Chasing Venus

The 18th-century quest to calculate the size of the solar system by observing the transit of Venus was the first truly international scientific undertaking. Andrea Wulf captures the personalities who took on the astronomical challenge in this surprising true story of stargazing, exploration, and politics.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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