In July 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the history and obsolescence of VCRs.
In April 1988, Charles E. Bennett wrote about the rush by the Reagan administration to bypass normal review for the Strategic Defense Initiative.
The year you were born, Sanford J. Ungar wrote about the Pentagon Papers trial, calling it "a decisive test of the federal government's capacity to control the disclosure of information stamped 'secret'".
The Breakfast Club was released in 1985.
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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 October 2013, Mikhail Sokolov and Anastasia Kirilenko wrote about how protests against Boris Yeltsin nearly led to war in Russia.
In March 2016, Ian Bogost wrote about the next stage in Amazon's commercial revolution.
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In April 2014, Esther Zuckerman wrote about Diaz's film roles.
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People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow it.
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