The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell

Michael Schumacher, author of “Torn in Two,” on the 1966 sinking of the six-hundred-foot Morrell, which broke in half during a storm on Lake Huron.

The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell On November 29, 1966, the Daniel J. Morrell split in two during a late autumn storm on Lake Huron. Dennis Hale, a 26-year-old watchman, was the sole survivor—rescued after spending thirty-eight hours on a life raft in subfreezing weather. Read More


Herbert Selpin’s Titanic

Before A Night to Remember and James Cameron’s Titanic there was the “Nazi Titanic.”

Herbert Selpin’s Titanic “Everything that could go wrong did go wrong,” says Robert P. Watson, author of “The Nazi Titanic,” about the making of the anti-British propaganda film Titanic. Case in point: Director Herbert Selpin was murdered by the Gestapo before he finished the movie. Read More


The Nazi Titanic

The Nazi Titanic

The forgotten tragedy of the Cap Arcona, the last major indignity of the Holocaust and one of history’s worst maritime disasters.

Germany’s Cap Arcona was mistakenly bombed by the Royal Air Force during the last days of World War II, killing nearly all of the concentration camp prisoners aboard. In “The Nazi Titanic” author Robert Watson tells the story of this largely forgotten Holocaust disaster. Read More



Susan Southard on the neglected story of life after nuclear war.

In the award-winning “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,” author Susan Southard tells the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and the “neglected story of the enduring impact of nuclear war.” Read More

This Day in Failure

October 22nd

2008: Ashley Todd, a volunteer for John McCain’s Republican presidential campaign, reports that a “six-foot-four black man” robbed her at knifepoint, and after seeing a McCain sticker on her car, supposedly said: “You are going to be a Barack [Obama] supporter,” before cutting a backwards “B” into her cheek with a dull knife. Later, it is revealed...

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Failure Analysis

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Your choice for next U.S. President?

I’m glad to welcome … Isiah Thompson as FIU’s basketball coach.

- Florida International University Provost Ronald Berkman introducing NBA legend Isiah Thomas