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In January 2015, Alana Semuels detailed how extended-stay motels have become homes for the suburban poor.
The year you were born, William Z. Ripley wrote about why there should be more regulatory oversight of American industry, less than four years before the Great Depression set in.
In April 1923, Langdon Mitchell wrote about his experience as an American in Germany between the World Wars.
In February 2015, Donovan X. Ramsey wrote about how Obama's plan to rate universities would compromise funding for black colleges.
In September 1964, James Cameron wrote about Cuba under Castro's rule.
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.
In July 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the history and obsolescence of VCRs.
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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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