The Pentagon in Washington D.C.
American History

The Pentagon Building’s 9/11 Memorials

March 23, 2019

The Pentagon is one of the most iconic buildings in the Washington, D.C. area. On September 11, 2001, this grand military complex—the headquarters of the Department of Defense—was the site of a devastating terrorist attack. How did the Pentagon memorialize this traumatic national event? […]

Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC
American History

Who Built the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.?

March 20, 2019

Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a landmark feature of the nation’s capital and a must-see spot for visitors from around the world wishing to honor the fallen soldiers from a contentious 20th-century war. But the story of how this iconic Washington, D.C. memorial came to be is a tale of trauma, solidarity—and controversy. […]

Gavel on USA Flag
American History

What Happens Inside the U.S. Supreme Court?

March 20, 2019

For those of us outside the legal profession, the judicial branch may be the most opaque branch of the U.S. government—and the least understood. But it is by no means the least important. Here’s why it’s worth your time to come see the Supreme Court in action. […]

photograph of the Paris Opera

Music History Monday: Francis Poulenc: a votre santé!

January 7, 2019

His engaging thematic surfaces, relatively angst-free expressive content, his humor and often-cheeky Gallic insouciance, and his adherence to tonal centricity together create a body of music that I actually enjoy listening to, for the sheer pleasure it provides. […]

Photograph of composer Arnold Shoenberg, composer of Pierrot Lunaire
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Pierrot Lunaire

October 16, 2017

In terms of its impact on the concert music of the twentieth century, Pierrot Lunaire stands second only to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, which Stravinsky completed six months after Schoenberg finished Pierrot. 1912 was, truly, an “annus mirabilis” – a “miraculous year” – for Western concert music. […]

close-up image of vitamin d soft gel capsules
Health & Fitness

Can Vitamin D Supplements Help Prevent Colds?

October 3, 2017

We know that vitamin D, separate from its role in calcium metabolism, has an important part to play in our immune response to infections. It supports the production of built-in antiviral and antibacterial peptides, and helps immune cells make germ-destroying oxygen and nitrogen compounds. Population studies that have shown an increased susceptibility to colds among people who are immune deficient. […]

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