What Christmas Is As We Grow Older

Writing in his twopenny weekly, Household Words, in 1851, CHARLES DICKENS penned one of his most thoughtful Yuletide pieces, 'What Christmas Is As We Grow Older,' comprising thoughts arising against a backdrop of great personal...

An Atmosphere Around the Moon?

Water on the Moon? New research suggests billions of years ago the Moon had an atmosphere composed primarily of carbon monoxide, sulfur and water, much like that of Mars today. And where there is water...


The Murky Origins & Everlasting Life of ‘Jingle Bells’

In 1850 JAMES LORD PIERPONT, inspired by one-horse open-sleigh races in his home town, wrote a Thanksgiving ditty for his father's Sunday School class. Thus the humble origin of 'Jingle Bells.'

Sustainable Agriculture News & Notes

Organic seeds with your coffee? The ancient Pongamia Tree as a biofuel feed solution? A New Britain, CT, farm seeks to improve a neightborhood with sustainable urban agriculture? Read about it here.


Caruso on The Art of Singing

ENRICO CARUSO holds forth on the ART OF SINGING in an excerpt from a 1909 collection of h is public utterances on his art. The wealth of embedded videos include the 1918 silent film MY COUSIN, featuring the great singer in a du...

The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958)

ROBERT EVANS bid farewell to his acting career in THE FIEND WHO WALKED THE WEST in grand, over-the-top style. Also featured: the surviving footage from GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY 1929.


Border Patrol

On AMERICANO Classical guitar giant PABLO VILLEGAS ranges from Venezuela to Mexico, from Paraguay to the Bayou, from Broadway to the rural South in celebrating the music of all the Americas.

Taj Weekes’s Anthems of Hope

2013 is off to a great start for St. Lucia's TAJ WEEKES, a singer-songwriter with a topical bent and a clear vision of his responsibility to help make the world a better place now and for future generations.


NASA Study Finds Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act

'Bad news for the planet': A NASA study has found that the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf is likely to be gone by decade's end.

‘Please Enjoy This Album. Or Don’t! Whatever.’

Does classical music drive loiterers out of public places? Studies say so, and violinist GIL SHAHAM is counting on his music to further the burgeoning trend on MUSIC TO DRIVE LOITERERS AWAY. He hopes everyone enjoys the album. ...


Sniffing Out Revelations About the Canine Sense of Smell

After reading ALEXANDRA HOROWITZ’s 'Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell,' it turns out that many of us may have severely underestimated just how much that nose knows. DUNCAN STRAUSS investigates.

My Own Field Trip

A field trip with her students to Hawaii's Hoa 'Aina O Makaha reminds TOUTKA WONGSE-ONT of some eternal truths about nature--strong, spontaneous feelings that nonliving things could not evoke.