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The Life And Assassination Of Gandhi

The assassination of Mahatma Gandhi left people stunned. Learn about the life, teachings, and assassination of Gandhi with Ira Riklis. Born October 2, 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the son of a deeply religious mother who brought him up in the ways of Jainism, a religion of India that promoted non-violence. His father was an... Read More

James Joyce: A Literary Celebrity

James Joyce struggled to become a recognized writer in his early career. After the release of Ulysses, his career skyrocketed, allowing him success and recognition not only for the content of his works, but his unique, new styles of writing. Learn more about Joyce as Ira Riklis delves into his life, career, and death. Early... Read More

Charles Dickens: His Life And Famous Works

Charles Dickens wrote several novels beloved worldwide, rising to fame at a young age. Many people know his famous works, but likely not much about the man himself. Discover the man behind the novels, including “A Christmas Carol,” and his love of Christmas. Enjoy some of his famous quotes and facts about his life in... Read More

History Of The Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Christmastime in New York City is magical and the centerpiece of that magic is the breathtaking Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. You can feel the excitement in the air as hundreds of people crowd the sidewalk that overlooks the famous Rockefeller Plaza skating rink and the tree that is in the center. Flashes from cameras... Read More

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade delights millions of families and children of all ages every Thanksgiving Day. Ira Riklis describes the history of the famous annual parade and some fun facts including details about some of the balloons that help make the parade a cherished part of the holiday season. The First Macy’s Holiday Parades... Read More

The True Story Of The Sound Of Music

When The Sound of Music soared into popularity, becoming an all-time great, it took Broadway and the movie industry by storm. However, many fans likely do not know that multiple inaccuracies exist between Broadway and Hollywood versions and the actual story and events. Ira Riklis uncovers some of the truths behind the real story behind... Read More

Death Masks: Preserving The Memory Of The Dead

In spite of the name, there is little that is morbid about death masks. In many historical traditions and cultures, death masks are simply a part of the mourning or funeral processes. Ira Riklis looks into the history of this culturally important tradition. Consider ancient Egypt, for example. The Egyptians You are probably familiar with... Read More
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