Jul 22, 2014 — Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.
Jul 20, 2014 — Forty-five years after man first walked on the moon, Alan Bean, who was part of the second lunar landing, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about his stormy launch and how he translates space travel into art.
Jul 19, 2014 — The story of Alice Coachman Davis, who died last week, offers plentiful reminders about mid-century attitudes on race and gender. But ultimately, her story is about transcending all that.
Jul 18, 2014 — The shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer in New York City led to six days of rioting in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant — the first in a series of violent protests in 1964.
Jul 17, 2014 — There is some debate over who actually invented the toy, but it's clear that a mix of science and marketing helped Silly Putty make a lasting impression.
Jul 16, 2014 — A most unusual regatta recently celebrated vintage yachts, some more than 100 years old, and a time when sailing the oceans depended on well-trained crews with little more than compass and sextant.
Jul 16, 2014 — This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Commentator Frank Deford considers the war's unlikely impact on American sports.
Jul 14, 2014 — This month, Saint Toribio Romo's relics will be displayed in churches around California. His spirit is said to guide, feed and shelter immigrants as they journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jul 13, 2014 — Analyzing records from London's oldest criminal court reveals how Western society has viewed violent crime over time. Science writer Jennifer Ouellette discusses the findings with NPR's Arun Rath.
Jul 13, 2014 — The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, says historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.