Bad History Matters

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

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...

Symbolic Cuts

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

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....

Honoring Borglum

You can be forgiven if you didn’t know that Idaho has a Hall of Fame. Apparently the group only gets real attention when they decide, as...

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...