Film Review: Who Will Write Our History?

I recently had the fortune to see a new film about a group of Jewish men and women who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto and defied their Nazi oppressors by undertaking a project to document, collect, organize, and safeguard a record of their lives—all done under extreme secrecy and the looming threat of death had their operation been discovered. This group, led by historian Emanuel … Continue reading Film Review: Who Will Write Our History?

The Permanent, Unmistakable Mark Human Beings Have Left on Planet Earth

Have we entered a new geologic era, the Anthropocene? Or put differently: hundreds of thousands of years from now, when future geologists sift the earth for clues about our present day, what lasting evidence of our existence will they find? Scientific American presents a rather fascinating article about how we are fundamentally making our mark on the planet. (Spoiler: it involves concrete, plastic, and radioactive isotopes … Continue reading The Permanent, Unmistakable Mark Human Beings Have Left on Planet Earth

Adolf Eichmann’s capture, as told by the Mossad

For the first time in its notoriously secretive history, the Mossad — Israel’s intelligence service — has opened its vaults to the public. In cooperation with an Israeli museum, the Mossad curated documents and artifacts pertaining to the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the Nazi’s chief architects of the Holocaust. Visitors can see actual notepads and cameras used during Israel’s mission to … Continue reading Adolf Eichmann’s capture, as told by the Mossad

A Brief History of Bicycles in Los Angeles

Los Angeles public TV station KCET presents A Brief History of Bicycles in the Los Angeles Area on their blog. For everyone interested in bicycles or LA history–or both!–the article includes some wonderful photos of a bike-friendly LA from a century ago. One particular bit of note: Seeking to capitalize on popular interest in the sport, the Southern Pacific Railroad built a bicycle track and spectator … Continue reading A Brief History of Bicycles in Los Angeles