In November 2016, Andrew Simmons wrote about the experience of teaching Nineteen Eighty-Four in his high school classes after Donald Trump's election.
In July 1995, Thomas Powers considered the morality of Truman's decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The year you were born, Robert Moses, the controversial and influential city planner who shaped the development of New York City, wrote about how greedy speculators and weak regulations compromised the quality of new suburban homes.
In September 2014, Sarah Laskow wrote about scientists' attempt to create an artificial human heart.
Over the years, the moon landing has come to be lauded as the pinnacle of human achievement, although it was often derided at the time. In 1963, NASA astronauts took to The Atlantic to plead the case for landing on the moon.
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In October 2012, Chris Williams interviewed producer Robert Margouleff about the making of Wonder's Talking Book album.
In July 2015, James Parker wrote about the insidious messages tweens pick up from the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.
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With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.
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