Why Did the South Wear Gray? The Story of Civil War Clothing in ‘Mercy Street’
'Mercy Street' Clothing

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
Robot Creatures

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
city in the sky

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’
costume drama

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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Why You Need to Care About Alzheimer’s Disease Right Now
Alzheimer's Disease

“Gosh, It’s scary. It’s so scary. I’ve thought about going in and getting tested to see if I have the gene and what that might mean, but there’s nothing I can actually do to prevent it from coming on.” Breanna Olson is the daughter of an Alzheimer’s disease patient. She was only 25 years old when

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What We Can Learn from Each of King Henry VIII’s 6 Wives
six wives

A lot of us have been hearing stories about King Henry VIII since we were little. We’re taught that he led an extravagant lifestyle, that he was a fairly ruthless leader and that during his reign as king of England from 1509 until his death many historically significant religious, economic and political changes occurred. But probably his most

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Starting a New Semester? Study Smarter This Time Around
study smarter

You just finished your fall semester and you told yourself you weren’t going to procrastinate with your coursework again this spring. Then again, you tell yourself the same thing every semester. You also tell yourself you’re going to use fabric softener and cut off that “on again, off again” thing with the guy from your

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The History of Our ‘Divided States’ Leads Us to the Inauguration
divided states

As the nation prepares for the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, looking back on our country’s recent past is vital to understanding how we got to this moment in history. The new four-hour series from “Frontline,” “Divided States of America” addresses that. This in-depth production by veteran PBS filmmaker Michael Kirk begins on Jan. 17 by taking viewers back to the

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Queens, Authors, Activists: These 5 Women Changed the Course of History
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In the news and popular culture, women are taking the spotlight, and the world is taking notice. PBS’s “Victoria,” premiering Jan. 15 on “Masterpiece,” will add to the growing stable of women-led TV series by telling the story of teen Queen Victoria, who ruled the United Kingdom from 1837 to her death in 1901. (Jenna

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