In his new book, pilot and columnist Patrick Smith explains why you have to turn off your cellphone for takeoff and landing, and why your ideas about autopilot are probably all wrong. He wants people to "re-appreciate the act of air travel. It's not as horrible as everybody thinks it is."
History professor Tracy Campbell describes the controversies and costs behind a St. Louis monument.()
In 2003, Richard Rubin set out to talk to every American veteran of World War I he could find.()
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