In August 2016, Maria Konnikova wrote about what grown-ups can learn from kids' books like Winnie-the-Pooh.
The year you were born, Alfred E. Smith responded to perceived conflicts between his religion and his political allegiance, as he campaigned to become the nation's first Catholic president.
In May 2011, Nicholas Jackson wrote about the original Mount Rushmore.
In December 1946, Karl T. Compton defended the use of the atomic bomb in Japan.
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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In the January/February 2006 issue, Paul Elie wrote about what Joseph Ratzinger stepping into the shoes of John Paul II meant for the Catholic Church.
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