Remarkable, But Shouldn’t Be…

You might say football is in a way a metaphor for American culture. We love the ritual and root for our favorites, while quietly...

What’s In a Name

While the nation dangles one foot over the fiscal cliff and while most of the federal government remains shut down, the epicenter of...

The Iron Lady

The Argentine invasion of the sparely populated, wind-blown and British controlled islands came at a low point of then-Prime Minister...

Guest Post

My Call from No. 15 A guest post today from my Gallatin colleague Randy Simon. At this point in my life I like and appreciate my morning...

Jerry Kramer

Forty-three years ago this past Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers issued a terse statement that began with these words: “Guard and author...

Weekend Reads

There is a fascinating piece planned for publication Sunday, and already online, in The New York Times on legendary Lyndon Johnson...

Penn State

There is an old story about the very last in a long, long list of speakers at one of those interminable political dinners that go on and...

It’s the Money

Taylor Branch is a serious historian, a man who has made his considerable reputation as perhaps the most important historian of the civil...

Accountability

On Wall Street and the NCAA The nation’s political chattering classes have had plenty to chatter about over the last couple of weeks –...

Spud Bowl

Bring on the Sour Cream Let’s get this out of the way right off the top: there is no better potato in the world than the Idaho potato....

BSU and the BCS

Boise State University’s aspiring football team is finding that the old truism holds regarding its national standing, as well. Boise...

Evita Lives!

I’m betting most Argentines don’t think much of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1978 musical Evita. As one young Argentine woman – well-read,...

Argentina

In his marvelous book, In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin speculates whether some folks are born with a gene that causes them to wander the...

Uruguay and Argentina

A very big day today in Montevideo, Uruguay and you probably won’t read much about it in the U.S. A new president, a left of center...

The Graf Spee

The first significant naval battle of World War II took place not in the North Atlantic or the Mediterranean, but in the Rio de la Plata...

Iguazu Falls

In the far northeastern corner of Argentina, where the border bumps up against Paraguay and Brazil, is one of the most spectacular sights...

An Argentine Icon

Only the most die hard American sports fan is likely to recognize the name Luis Angel Firpo. In Argentina he is a national icon thanks,...

The Malvinas

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is not really a movie star, she just plays one in the bizarre world of Argentine politics. As the first...

Eye to Eye

It is impossible, I think, to kneel down to eye level with a penguin and not be impressed – awed even – with power of ol’ Mother Nature...

The End of the World

I have always thought some of the world’s great scenery was in the American West. The northern Rockies in Glacier National Park in...