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Secretary Sebelius: Medicare Helps Millions

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health The following is a guest post from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius AARP Op-Ed on the 48th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Tuesday, July 30, 2013 My 92-year-old father first ran for public office after he finished his military service in World War II. He served on the city council, and later was elected to Congress. In 1965, he helped write and voted for Medicare and Medicaid, which celebrate their 48th anniversary today. Since then, Medicare has …

The 4th of July — in June!

Posted on 07/2/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThink you’re a firecracker on American history? Bet you didn’t know that… …George Washington stood nearly 6 foot 3. …John Adams was all about the girth of a nation; the man weighed in at 200 pounds. …Thomas Jefferson was a shy and aloof young man, “known to cross his arms over his chest” during the deliberations that led to the Declaration of Independence. Don’t feel bad — I didn’t know any of that either. At least not until I read …

July 4th: What a Weekend for TV Marathons

Posted on 06/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAh, the Fourth of July. Cue patriotic music, barbecues, fireworks, and TV marathons for couch potatoes of all interests who may just want to stay inside all long weekend. There’s the traditional Twilight Zone marathon on Syfy (8 a.m. July 4 through 6 a.m. July 5), a Turner Classic Movies’ patriotic marathon, and a U.S.A. documentary marathon (including the acclaimed America The Story of Us), on History, H2 and The Military Channel.  AMC is offering three days of all-American zombies with …

Are We Teaching Our Next Generation the Right Stuff?

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayI was on break from college, and proud to tell dad about my new major. “General Studies in the Humanities” sounded cool to me, but he was less impressed. “What the hell use will that be in world?” he wanted to know. “I’ll be a better human,” I snarked, stumped for a better answer. A report released today would have helped my case with dad. The Heart of the Matter comes from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission …

George Aratani: A WWII Internee Turned History Buff

Posted on 02/22/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyGeorge Aratani was as personally well-known as the  imported products sold by the companies he founded — most notably, the Mikasa line of dinnerware, and Kenwood home audio equipment. Nevertheless, Aratani helped ensure that Americans knew the larger the story of the injustice inflicted on him and 122,000 Japanese Americans at the outbreak of World War II, when they were forced to leave their homes and live behind fences and under armed guard in internment camps, often losing their property and businesses …

Women Have Come a Long Way Since 1932 Olympics

Posted on 08/1/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentHelen Johns Carroll, now 97, was only 17 years old when she represented the United States in swimming at the 1932 Summer Olympics. That makes the gold medal she won 80 years old–and Carroll the product of a much different Olympic era.