Carlton Fisk: How the 1972 Strike Cost the Red Sox the Pennant


April 1, 1972 baseball owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association played the cruelest April Fool’s Day joke of all on fans. Only it wasn’t a joke. They stopped the game. They shut it down. Never before in the 103-year history of professional baseball had the game, and it’s fans, faced a work stoppage due to labor discord. It was the first baseball strike in history. Read more ›

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5 Little-Known Facts about the History of California Wine


by Frances Dinkelspiel

1) The Franciscan Fathers of Baja California

The Franciscan fathers were the first to plant grapes in California. Father Junipero Serra wrote to his bosses in Baja California in the late 18th century and asked that they ship grapevines north. The grapes were planted at Mission San Juan Capistrano near Los Angeles. They were named Mission grapes and became the primary grape used for making wine throughout the 1880s, even though the wine they produced was flat and bland. Historians think the first harvest in California was in 1782 Read more ›

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Kissinger’s Shadow: A Q&A with Author Greg Grandin

Kissinger's Shadow

Q. Kissinger is frequently called a “realist,” but you disagree. How so?

There are lots of ways to define political “realism,” but at its heart is the idea that “reality” is objective and observable – that one’s interests and power are knowable. Kissinger is often associated with this worldview but the truth is, he believed in none of it. He didn’t (and still doesn’t, since his philosophy has been fairly consistent from his 1950 Harvard undergraduate thesis to his most recent book, World Order) believe human beings have access to “reality.” As he put it in 1950, “every man in a certain sense creates his picture of the world.” Read more ›

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The End of Memory: Understanding the Spread Alzheimer’s

End of Memory

by Jay Ingram

Chapter 10 – A Deadly Progression

The prospect of slowing, interrupting or even stopping the disease seems daunting, but there might be a window of opportunity: How does the spread of the disease actually take place? Is it some kind of unfortunate coincidence whereby adjacent cells spontaneously begin to break down independently of each other—the result of a general environmental crisis in which they are embedded? Or do the crucial disease elements, the predecessors of plaques and tangles (or whatever they are), actually move from cell to cell, leaving a trail of destruction behind them? If the latter is the case (and the evidence supporting this theory is increasing), an opportunity does exist. Wherever you find traffic, there is the opportunity for roadblocks. Read more ›

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The Heart Healers: Saving Men at the D-Day Beach Landings

Heart Healers ; D-D Landings

by James S. Forrester, M.D.

Chapter 2 – “What Man Meant for Evil, God Meant for Good”

In June 1944 at the D-Day beach landings, Dwight Harken was brought a dying soldier with a gaping injury to his sternum and ribs. The heart’s right ventricle lies directly behind the sternum, Nature’s impenetrable bony shield. Ancients saw Nature’s logic. The word sternum descends from the Greek word sternon, meaning a soldier’s breastplate. As his assistants used retractors to widen Harken’s field of view within the chest cavity, he saw shrapnel had penetrated the right ventricle. Read more ›

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