Fighting Germs With Advertising

December 2, 2020

In the early 20th century, when advertisers weren’t selling Americans radioactive beauty products, they signed up for the war against germs. A National Geographic video.

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The Cyrus Cylinder

December 1, 2020

After Cyrus the Great of Persia conquered Babylon in 539 BCE, he needed to keep the peace and rule over vast distances and peoples of different cultures, languages and faiths. Neil MacGregor explains how a clay cylinder helped achieve that.

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Mississippi’s Love for the Confederacy Flags

November 30, 2020

On November 3rd, Mississippi voters approved a new state flag, one that doesn’t feature the Confederate battle flag. The new banner features the state flower, the magnolia blossom. A Vox video by Coleman Lowndes.

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Rainy Night in Georgia

November 29, 2020

“Rainy Night in Georgia,” written by Tony Joe White, recorded by Ray Charles, 1972. The song was a hit for Brook Benton in 1970.

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Have You Ever Seen the Rain

November 29, 2020

“Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” written by John Fogerty, recorded by Honey Boy Martin, 1972.

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Raining in My Heart

November 29, 2020

“Raining in My Heart,” written by J.D. Miller and Slim Harpo (James Moore), recorded by Slim Harpo, 1961.

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Rain

November 29, 2020

“Rain,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, recorded by Immaculate Fools, 1994. Andy Sharp on didgeridoo.

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It’s Gonna Rain

November 29, 2020

“It’s Gonna Rain,” written by Charles Johnson and recorded by the Sensational Nightingales. The song is also know as “Fire Next Time.”

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Come Rain or Come Shine

November 28, 2020

“Come Rain or Come Shine,” written by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, recorded by Sarah Vaughan, 1950. Accompanied by George Treadwell and His All Stars, including Jimmy Jones (piano), and Budd Johnson (tenor sax).

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I Can’t Let Go

November 28, 2020

“I Can’t Let Go,” written by Al Gorgoni and Chip Taylor, recorded by Linda Ronstadt, 1980. Recorded by The Hollies in 1966.

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