The Forgotten Founding Father

 When most of us hear the name Noah Webster, we think: "dictionary." But did you know that Noah Webster also published New York City's first daily newspaper, played an important role in founding Amherst College, and enjoyed close acquaintance with George Washington and other Founders? Joshua Kendall's biography makes a persuasive case that one of the most important words Webster helped define was "American."

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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