Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama Discusses Happiness

Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama officially took his title on November 17, 1950. In this video, the Dalai Lama describes happiness by saying: “I usually describe happiness in the sense of more satisfaction, happiness is not necessarily some pleasure experience, but neutral sort of experience that can bring deep satisfaction.” When … Continue reading

Desmond Tutu’s Key Role in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

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Colleagues such as Mary Burton of Archbishop Desmond Tutu discuss how he got involved with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) assembled in South Africa after the end of apartheid. The TRC reviewed thousands of statements from witnesses and victims of human rights violations during the apartheid as a method … Continue reading

Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II: First Pontiff To Visit The White House

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On October 6, 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first Pontiff to visit the White House. In the video above, Jimmy Carter addresses the media following an hour-long meeting with the Pontiff in the Oval Office. Of their discussion, President Carter noted: “We share a belief that the church … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Amer Ahmed on Being Muslim After 9/11

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Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks began, Amer Ahmed remembers thinking, “I hope this wasn’t a Muslim.” As the spokesman for the Muslim Student Union at Indiana University, Amer recounts the harrowing experience of being a voice for a community that instantly made him a target of suspicion. Since 9/11, … Continue reading

Rwandan Genocide
Surviving Rwandan Genocide & Forgiving Its Perpetrators

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Immaculée Ilibagiza recalls the start of the Rwandan Genocide on April 7, 1994 by the Hutu majority in Rwanda and going into hiding in a small bathroom because she was a Tutsi. She describes praying to not be caught when Hutus were looking for more victims and not being found: … Continue reading

War in Afghanistan
Techniques of the Taliban to Recruit Suicide Bombers

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Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has become the frontline for war between Taliban insurgents and western troops. In this interview, two failed suicide bombers, Abdul Quboshi and Farman Ullah, discuss how they got involved with the Taliban.  The young boys explain that they were at school when the Taliban came to … Continue reading

Charles Darwin
Footage From the Scopes Monkey Trial

Footage from the Scopes Monkey Trial

One of the landmark American legal cases of the twentieth century, the Scopes Monkey trial was one in which teacher John Thomas Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, a law which forbade the teaching of human evolution in any state-funded school. The highly publicized trial gained national attention … Continue reading

Scopes Trial
‘The Trial Took Place in a Circus Atmosphere’


In an old newsreel, a reporter outlines the basic facts of the Scopes Monkey Trial and talks about how the trial attracted a lot of publicity. The Scopes Trial took place in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee and revolved around the topic of evolution versus creationism. A substitute teacher named John … Continue reading

Scopes Trial
The Face-Off Between Clarence Darrow & William Jennings Bryan


Eloise Reed, resident of Dayton, Tennessee and present during the Scopes Trial of 1925, explains the face-off that occurred between defense attorney Clarence Darrow and prosecutor William Jennings Bryan. Darrow, a well-known criminal lawyer and agnostic, called Bryan–a fundamentalist Christian and leader of the Democratic Party–to the witness stand during … Continue reading

Scopes Trial
The Significance of the ‘Monkey Trial’

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David Menton, a creation scientist with a Ph.D in cell biology, analyzes the significance of the 1925 Scopes Trial, also known as the “Monkey Trial.” John Scopes, a teacher from a small town in Tennessee, was put on trial for teaching the theory of evolution in a state where laws … Continue reading