A gem in the desert, this old copper mining town became "An American Original." But the town's darker history is often buried.
Black voting was suppressed for a century. Then came "Bloody Sunday" in Selma. MLK led the marches. LBJ stunned the nation by using a familiar phrase.
Women had spoken, convened, rallied for the vote. For 70 years. Then Alice Paul and the Silent Sentinels stood their ground.
"The future is dark, with a darkness as much of the womb as the grave." -- Rebecca Solnit
Coal miners distrusted Barbara Kopple until she hunkered down with them -- for three years -- and came home with a living, breathing masterpiece.
You say "youse." I say "you guys." You say "pop." I say "soda." Let's call ourselves American.
When the Nobel laureate investigated the Challenger disaster, America got a science lesson from a master...
"In America, there are two kinds of travel -- first class and travel with children."
-- Meet Robert Benchley.
A century ago, in the bleakest of years, other poets despaired. But one lit her candle -- at both ends.
One man. A vision. 29 years. In his backyard. The Watts Towers are "as pure a work of art as this country can rightly call its own."
Ever see a great-grandmother pick a Martin? Upside down? Elizabeth Cotten charmed audiences with her "Freight Train" and her unique picking.
A new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, probes the president's deep sorrow. But how did his son's death change the president and the Civil War?