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Amanda Gorman Selected as President-Elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Poet

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National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads her work, “An American Lyric,” at the inaugural reading of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, September 13, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller. Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris announced that former National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman will......

How 19th-Century Activists Ditched Corsets for One-Piece Long Underwear

Smithsonian
In the 1870s, many female tourists to Manhattan sought out the city’s most curious boutiques—underwear stores that sold what was called “ladies’ hygienic underdress.” “Through sheer weariness they may have omitted Central Park, passed by Stewart’s, and forgotten Tiffany, but the ‘chemiloon’ is a thing to be remembered even when......

Starting Conversations that Support Children Before Traumatic Events Happen

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Smithsonian Voices Smithsonian Education Starting Conversations that Support Children Before Traumatic Events Happen January 16th, 2021, 1:30PM / BY Ariel Gory When abstract concepts, such as fairness, race and differences, are explored with picture books, spoken about during play or introduced in activities like art-making, they are accessible to children......

When Radio Stations Stopped a Public Figure From Spreading Dangerous Lies

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In speeches filled with hatred and falsehoods, a public figure attacks his enemies and calls for marches on Washington. Then, after one particularly virulent address, private media companies close down his channels of communication, prompting consternation from his supporters and calls for a code of conduct to filter out violent......

Talking to Children After a Traumatic Event

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Smithsonian Voices Smithsonian Education Talking to Children After a Traumatic Event January 16th, 2021, 1:30PM / BY Ariel Gory & Tiffany McGettigan Learning about a major news event as it transpires can be stressful for families to navigate and process together. (Getty Images) This is part one of a series......

Kamala Harris makes history. Her swearing-in as vice president shows ‘strength of our democracy.’

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here USA TODAY At noon, on Jan. 20, America will usher in a new administration.  Despite attempts by pro-Trump rioters (and the president himself) to overturn the electoral process, American democracy has prevailed. The swearing-in of the president-elect and vice......

Colorado Upends No. 1 Stanford, Makes Program History

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press Stanford escaped two close calls against Colorado last year. The Cardinal couldn’t avoid a loss to the Buffaloes a third time. Frida Formann hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:36 left in overtime to lead Colorado to a 77-72......

Reflecting on the history and significance of presidential inaugurations

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here For the first time in 152 years, the incoming and departing presidents won’t be together during an inauguration. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett reflects on the crucial role presidential inaugurations have in the stability of our nation.......

A New Film Details the FBI’s Relentless Pursuit of Dr. Martin Luther King

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As the nation erupted this past year in multiple protests against systemic racism in America, the crowds often gave voice to the long-esteemed protest strategy of peace and nonviolence. The mid-century civil rights movement’s sit-ins and marches were the protest paradigm to be emulated. The movement’s events, its leadership and......

The True History Behind ‘One Night in Miami’

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Jan. 15, 2021, 1:17 p.m. When 22-year-old Cassius Clay unexpectedly defeated Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964, football star Jim Brown, a close friend of the young athlete, expected to mark the occasion with a night of revelry. After all, in beating Liston, Clay was now the heavyweight......

Why Kamala Harris’ Pearls Have a Special Significance

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On August 19, 2020, Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination. When the suit-clad former prosecutor stepped up to the podium to give her speech, she commended the women who fought for the right to vote and the women in her family who nurtured her. “My mother instilled in......

The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Thankfully, it is Friday. We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver......

BookBites: Meet Characters and Journeys You Won’t Soon Forget

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(NewsUSA)“Grounds for Murder”by Tara LushWhen Lana Lewis’ best — and most difficult — employee abruptly quits and joins the competition days before the Sunshine State Barista Championship, her café’s chances of winning are creamed. Lana’s normally calm demeanor heats to a boil when she runs into the arrogant java slinger.......

From a Small Rural Schoolhouse, One Teacher Challenged Nativist Attacks Against Immigration

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Just over a century ago, on May 25, 1920, Robert Meyer sat in a one-room church schoolhouse near Hampton, Nebraska, teaching 10-year-olds how to speak German by speaking the language himself. As Meyer lectured, he noticed a shadow pass by the sunlight doorway. It was the county attorney, who was......

The Life and Death of a Yiddish Puppet Theater

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Smithsonian Voices Smithsonian Center For Folklife & Cultural Heritage The Life and Death of a Yiddish Puppet Theater January 12th, 2021, 12:00PM / BY Eddy Portnoy Three of Yosl Cutler’s surviving puppets: two Jewish characters and one Russian. These were constructed circa 1933. (Photo courtesy of the Archives of the......

Tom Brady-Drew Brees ‘History’ meme evolves, gets Frank Caliendo treatment

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tom Brady meme team struck again this week. Thanks to a suggestion from Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, it’s getting the narration treatment it deserves. It started out as a tweet from former MLB third baseman Danny Valencia on Monday, where he said, “Every......

Who Was Charles Curtis, the First Vice President of Color?

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Next week, when she takes the oath of office, Senator Kamala Harris will make history as the first woman, first African American, and first person of South Asian heritage to become vice president of the United States. But she won’t be the first person of color in the office. That......

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