MODERN HISTORY

True Stories

Meet the Electric Guitarist Who Gave Benny Goodman a Jolt

Guitarist Charlie Christian was warming up with fellow musicians, waiting for bandleader Benny Goodman, and a smooth jazz classic was born.
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The World Needs to Come Together. Here's What It Did in 1963.

The 1963 Skopje earthquake killed hundreds and destroyed Macedonia’s capital, but it came with an unusual silver lining.
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The Civil Rights Pioneer Who History Forgot

Rev Dr Pauli Murray was a woman ahead of her time … sometimes too far ahead.
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The Baseball Superstar Who Was on the Front Lines at D-Day

Hall of Famer Yogi Berra was known for his wit and charm, but he was also among the first Americans to confront the Germans at D-Day.
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The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.
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How Mohamed Morsi Lost His Grip on Power

Long before his dramatic death in court this week, the Egyptian leader made a critical mistake.
Around the World

This Glass Room With a View Is the Star of a New Film

Spend 90 minutes in the chrome-and-concrete Czech modernist masterpiece, Villa Tugendhat.
True Stories

The Scotsman Who Imported 'Imperial Trout' to Kashmir

Francis James Mitchell was part of an “acclimatization” movement that sent exotic species to distant lands.
True Stories

When the Government Said Marijuana Made You Crazy

As marijuana laws get less restrictive, it’s instructive to go back to the days when weed was considered pure evil.
True Stories

When the Austrian Army Saved the Winter Olympics

No snow? Nothing the Austrian armed forces couldn’t handle at the 1964 Innsbruck Games.
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Can You Name the Muslim World’s First Secular Democracy?

Hint: It wasn’t Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Turkey.
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The Weekender

OZY Tribe members near and far provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
True Stories

When Women Booted Men From the Cheerleading Squad

This season, two male cheerleaders will join the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams rah-rah squad — an innovation that actually returns the sport to its roots.
True Stories

The Time Fidel Castro Hired Joe Louis as a PR Flack

When boxing champ Joe Louis and his PR firm signed a contract to promote tourism to Castro’s Cuba, America’s first Black sports hero was KO’d by the backlash.

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