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Conflict & Justice

An uneasy history of US-China conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories can appeal to the cynical, the distrustful and the anxious. They've been woven through the past century of China-US relations, on both sides, more often at some times than others. Here's a look at one of them, that starts with a young American missionary turned military intelligence operative, and the myth and reality behind why a staunch anti-Communist group decided to make him their patron saint, with Terry Lautz, author of "John Birch: A Life."

Health & Medicine

A new book recounts the forgotten history of autism

We tend to think of autism as a modern disease — “the unique disorder of our uniquely disordered times," as author Steve Silberman writes in a new book. But that idea, he says, doesn't quite square with the facts. The real history of autism is less known and more tragic — both for the people who suffered from the disorder and for the doctor, Hans Asperger, whose pioneering ideas about autism were long neglected.