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    The Story of Headache Powders

    In the early 20th century, pharmacists began to create their own form of headache relief medicine that had a different physical and chemical composition than traditional aspirin. Their new formula was a powdered blend of aspirin and caffeine. These “production powders,” as laborers called them, were easier for pharmacists to…
    Anna Manning, January 11, 2018
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    Raising red flags about AP European history

    Peter Wood explains in a Federalist column how history seems to be repeating itself (my bad joke, not his) when it comes to the College Board’s treatment of European history. The American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick Hess and Grant Addison writing at National Review Online give the National Association…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2018
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    Medieval Jewish moneylenders: More myth than historical fact

    You might have heard the story about Jews’ critical role in the medieval European economy — serving as moneylenders at a time when others avoided that important job. A new book from N.C. State University history professor Julie Mell shows how that story is largely based on myth. Mell shared…
    Mitch Kokai, January 8, 2018
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    An unprecedented take on an overused word

    John Podhoretz takes aim in the latest Commentary magazine at the use of the word “unprecedented” to describe everything from 9/11 to Facebook to Donald Trump’s presidency. When every major event that happens over the course of a generation is unprecedented, maybe the problem is with the way…
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2018
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    Expect more overheated rhetoric in 2018

    Jay Cost reminds us in a National Review Online column that over-the-top, doom-and-gloom predictions are nothing new in American politics. 2017 was a year of great political anxiety. The American Left has been consumed by a dark view of our future — a Trumpian dystopia — that has…
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2018
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    The liberal fixation on Watergate

    Kyle Smith devotes a New York Post column to the political left’s long love affair with a 45-year-old scandal. What is going on is that, like the flabby 59-year-old who can’t stop telling you how he scored the winning touchdown in high school, liberals can’t stop reliving the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 2, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The year-end edition of Carolina Journal Radio looks back at some of 2017’s most interesting topics. Jon Pritchett shares highlights from his Wall Street Journal column detailing the problems linked to corporate CEOs’ political activism. Roy Cordato questions a study that suggests North Carolina’s economy benefits when…
    Mitch Kokai, December 29, 2017
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    The Story of the Salvation Army

    While the Salvation Army is best known for ringing bells and red kettles, the organization does much more than collect spare change during the holiday season. The Salvation Army has over 1.5 million members and assists 25 million Americans annually, including thousands of North Carolinians. Other services it provides include…
    Terry Stoops, December 25, 2017