s masterful retelling of covert operations across the border from Vietnam, The Erawan War, Volume 2: The CIA ...
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The History of Mohonk Mountain House

Lake Mohonk Mountain House ad poster. (Heritage Image Partnership LTD./Alamy Stock Photo) In 1869, after several summers vacationing in the ...
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Hong Kong: The 5-19 football riot in China

In May 1985 Hong Kong inflicted an unexpected footballing defeat on their neighbours and rivals China in a World Cup ...
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Hong Kong – democracy campaigner

In 1997 Hong Kong was handed back to China after more than 150 years of British rule. There were ceremonies ...
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Hong Kong – the handover

In 1997 Hong Kong was a buzzing hub of capitalism surrounded by a communist state. It was also a colonial ...
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The UK’s first official gay Pride March

The UK’s first official gay Pride march took place 50 years ago - 1st July 1972. Alex Collins talks to ...
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Egypt’s first democratic presidential election

In June 2012, Egypt held its first ever free democratic presidential election. Mohamed Morsi, representing the Muslim Brotherhood, emerged victorious ...
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Episode 197: Kiddo

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Music Arrival by Dominique Dumont Bouquet by Bobby Hutcherson ...
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The killing of Vincent Chin

In June 1982 a young Chinese-American engineer was murdered with a baseball bat by two white men in the US ...
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Robot Surgeon

In 1985 the first robot-assisted medical surgery took place in Vancouver, Canada. It’s now become a standard feature of operating ...
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India’s surrogacy capital

In 2003 Dr Nayana Patel, who ran her own fertility clinic in the state of Gujarat in India, carried out ...
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Cambodia war crimes

In 2009, a UN-backed war crimes tribunal opened in Cambodia to try the senior Khmer Rouge commanders responsible for the ...
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Fractal Curves: From the Esoteric to the Ubiquitous – Professor Kenneth Falconer

Professor Kenneth Falconer delievers his lecture on 'Fractal Curves: From the Esoteric to the Ubiquitous' gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/curves-in-honour-of-leibnizs-tercentenary The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College ...
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Beyond Surprise and Satisfy: A New Theory of Performance – Professor David Owen Norris

World renowned pianist and academic, Professor David Owen Norris breaks down a new understanding of performance success: gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/beyond-surprise-or-satisfy-a-new-theory-of-performance That the key to an audience's attention is to fulfil or frustrate ...
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Ludwig van Beethoven Op 95 in F minor

This quartet, which was composed in 1810 or 1811 and is his last before the so-called "late" quartets that crowned his final years. It is sometime nicknamed the "Serioso" (a ...
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Joseph Haydn, Op 76 No 5 in D major

Haydn was always an experimenter, and this quartet is one of his most unusual, in that the customary balance between the first two movements is reversed. The first movement is ...
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The Psychology of Performing Arts: The power of music

How does music exert such extraordinary effects on our emotions? To what extent does it depend upon our nature (biological rhythms, instinctive reactions to certain sound patterns) and to what ...
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London: A microcosm of global health

London: a microcosm of global health... or life and death on the Piccadilly line. While some people feel "overtasked, overstrained and overlived in this close London life", others thrive in ...
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The London Insurance and Reinsurance Market

"Lloyd's is the McDonald's of the Insurance Industry" London is still considered as the world's insurance and reinsurance centre. But no professional reinsurance company is owned by UK shareholders - ...
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The Times of Our Lives: A history of longevity

Notwithstanding bible stories, the average human lifespan has reached "three score years and ten" only through spectacular increases in the past two centuries, and only in the richer half of ...
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Shall Future Generations eat fish or Whales? – Sidney J Holt

In the mid-twentieth century the Southern Ocean whaling industry was the world's biggest fishery. Since then, most whale species have been depleted to near extinction, most fisheries have declined and ...
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