In April 2014, Charles Moss wrote about how Captain America became a McCarthy-esque warrior against Communism in the 1950s.
In the May 2010 issue, Jon Zobenica examined books that changed how to look at the history of World War II's Pacific Theatre.
The year you were born, Bernard Iddings Bell wrote about how the Christian church must adapt to maintain a foothold in mainstream culture.
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In October 2010, Stephen Cooke wrote about the band Duck Sauce's song "Barbra Streisand."
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 March 2015, Irvin Weathersby Jr. wrote about what hip-hop can teach Americans.
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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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