The Magna Carta is seen by many as THE founding document for modern western constitutional government. Almost 800 years ago, a King was forced to surrender power to his subjects. Now one of the original copies of the Great Charter is on display at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Host Marco Werman goes on a field trip with The World's history guy, Chris Woolf.
In the US, here’s been an outcry against the passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana. But while some citizens are stunned, a foreign correspondent says it's even harder for someone trying to explain it to people outside the United States.
At the Academy Awards tonight, the British-American film "12 Years A Slave" is up for nine Oscars. It is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black violinist in New York who was sold into slavery in the 1800s. His great-great-great-grandson says the story gave his family a rare gift among African Americans —the ability to trace their ancestry.
There's something about the mile sprint that captures the imagination. It's equivalent to running 15 miles per hour or 24 kilometers per hour. And when Roger Bannister ran it in under four minutes, the world took note.
One of Persia’s most famous ancient artifacts, the Cyrus Cylinder, is finishing its first US tour. And it is making Iranians in the US proud of their past and their people's claim to being among the first to officially acknowledge human rights.
An episode of ancient history is making news this week. New research about a catastrophic tsunami 8000 years ago was recently published. It seems the flood obliterated the people living on large islands off the coast of Europe that now lie beneath the sea. Is this where the myth of Atlantis comes from?