living history
August 30, 2017

Most Americans have heard of the New Deal, the huge project of reform, regulation, and public works done under former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 80 years ago. Its scope was enormous: The Public Works Administration alone consumed at its peak half the concrete and one-third of the steel output of the whole nation, while the Works Progress Administration built or renovated tens of thousands of roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, and parks.

But what you might not know is that most of those New Deal projects are still standing around the country today. The Living New Deal website maintains an interactive map of them all, and it's very likely there is one still in your hometown — even if it is very small. They're everywhere:

Click around the interactive map here. Ryan Cooper

April 15, 2017

The oldest woman in the world and the last confirmed survivor of the 19th century, Emma Morano, died Saturday at her home in Italy. She was 117.

Born in 1899 in Civiasco, a small town in northern Italy near Milan, Morano turned 117 this past November. She lived with a caregiver in Verbania, a lakeside town just 25 miles from her birthplace.

In her latter years, Morano enjoyed television, raw eggs, chocolate, and the company of her grandchildren. Watch a video from her most recent birthday below. Bonnie Kristian

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