In May 2015, Nicole Starosielski wrote about the underwater network of fiber-optic cables that supports the internet.
In September 2012, Alexis C. Madrigal told the story of the forgotten opposition to the Apollo program.
The year you were born, Sara Davidson wrote about the Rolling Stones' Grand Tour of Europe, shortly after the Beatles broke up.
Revenge of the Nerds was released in 1984.
In March 2005, Jonathan Rauch wrote that Rushdie's The Satanic Verses began the War on Terror.
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“It was thought that all borders between men had similarly disintegrated, and we were all destined to be free and empowered individuals in a global meeting place,” wrote Robert Kaplan 20 years later.
In March 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the next stage in Amazon's commercial revolution.
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In February 2015, Sophie Gilbert wrote about the optimism and open-heartedness of Parks and Recreation's fictional Pawnee, Indiana.
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People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.
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