Bad History Matters

David Maraniss, an Associate Editor of The Washington Post, is just out with a completely sourced, deeply researched reporting job called...

Tucson

A year ago this weekend Tucson, Arizona was at the center of the world. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a vibrant up-and-coming moderate...

Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin has covered the civil rights movement, produced some of the best long form journalism in recent times for The New Yorker,...

A Little History

Edward R. Murrow famously said of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy that he had not created the fear of Communism that swept the nation...

Survey Says

I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel a fair amount – Europe several times, South America, Canada – and after every trip...

Healing

On This city in the Sonoran Desert has been our adopted “second city” now for more than ten years. We have come to love the place,...

Symbolic Cuts

Noted documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has waded into the fray over eliminating federal funding for the Corporation for Public...

Dumping Dupnik

It was probably inevitable given our overheated politics. The Pima County, Arizona sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, has become the target – I...

Mourner-in-Chief

My favorite presidential historian, Robert Dallek, as well as anyone has, caught the essence of last night’s remarkable speech in Tucson...

The Giffords Story

“Anger, hatred, bigotry” – the headline in the Sydney, Australia Morning Herald. “A disturbing story about American political culture” –...

Tragedy in Tucson

Get to the bottom indeed. We all tend to measure the impact of big events by the closeness of personal connection. For me, this one is...

The Importance of Being Borah

I’ll be speaking on Wednesday night at the Main Boise Library on the life and career of Idaho’s longest serving U.S. Senator, William E....

Civilization Requires Civility

Jim Leach is on a mission. The former Republican Congressman from Iowa, now chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),...

Why History Matters

For much of the 1950’s and 1960’s, this photo – Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin together at Yalta in February 1945 – served as the iconic...