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A brief history of presidential lethargy

A television set turned on in the West Wing of the White House. AP Photo/Susan Walsh No one doubts the job of president of the United States is stressful and demanding. The chief executive deserves…

How white became the color of suffrage

Female members of Congress wore white in a nod to suffragists during the State of the Union. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster During President Donald Trump’s Feb. 5 State of the Union address, scores of Democratic congresswomen…

This trait could be key to a lasting romance

‘I’m not perfect – and I know you aren’t, either.’ Pixabay Passion and commitment are widely believed to be the foundation of strong romantic relationships. But a relationship is made of two unique individuals, and…

Ivanka and her tower of crumbs

Artist Jennifer Rubell hired a model to vacuum for two hours each night from Feb. 1 to Feb. 17. Ryan Maxwell Photography For two hours each evening, an Ivanka Trump lookalike has been vacuuming a…

Florence Knoll Bassett’s mid-century design diplomacy

Architect and designer Florence Knoll Bassett poses with her dog, Cartree, in this photograph circa 1950. Courtesy Knoll Archive The look, feel and functionality of the modern American office can be traced back to the…

Did academia kill jazz?

At some point, jazz went from the music of youthful rebellion to that of the cultured elite. Freedom Master/shutterstock Jazz seems to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance among movie directors – look no…

The real problem with posting about your kids online

‘Say cheese so I can show all my friends how cute you are – and unwittingly show corporations your age, race and gender!’ Fancy Studio/Shutterstock.com In a recent essay published in The Washington Post, a…

Belichick versus McVay: An age-old question of leadership

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, left, shakes hands with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. AP Photo/David J. Phillip Super Bowl LIII will pit the Los Angeles Rams against the New England…

Super Bowl LIII and the soul of Atlanta

During Super Bowl LIII, will Atlanta’s long struggle for racial equality be highlighted or glossed over? Peter Ciro/flickr, CC BY-NC As a historian who studies W.E.B. Du Bois – and as someone who once lived…