Opinion

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The meaning of Blair Mountain

Blair Mountain was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, but coal operators pressed to have it removed in 2010.

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Money and values on the 4th of July

The Midwest is awash in flags and bumper stickers boasting support for the troops and the good ol' red, white and blue. But, lately we have seen more and more "Come home!" messages.

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Song and struggle: "Preacher and Slave"

Joe Hill was a talented singer and songwriter. He's remembered as a renowned troubadour of labor, and toured the country helping to organize workers.

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Palin, Paul Revere and the rewards of ignorance

Sarah Palin and her friends on the Republican right seem to have never heard of either validity or reliability.

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Werner Herzog goes deep in 3-D "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

An exclusive visit to see the paintings deep inside the Chauvet caves of southern France, arranged by permission of the French government. Very few people will ever see these paintings with their own eyes.

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Coffee with John

What a privilege it was to sip coffee with John Gilman.

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Sugar's bittersweet history

The history of sugar  is a fascinating, complicated and ongoing journey that takes us through the brutal depths of slavery to the heights of resistance and abolition, to the ingenuity of invention from Hershey's milk chocolate to Brazil's biofuels.

Tony Kushner CUNY degree struggle: Symptom of nationwide problem

Tonight the executive board of the trustees of the City University of New York will reportedly meet and reverse a decision to table and potentially deny playwright Tony Kushner an honorary doctorate from John Jay College.

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Cinco de Mayo, USA-style

In the coming week millions of Mexican Americans, mexicanos, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, white Americans — Americans of all kinds — will take part in Cinco de Mayo events across the United States.

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Two takes on 'royal' weddings

"Down for the count: America's fascination with royalty" and  "18 couples wed quietly, Non-royal lovers united in simple rights."

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