• Evolutionary Origins of Homosexuality

    Here we discuss a body of scientific evidence that directly contradicts the assertion that homosexuality is “against the order of nature,” and instead argues that homosexuality has emerged through evolution as a normal variant that confers survival benefits to the family, particularly in certain settings.

  • Eyewitness to the Alger Hiss Case

    Alger Hiss was my stepfather. At age 91, I am the last living eyewitness to this dark moment in our country’s history.

  • ‘The Odyssey is all about father and son.’

    Frank Pizzoli talks with the author of The Golden House

  • Freak Out!

    Studio 54 was a playground for celebrities, a temple for disco, and a brand of spectacle not seen before in a nightly venue.

  • Billie Jean King’s Stroke of Genius

    BATTLE OF THE SEXES recounts what was in fact the battle of the decade: the women’s movement and the sexual revolution versus the inevitable male chauvinist backlash ...

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