Feb 10, 2014 — In the years after World War II, Eliot Elisofon traveled from Capetown to Cairo in a mobile photography studio. The pictures he took for Life magazine helped reshape Americans' understanding of the continent. Susan Stamberg takes a look at an exhibit of Elisofon's photos, currently on display at the Museum of African Art in D.C.
Jan 7, 2014 — Back in 1964, people smoked cigarettes at work, in restaurants and in grocery stores. Few would have predicted that a report from the U.S. surgeon general would spark a public health revolution that has increased life expectancy in this country by 30 percent.
Nov 22, 2013 — As the nation pauses to reflect on what happened in Dallas 50 years ago, we look back at his "ask not" speech. Watch the video and read his words.
Nov 20, 2013 — Life on Earth is connected to the stars in ways we couldn't imagine a thousand years ago. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser says the journey to understanding our relationship with the cosmos has transformed how we see ourselves and all that surrounds us.
Oct 27, 2013 — Just a few decades ago, polio was crippling more than a thousand children each day. Now the paralyzing virus remains endemic to only three countries. A timeline shows how polio went from one of the most feared illnesses to a disease on the ropes.
Oct 26, 2013 — We usually associate fish sauce with Southeast Asian cooking. But it turns out the briny condiment also has deep roots in Europe, dating back to the Roman Empire. What caused its decline? Historians say it boils down to taxes, and pirates.
Oct 22, 2013 — A team led by Emily Thompson, a history professor at Princeton, has matched noise complaints from New York City in the Roaring '20s with the actual street sounds of the day.
Aug 28, 2013 — Chicago Pastor Archibald Carey Jr. ended his address to the 1952 GOP convention with a call to "let freedom ring" that King would echo in 1963 at the March on Washington. Decades later, a recording of Carey's address has been found.
Aug 28, 2013 — Here's where to see or listen to coverage of Wednesday's ceremony. Among those scheduled to speak: President Obama; former presidents Carter and Clinton; and Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the nation's 35th president.
Aug 16, 2013 — Google's announcement that users of Gmail have no "legitimate expectation" that their emails will be kept private is only the latest example of the erosion of personal privacy. This leads commentator Alva NoŽ to ask: if privacy is so important to people, why do we do so little to secure it?