Gene Schafer

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Climate Change Is Ruining Farmers' Lives, But Only A Few Will Admit It

They're embracing new practices in hopes of influencing an industry stuck in the past.<p>When Christina Carter started growing vegetables 12 years ago, she looked forward to winters because they offered her the chance to recover from the strenuous growing and harvesting seasons.<p>That’s no longer the …

This amazing film shows what Iraq was like in the 1950s, before decades of conflict

"Ageless Iraq" is one of them, shot in the 1950s to introduce "a new country" to the world, "one that hasn't forgotten the glories of its history."<p>Since this movie was made, Iraq has been the site of repeated conflict and atrocities — chemical warfare, sectarian violence, a US-led invasion, and now …

Humanity's earliest known ancestor discovered - and it looks like a 'wrinkled old sack'

Tell the average person they are related to a 1mm creature which lived in the sea bed and resembled a “wrinkled old sack” and they would struggle to see the family resemblance.<p>A team of British scientists, however, has just announced that this is precisely the description of humanity’s earliest …

University of Cambridge

Episode 742: Making Bank

During the Middle Ages, Christian pilgrims en route to Jerusalem had a problem. They needed to pay for food, transport and accommodation during their journey across Europe, which could take months. They also didn't want to carry large amounts of precious coinage because they'd become a target for …

Knights Templar

It has ferried Britons, tortoises and cosmonauts into orbit, seeing off its more complex US rivals<p>The capsule claimed the life of the first astronaut to fly in it and was later involved in one of the worst accidents in spaceflight history. Yet Soyuz – which was first blasted into space 50 years ago …

Space Exploration

What You Need to Know First to Understand the Russian Revolution

“Now that the lush and prosperous years had come to Russia, the last thing she needed was war; they should have just said a Requiem Mass for that …

The Saloon, America’s Forgotten Democratic Institution

Frothy lager on tap. A communal “mustache towel” hanging by the bar. Partisan debate rattling the glassware. America’s saloons once served as boisterous “poor man’s clubs,” where 19th-century laborers could make their political voices heard. In the wake of the 2016 election, with both parties …

The story of the only man who signed the Declaration of Independence and recanted his signature

Many of the men who signed the Declaration continue to be revered today as heroes of liberty — but not everyone's reputation is so glorious.<p>Richard Stockton, a New Jersey lawyer, is known as the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence and later recant his signature.<p>Imprisoned by the …

The 9 weirdest jobs of America's Founding Fathers

This Fourth of July, we'll celebrate the anniversary of the United States of America's independence from Britain with fireworks, car deals, and grilled meats.<p>It's also a good time to think about American history— namely, the people who made the decision to break away from the Mother Country and …

George Washington

Hear Heart, James Hetfield Sing Jagged Duet 'Beautiful Broken'

James Hetfield makes a rare guest appearance on the title track of Heart's upcoming album, <i>Beautiful Broken</i>, premiering here. The short, hard-rocking …

The Heavy Water War and the WWII Hero You Don't Know

Leif Tronstad was a standout scientist. World War II made him a freedom fighter, spymaster, and above all, a patriot who helped prevent Hitler from getting an atomic bomb.<p>They were going to sabotage the Nazi atomic bomb. But only Capt. Leif Tronstad, Sr. knew it.<p>A week before Christmas, 1942, …

Water

You (and Almost Everyone You Know) Owe Your Life to This Man.

Temperament matters. Especially when nuclear weapons are involved.<p>Temperament matters.<p>Especially when nuclear weapons are involved and you don’t—you can’t—know what the enemy is up to, and you’re scared. Then it helps (it helps a lot) to be calm.<p>The world owes an enormous debt to a quiet, steady …

Key West

What will happen when those little leaguers grow up?

All week the young ballplayers of Jackie Robinson West kept us good company through the bad news.<p>Through the murder of 9-year-old Antonio Smith in a Chicago neighborhood not far from the ones where the ballplayers live.<p>Through the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists.<p>Through …