In August 2012, Ashley Fetters traced the history of cable television's longest-running programming event.
In March 2005, Jonathan Rauch wrote that Rushdie's The Satanic Verses began the War on Terror.
The year you were born, Steven Zak wrote about the ethical conflict between animal researchers and animal-rights advocates.
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The conflicts and displacements touched off around the world by the attacks have been reverberating for the majority of your life. “This ‘war’ [on terrorism] will never be over,” wrote James Fallows, a few years after the towers fell.
Crossroads was released in 2002.
In January 2013, Rebecca Greenfield wrote that the future of the iTunes Store lies not in music, but in apps.
In June 2015, Kathy Gilsinan wrote about what the European Union is.
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When 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, he ignited a tinderbox of protests that continue to roil the Middle East, and kindled the beginnings of democracy in Tunisia.
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In July 2016, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about the feud between Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian.
In December 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.
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