History Articles

History

Roots of Irish Identity: What You Didn’t Know

Irish identity is always multiple, always layered with invasions and migrations in one wave after another; it is an identity of astonishing resilience, marked by tremendous suffering and great experiences of joy. […]

Ancient History

The Democratization of the Hundred Years War

During the first phase of the Hundred Years War, the kings of France and England tended to hire lots of mercenaries who were paid by campaign. When there was no fighting, the pay stopped. This caused serious societal difficulties because one of the last things you want is a lot of unemployed armed individuals. […]

Health and Fitness Articles

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Featured

Break the Cycle of Chronic Pain

Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. So, if your life or the life of someone you love has been hijacked by pain, triggered by arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, disc problems, fibromyalgia, headaches, sciatica, or other causes. You’ll love these tips to successfully manage chronic pain. […]

Robert Greenberg’s Music History Monday

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Music History Monday

Music History Monday: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major

No one likes to be criticized. And no major composer ever received more damning criticism than did Peter Tchaikovsky. Given his incredibly sensitive nature, and the fact that he was, as a homosexual in Tsarist Russia, leading virtually a double life, well, you’ve got a prescription for a most challenging emotional life. […]

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: J.S. Bach, Jailbird

And then, in early November of 1717, Bach lost his temper. And while we’re not exactly sure who he mouthed off to—it might have been the Prince himself or it might have been one of his ministers—whomever it was, Bach’s tantrum must have been a doozy, because on November 6, 1717 he was summarily tossed into jail. […]

Science Articles

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Big Mysteries: Extra Dimensions

Extra dimensions, which may well be an incorrect hypothesis, are one possible explanation for why gravity is so much weaker than the other forces.  In this video, Great Courses professor Dr. Don Lincoln explains it all with the help of a talking rabbit. […]

Why Are Our Dreams So Weird?

Why Are Our Dreams So Weird? Studies show that there is continuity between people’s dreams and their waking lives. But is the answer so simple? […]