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Apr 5 2016 | The Stanford Report
In research covering four centuries of scientific debate, Stanford historian Jessica Riskin investigates different views of man and machine, and how this debate laid the groundwork for later theories of evolution and science. By Anita LawThe Humanities at Stanford What do human beings and...
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Feb 8 2016
James Madison may be best remembered as the father of the constitution, but he was also the nation's first wartime president—and, as such, was the first to wrestle with how to use executive power in the Oval Office during a major national security crisis. For the fourth episode of the Presidential...
Digitized aerial images of the Iguazu Falls
Jan 29 2016
By Ian P. BeacockThe Humanities at Stanford   Nestled along the border between Argentina and Brazil are the spectacular, thundering Iguazu Falls. Surrounding them are two national parks – legally protected areas of subtropical rainforest that appear free of both people and politics.
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Jan 29 2016
By Liz Covart History is about people, but what do we know about the people behind history’s scenes? Who are the people who tell us what we know about our past? And how do they come to know what they know? Today, we begin our year-long “Doing History” series with a special bonus episode about...
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Jan 29 2016
Why are cities so important to our future? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 54% of the global population lives in urban areas, up from 34% in 1960.  This trend shows no sign of slowing down with an increase of 1.84% every year between 2015 and 2020. With cities adding 2.5 billion...