This Astronomer Discovered Over 300 Stars During Her Career

Williamina Fleming went from doing domestic work to being appointed the Curator of Astronomical Photographs at the Harvard College Observatory, making her the first woman to hold a title at Harvard University. She is credited with discovering 10 novae, over 300 variable stars, and 59 gaseous nebulae.

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Walter Winchell and the "trial of the century"

How Walter Winchell used the "trial of the century" to blend news and entertainment.

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The time Walter Winchell condemned an American Nazi rally

Walter Winchell condemned a rally of American Nazis in 1939.

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Michael Tilson Thomas on what he learned from James Brown

MTT talks about the James Brown song that caused him to pull the car over as a teenager.

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The toy behind Michael Tilson Thomas's love of dissonance

Meet Toodles, the toy behind Michael Tilson Thomas's love of dissonant music.

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Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip

Meet the columnist who pioneered the fast-paced journalism that dominates today.

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

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