Net Neutrality: Finding the Facts

Coined in 2003 by a Columbia University law professor Tim Wu, "net neutrality" is the idea that all data should be treated equally on the Internet. The topic of net neutrality, however, is not neutral and many opposing viewpoints exist in conversations about it. Get the facts on all sides of the conversation in these […]

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Great Fiction by or about Muslims

You've read The Kite Runner and want more. Maybe you’re seeking to explore Islam more deeply. What are some great reads about (and mostly by) people who are Muslim? Reading Lolita in Tehran was on the NYT bestseller list for 117 weeks! The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf is about a devout Muslim family in 1970s Indiana. Secret […]

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What Made You Laugh?

Can you baby boomers out there remember what made you laugh? Was Lenny Bruce was too risqué? What about George Carlin? What Made America Laugh covers the 1950s and includes most of the comedians, from Lucille Ball to Jerry Lewis. I remember the very dry humor of Bob and Ray Elliott and their characters Wally Ballou and […]

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Find the Pulitzer Prize Winners at the Library

Who won the Pulitzer Prizes? For Fiction the winner was The Underground Railroad. While you're waiting for that book, you might want to read The Good Lord Bird, which was the 2013 National Book Award Winner. James McBride’s novel takes a pivotal, troubled sequence in American history—John Brown’s abolitionist campaign—and retells it in a voice as comic and […]

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Get Ready for World Circus Day!

Coming up soon, on April 15, is World Circus Day! Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will bring the rich history, mystique, and diversity of circus arts to life on the National Mall of Washington, D.C. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey recently announced plans to disband in May of this year after […]

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