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42 Historical Objects, No. 41: A chunk of the Berlin Wall.

This unusually chipper piece of concrete once stood in the center of Berlin. Molded in a hurry in August 1961, the Berlin Wall is probably the single most enduring symbol … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Strangelove on line 2: the history of the “Red Telephone.”

Fifty-one years ago today, on June 20, 1963, a document was signed at the Eighteen Nation Committee on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland, by representatives of the U.S. and the Soviet … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth Panorama: 1950s Communist-era kitchen, former East Germany.

In the American history class I’ve been teaching this term we were recently talking about the importance of the kitchen and its fittings as a symbol of Cold War-era consumerist … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Endearingly cheesy: in defense of “The Greatest Show On Earth.”

The Greatest Show On Earth is an almost unbelievably cheesy cornball movie, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, released in 1952. That year it won a very dubious Oscar for Best … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chapter 42 of “The Armored Satchel”: the fiery (almost) finale!

It’s almost over! Yesterday, Chapter 42 of my World War II spy thriller The Armored Satchel went up on JukePop Serials. It’s a finale, of sorts–this chapter resolves almost all of … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Chapter 41 of “The Armored Satchel”: The endgame approaches. Revelations galore!

Earlier today Chapter 41 of my World War II espionage thriller The Armored Satchel went live on JukePop Serials (which has a new URL, by the way). After 41 chapters, the … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

We interrupt this program: the terrifying EBS false alarm of 1971.

If you grew up in the 60s, 70s or 80s in the United States, you’re probably very familiar with these words: “This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chapter 40 of “The Armored Satchel”: Max’s agonizing choice.

Chapter 40 of The Armored Satchel, my World War II spy thriller, went up this afternoon on JukePop Serials! As I said last week, we’re rapidly heading toward the close of the story. … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chapter 39 of “The Armored Satchel”: Max’s final mission…love or country?

After a three week hiatus, The Armored Satchel, my World War II spy thriller on JukePop Serials, returns! Chapter 39 went up yesterday. This is one of the most emotional chapters yet, … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The price of the Moon: the tragic Apollo 1 fire.

For 17 terrifying seconds on the evening of January 27, 1967, forty-seven years ago today, a flash fire blasted through the sealed cockpit of the Apollo 1 spacecraft as it … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 2 Comments
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