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  • Why is Charles Curtis’s Legacy So Complicated?

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    Kiara M. Vigil Jan 19, 2021

    Charles Curtis, a member of the Kaw Nation and the first person of color to serve as vice president, is..
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    Matthew Gabriele Jan 12, 2021

    Why was there so much medieval imagery at the assault on the US Capitol? Historian Matthew Gabriele explains the Far..
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    Kevin Boyle and James Grossman Jan 11, 2021

    The braided relationship between history and civics will make January 6, 2021, a central concern in classrooms and other educational..
  • Clerks Wearing Masks

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    E. Thomas Ewing and Jeffrey S. Reznick Dec 9, 2020

    Analyzing data and photographs from the 1918 influenza epidemic increased students' historical empathy and improved their ability to think historically about COVID-19.

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    Leah Valtin-Erwin Oct 29, 2020

    Several complex historical legacies underpin the rush to compare today's pandemic shopping experience to shortages in late communist eastern Europe.
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    Jon Grinspan Oct 19, 2020

    The election of 1876 can shed light on how the nation's political institutions operate during a crisis of democracy.
  • We Want More History

    Greg Downs, Hilary N. Green, Scott Hancock, and Kate Masur Oct 9, 2020

    Civil War historians took to the streets, parks, and visitor centers to demand better, more nuanced history during the first #WeWantMoreHistory day of action.
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    Jeremi Suri Oct 5, 2020

    The White House was unprepared for the chaos in the chain of command created by the near assassination of President Reagan in 1981.
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    Heather Murray Oct 2, 2020

    During the HIV/AIDS epidemic the surgical mask was a sign of homophobia; COVID-19 may transform it into a gesture of communal solidarity.


March 17 — National Association of Educational Broadcasters President James Fellows hires Steve Behrens to launch Current as a journalistic service, replacing NAEB’s association house organ Public Telecommunications Letter. Roa group benefit program. Behrens holds the job until 1984.


February — Brooke Gladstone joins Current as assistant editor, just in time to cover the NPR fiscal crisis. After moving on to jobs at NPR, she eventually becomes co-host of WNYC’s On the Media.

Sept. 28 — NAEB publishes its last issue of Current. The longtime association dissolves by vote of its members Nov. 3, 1981.


March 31Current resumes publication with financial support from the Current Publishing Committee, a consortium of public TV stations chaired by Fellows. With Fellows supervising Current as publisher, Educational Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of WNET in New York City, shares the role by providing substantial administrative support for Current’s staff of two editor/reporters.


February — JJ Yore is promoted to editor, succeeding Joy Mastroberardino. He had joined the staff as associate editor in August 1985.

SeptemberCurrent moves its office from overheated basement on 16th Street in Washington, D.C., to an apartment in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.


January — Researcher David Giovannoni begins writing a column for Current about public radio’s audience; George Hall, a public television leader with expertise in instructional television, begins a column on technology. The arrangement, subsidized by CPB, later expands to include a column on TV audiences by David and Judith LeRoy.

MarchThe History of Public Broadcasting, by John Witherspoon and Roselle Kovitz, begins serialization. Later in the year, Current publishes the history in paperback.

July — Fellows and Yore switch Current from single-copy subscriptions to a group subscription plan to expand circulation, offering lower per-copy prices to stations. The change creates a larger reader base to support advertising sales, which becomes the major revenue source.

DecemberCurrent hires its first display ad salesperson, Harold Crabill; display ad sales begin growing. In fiscal year 1989, Crabill doubles ad revenues and pulls Current out of the red.


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March — Former Current Business Manager Val Taylor begins the comic strip “As Current Flows,” starring pubcaster fatale Muriel Aerial.

November — Richard Barbieri, Current’s associate editor from March 1986 to July 1987, becomes editor after Yore departs for Marketplace.


DecemberCurrent features Christopher Whittle, the businessman who sold ads on the classroom TV service Channel One, at the top of the paper’s year-end “15 Who Made a Difference” profiles. PBS drops its subscription in protest.


March — Steve Behrens returns as editor.


June — Associate EditorKaren Everhart begins annual Pipeline surveys of future public TV series, now published annually in November.


August — Current moves its offices to an actual office building on K Street.



Fall — Aides to CPB President Richard Carlson, critical of Current’scoverage of the corporation, withdraw CPB-funded audience research and technology columns from the newspaper. After Carlson leaves CPB, Giovannoni brings his columns back to Current for the Audience 98 study.


Oct. 10Current launches its website. (See the Internet Archive’s first captured homepage, from Nov. 1.)


January — The paper begins serializing David Stewart’s book about public TV programming, later published by TV Books as The PBS Companion (1999).


FebruaryCurrent publishes a new paperback edition of A History of Public Broadcasting with updated chapters by Robert Avery and Alan Stavitsky.


December — Founding Chairman James Fellows sustains serious injuries after being hit by a car while crossing the street. He retires from active involvement in the newspaper.


August — After 25 years in Washington, Current moves from the lobbyists’ haven of K Street to Takoma Park, Md., mere yards outside of D.C., a haven of yogis, azaleas and traditional stringed instruments.

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January — WNET transfers stewardship of Current to the American University School of Communication. The Wyncote Foundation of Philadelphia provides grants to support the transition, website development and general operations.


March — Senior Editor Karen Everhart is appointed interim managing editor as Behrens prepares to retire in September 2012. Everhart is permanently named to the position in May 2013.


April — Mike Janssen, who had covered public radio for Current as a staff reporter and freelancer, is named digital editor. The new position supports expansion of Current’s daily digital news coverage.


January — Julie Drizin, a public radio journalist and producer who directed the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland, is named Current’s first executive director. Five days before she starts on the job, Current launches its first podcast, The Pub, with host Adam Ragusea.

November — Current publishes a report on executive compensation and financial disclosure by CPB-qualified stations in the top 25 markets. Pipeline 2016, the annual listing of national programs in production for public TV, is redesigned as a special pull-out section of the paper and published online in a searchable digital format.


March — Currently Curious, an engagement project launched with the Hearken platform, takes on its first question voted on by readers with a series about collaboration between public TV and radio.

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June — Current introduces digital subscriptions.

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December — Ragusea delivers his last episode of The Pub, featuring a wide-ranging conversation with Terry Gross of Fresh Air, a fan of the show. Current ends production of The Pub in July 2018.