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60 years ago today, networks started broadcasting the Army-McCarthy hearings live.

These days, shows like The Blacklist and The Americans play with Red Scare and Cold War fears, but Don Carleton’s back-in-print book shows how this period of history still ripples through current state politics.

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"I wish that the nature of Man were better."

That’s Mary Ellen Mark on capturing the nature of ‘Man’ and ‘Beast’ in her images. Read more, including how her husband Martin Bell was once bitten by a chimpanzee and how author John Irving tried to fend off a chimp with a chair in his hand:

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If you saw Katerina Plotnikova's photography gorgeous images on the internet recently, now you know who did it first!

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  • KUT, Austin’s npr affiliate, spoke with Bill Minutaglio, the “definitive author" on the Texas City disaster, to reflect on that horrific event, tomorrow’s anniversary of the West Texas fertilizer plant explosion, and how we can prevent industrial calamities.

  • Song: "City on Fire" Author Bill Minutaglio with David Brown of The Texas Standard
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Are you a media scholar who’s really into comics and graphic nonfiction? We’re seeking proposals for a new series edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher GonzálezClick here for more info.

Today in 1947, two ships loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer demolished Texas City, Texas.

Bill Minutaglio’s gripping account of the Texas City disaster delves into the resulting first-ever class action lawsuit against the US government.

This extraordinary WWII veteran, interviewed by the Voces Oral History Project, appears in Professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Professor B.V. Olguín’s new book Latina/os and World War II.