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The Emperor

Part four: Pathological corsicophilia.

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The President

Part three: Papa Bok.

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Geography Grapevine's Atlas History

The Soldier

Part two: The radio tutor’s power play.

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The Last Emperor of Africa

Part one: Wishful thinking

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Cold as Dickens

Dickensian London is iconic, but its plentiful snowdrifts bear little resemblance to the modern city. Is this artistic license? Or are Tiny Tim’s environs evidence of a centuries-long frosty period that gave us Frankenstein, witchcraft, and America?

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Maryland, My Maryland

Maryland never joined the Confederacy, but for 82 years its state song was an anti-Lincoln diss track set to the tune of ‘O Tannenbaum’.

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Folklore History Language

Scare Bears

Whatever you do, don’t say—

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Five Hundred Years of Orange

Foxes are red, horses are blue.

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The Fall of Sikkim

Part six: Chogyal gone.

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The Battle for the Soul of Sikkim

Part five: The snake and the storm.