Get Fired Up With the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade
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When you think about radical acts, what comes to mind? Protests? Sit-ins? Strikes? What about biking? For the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade, a group of young women of color in East Los Angeles, you better believe it. The Ovarian Psycos, or the Ovas for short, came together to take back the streets of their neighborhood from

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Why the Brontë Sisters Still Make Top Novel Lists
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Since it was published in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s groundbreaking novel “Jane Eyre” has never been out of print. It consistently shows up on top 10 lists of favorite novels alongside another Brontë novel, “Wuthering Heights,” according to Brontë biographer Juliet Barker. When it was written, Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” “left contemporary audiences perplexed and disgusted. It didn’t

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Security or Freedom? Why Laws Change During Wartime
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“Inter arma enim silent leges.” This quote from the Greek statesman Cicero roughly translates to “in times of war, the law falls silent.” It’s a handy phrase for thinking about the tension between security and freedom during times of war. PBS’s three-part series “Dead Reckoning” explores the development of international wartime law, specifically “crimes against humanity.” Societies throughout

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The Importance of Sweaters and Sneakers in ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’
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It’s a scene you’ve watched a thousand times. Mr. Rogers steps through his front door with a smile and a song, shrugs off his work jacket and puts it on its hanger in a closet. From a hanger to the left he pulls down a cardigan, puts it on and zips it up over his shirt

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What We Can All Learn from ‘The Bad Kids’
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Who are “The Bad Kids”? Well, they aren’t really bad kids at all, but, to mainstream society, they certainly appear that way. They’re tardy to class and turn in assignments late—if at all. They talk back to teachers or sleep through lessons and sometimes they stop coming to class altogether. Often their absence goes unnoticed or

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Why Did the South Wear Gray? The Story of Civil War Clothing in ‘Mercy Street’
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Looking at fashion of the past can tell us a lot about not only what people wore, but what their lives were like. Changes in style serve as documentation for greater cultural shifts. Clues to how people lived hundreds of years ago can be hidden in clothing pieces, invisible to the untrained eye.  Thankfully, we have

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How the Ultra-Realistic Robot Creatures in ‘Spy in the Wild’ Were Created
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They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They’re robots and cost thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to make. I’m talking about the furry and scaly army of more than 30 “spy creatures”—life-like robot animals equipped with hidden cameras embedded in their eyes—created for the PBS and BBC program “Spy in the Wild” to infiltrate herds of

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There’s More to Air Travel than Meets the Eye
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Consider this air travel scenario. You used your phone to check in yesterday. You even upgraded your seat and your boarding pass is on your phone because it’s 2017 and who prints tickets these days anyway? You still showed up hours before your flight, making it through security like a boss and now, you’re sitting at your gate,

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Celebrate Black History Month by, Well, Learning History
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How can we understand the racial tensions and disparities we see today? By knowing the history of the people who fought—and in some cases died—for racial equality before us. Celebrate Black History Month by streaming these PBS documentaries about incredible people and movements in our country’s history. 1. “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise”

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More Than a Costume Drama: Race and Gender Define ‘Mercy Street’
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Starting a new television series mid-run is never an easy task, but it’s doubly difficult with historical dramas. Not only do you need to get caught up on the plot and the characters, you’ve also missed the historical context that first seasons tend to establish. That’s why Rewire called in a real live history teacher

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