One of the most spectacular finds in Israel’s Cave of Letters, as reported in Nova’s “Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land,” was a packet of personal documents that belonged to a young Jewish woman named Babatha. Probably born around A.D. … Continue reading

From the time of the earliest European colonists, the English language — as spoken in North America — has been constantly growing and changing. The New England colonists of the 1620s used many words and phrases largely forgotten or unfamiliar … Continue reading

We know that Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore during the early part of the 1830s. But what kind of a place was Baltimore then? Produced by MPT/Knowing Poe.

This 2,400-year-old corpse is the world’s most famous bog body. Learn how scientists reconstructed his final hours. Produced by WGBH/Nova.

This website highlights American songs and songwriters whose words and music served as catalysts for thought, action and even social change. The site features the lyrics, audio clips and related historical background information for the featured protest songs. Produced by … Continue reading

Explore the history of the theory of evolution and the resistance to it. Produced by WGBH/Evolution.

In May of 1943, nineteen allied Lancaster bombers swooped down on Germany, each armed with a cylindrical bomb designed to bounce across the water and off the wall of an enemy dam.  A special modification spun each bomb backwards before … Continue reading

An interactive exploration of ancient Egyptians’ system of writing. Produced by PBS/Egypt’s Golden Empire.

A quiz testing your knowledge of famous American quotations. Produced by WNET/Freedom: A History of US.

Why recreate the deadly 1918 flu virus? In this interactive poll, explore arguments for and against then vote online. Produced by WGBH/Nova.

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