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“An ordinary and average man”: Why we must continually demythologize Martin Luther King Jr.

“An ordinary and average man”: Why we must continually demythologize Martin Luther King Jr.

David J. Garrow's magisterial 1986 history reminds us that the civil rights movement made King, rather than the other way around.
“Two Towns of Jasper” and how to pierce W.E.B. DuBois’ “veil” between the races

“Two Towns of Jasper” and how to pierce W.E.B. DuBois’ “veil” between the races

A classic 2003 documentary shows a community still reeling from a brutal hate crime, and offers an up-close and personal look at racial divides.
"Longford" starring Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton, from "The Crown" creator Peter Morgan (2007) - HBO

"The Crown" creator wrote a forgotten gem about a murder scandal

Ten years ago “Longford” took home more Golden Globes than any other TV program, including “Mad Men” — and was promptly forgotten.
"Casting JonBenet" on Netflix - several girls trying out for JonBenet on the set - History Is Power

"Casting JonBenet" is a film for the year of "alternative facts"

A 21-year-old murder case is used to explore how people attach themselves to stories they passionately believe to be true, even when they are demonstrably false.

David Letterman in image from book "Letterman: Last King of Late Night"

David Letterman in the 1980s was as good as it gets

An exclusive to HIP, videos to accompany your reading of Jason Zinoman's stellar history of a generational comedy show.
Late-night talk shows: propping up Male Power since 1954

Late-night talk shows: propping up Male Power since 1954

More than just entertainment, they shape hearts and minds — even elections. What does it mean that the most coveted jobs in TV are held by men?
"Wormwood" rewrites Cold War history as conspiracy — but is it?

"Wormwood" rewrites Cold War history as conspiracy — but is it?

The new historical miniseries from filmmaker Errol Morris rips the lid off a story that was kept from the public for decades.
Alt-right's roots are in the 1920s Ku Klux Klan

Alt-right's roots are in the 1920s Ku Klux Klan

Nearly 100 years ago, a movement rose up in middle America, fueled by white resentment. Its political legacy is with us today.
Military dogs have a long history of saving U.S. lives in war zones. Pictured here are Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Lacarra, and Coot, an IED detection dog, on patrol in Afghanistan in 2012.

Military dogs overcame a history of neglect, disrespect

Military working dogs have saved thousands of lives and kept our troops safe. Yet for years these veterans were disregarded, even discarded after wars. 

John Kelly addresses a gala in 2017, prior to being named White House chief of staff

What John Kelly could learn about the Civil War from another general

The president's chief of staff, a former Marine general, packed a lot of bad history into just one sound bite.
Fountains at the Kansas City Vietnam Memorial Fountain

The powerful message a Vietnam War memorial in Kansas City sends today

What a divided country can learn from a memorial built at another time of deep division.
A terrorism expert in 2005 predicted a massive attack on Las Vegas. But he got the killer's race wrong.

A terrorism expert in 2005 predicted a massive attack on Las Vegas. But he got the killer's race wrong.

The city has long been seen as a soft target. But it was an angry white American, not a brown-skinned foreigner, that committed unspeakable mayhem there.
Learning history: Why a "Nazis vs. Jews" beer pong game is even worse than you think

Learning history: Why a "Nazis vs. Jews" beer pong game is even worse than you think

A teenage drinking game spurs outrage, but with schools de-emphasizing history, why are we surprised?