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The Gettysburg Address: Short and Sweet

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in political history, despite only being a few hundred words long. What was so special about this commemoration? We'll give you the skinny right here and now.

The Best Stuff We've Read All Week

Posted here for your relaxation and personal enrichment. Enjoy...(!)

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch.

How Amputation Works

Amputation is one of the oldest surgeries and an even older punishment for crime, but it wasn't until the American Civil War and its 50,000 amputations that the procedure began to hit its stride. Learn about amputation and who it attracts in this episode.

Secession Means Never Having to Say You'll Compromise

I knew a guy once who had his home address printed on his checks with "Occupied Georgia, Confederate States of America." No lie. He was, in all honesty a secessionist. He was making a run for governor and part of his platform was breaking Georgia off from the Union. He was a decent guy and I treated his apparent quackery with detached quiet.

So it's extremely difficult to visit Guatemala and not feel the creeping sense that one has led a comparatively entitled life. Being an American I can count on one hand the number of times I've arisen at three in the morning to make flour tortillas by hand. Then sold the tortillas door to door. Then headed off to work for the rest of the day in the fields, reaping sugar cane with a machete or picking coffee beans from plants growing on steep mountainsides or plowing unreasonably rocky soil with a hoe. Then bagged whatever harvest had been gotten and carted the bags into town in a bus alongside pigs and chickens, if I didn't ride on the top -- which I could if I had been born Guatemalan -- to sell the produce at a market and return home again that night on a similar bus and go to sleep only to do it once more the following morning. And so on, ad infinitum.