Book Review: The Stuff We’re Made Of

Dan Levitt’s “What’s Gotten Into You” is a lively, deeply researched history of of how our atoms journeyed from the beginning of time all the way to our bodies. Along the way, Levitt pays homage to the scientists across the centuries whose advances helped to nail down our origin story.

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Book Review: How Squirrels Became Pests

In “Pests,” science journalist Bethany Brookshire explores our complex relationships with the creatures that invade and share our spaces, making the case that the animals we label pests — from rats and squirrels to deer and bears — are often made so because of our own actions. Can we learn to coexist?

Good Blood, Bad Policy: the Red Cross and Jim Crow

The Red Cross’s 1940s policy of racially segregating blood propped up notions of racial difference and Black inferiority. For Black Americans who were already locked in a battle for dignity and civil rights, it was a painful reminder of their second-class citizenship.

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