Prison food gets a bad rap, but a recent tasting at a historic penitentiary showed that prison menus of the past were less predictable and maybe even more nutritious than the institutional-style meals served in most prisons today. Some prisons are returning to scratch cooking, and are opening restaurants to train inmates in food service.
This alluring spice mix has an incredible aroma and deep roots in the Middle East. For centuries, people have been eating za'atar not just for its savory taste but also for its reputed health benefits. Modern research confirms it's packed with antioxidants.
On June 11, 1963, Gov. George Wallace stood at the University of Alabama to block two black students attempting to cross the color line and register for classes. That event forever associated him with segregation. His daughter is trying to shake that association, and is using her voice to promote healing.
Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves the stories of well-known figures and fictional characters, revealing fiction's role in the telling of history.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died this week at 89, had been the only remaining World War II veteran in the Senate. Just two are left in the House. Today, fewer than 1 in 5 members of Congress have military service on their resume.
Friday's holiday wasn't the brain child of doughnut vendors trying to push their sugary, deep-fried treats (though some will give them to you for free). The holiday stems from the wartime volunteer service of "dough girls" — and even helped to lighten the dark days of Vietnam POWs.
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