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The Legacy of Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson

This African-American explorer was the first man to stand on top of the world.<p><b>“The lure of the arctic is tugging at my heart. To me the trail is calling! The old trail, the trail that is always new.” ~Matthew Henson</b><p><i>In honor of Black History Month this story was excerpted from the forthcoming work</i> …

Views From AFAR: How to Make the Most of Mardi Gras in New Orleans

February is winding down, and it's nearly time for New Orleans to revive its most famous annual tradition. The legacy of Mardi Gras stretches back to 1857, and since then, some 1,800 parades have brought the party outdoors onto the streets of the Big Easy, attracting roughly one million visitors to …

Our Nation's Raging Conversation About Marijuana

Our nation has been mired in a war against marijuana that has proven to be as wrong-minded and counterproductive as the prohibition against alcohol back in the 1930s. Recognizing the social and economic toll this war on pot was causing our country (not to mention the civil liberties concerns), I …

George Washington Knew How to Party Hard. Here's His Bar Tab.

(Painting: Victory Ball by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris via Fraunces Tavern)<p>In <i>The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition</i>, historian W. J. Rorabaugh …