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Martin Di Caro

Martin Di Caro

Martin Di Caro brings 25 years of broadcast journalism experience to the Washington Times. He has won numerous prestigious awards throughout his career in major media markets across the country. Before coming to the Times, Martin was a news anchor at Bloomberg Radio’s Washington bureau. From 2012 to 2017, he covered transportation at NPR member station WAMU 88.5 in Washington, where his work on the yearslong Metrorail crisis earned Martin his second Edward R. Murrow award, which included hosting the radio station’s first podcast, Metropocalypse. Martin worked as a reporter for AP Radio in New York and Washington for eight years starting in 2008. He lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. and his interests include reading history and following his beloved New York Jets. He can be reached at

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A resident looks at damaged homes from a rocket attack early this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, as Russian shelling continued to hit towns and villages in Donetsk province, regional officials said. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

History As It Happens: Why war doesn’t work

Russia in Ukraine. The U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan. France in Algeria and Indochina. Sir Lawrence Freedman explains why powerful nations fail at war. Published August 17, 2022

Illustration on the romance between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

History As It Happens: Slavery and the Constitution

Heritage Foundation president Kevin Roberts, a historian of early American history, decries the "racialist agenda" pervading modern interpretations of America's founding. Published August 15, 2022

Chicago mobster Al Capone, shown here at a football game in 1931, had a Wisconsin hide-out during Prohibition, and it has sold at auction to a bank for $2.6 million.

History As It Happens: The problem with prohibitions

A distinguished historian of American social movements compares the twentieth century crusade to ban booze to efforts today by pro-life activists to outlaw abortion. No matter the issue, prohibitions are difficult, if not impossible, to enforce. Published August 10, 2022

The tomb of president Ulysses S. Grant rests in the center of the rotunda of the General Grant National Memorial, Friday, April 22, 2022, in the Manhattan borough of New York. This month marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Civil War hero and two-term president. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

History As It Happens: What we owe Grant

In this year marking the bicentennial of his birth, historians say U.S. Grant deserves overdue recognition in the pantheon of civil rights presidents, alongside Lincoln and LBJ. Published August 1, 2022

A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis during protests over the death of George Floyd. Speaking at the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump said, "The Republican Party condemns the rioting, looting, arson and violence we have seen in Democrat-run cities all, like Kenosha, Minneapolis, Portland, Chicago and New York, and many others." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

History As It Happens: The declinists

Americans of various political persuasions agree the U.S. is in decline. But what does that actually mean? Historian Michael Kimmage looks to the Roman Empire for answers. Published July 25, 2022

Americans are feeling optimistic about the start of Donad Trump's presidency and its effects on their pocketbooks, according to a poll. (Associated Press)

History As It Happens: George Wallace populism

Today's right-wing populists, with their appeals to racial, cultural, and class resentments, are the descendants of Alabama's segregationist governor. Published July 20, 2022

Anti-abortion demonstrators, including Phyllis Schlafly, foreground, rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 29, 1992.  The high court upheld most provisions of a restrictive Pennsylvania abortion law.  (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)

History As It Happens: Phyllis Schlafly prevails

Historian and Schlafly biographer Donald Critchlow discusses the crusader's legacy in light of the conservative movement's success in ending a constitutional right to an abortion. It is a timely reminder of the importance of persuasion in politics. Published July 13, 2022

A local man clears rubble from his house which was destroyed after a Russian attack in a residential neighborhood in downtown Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Monday, July 11, 2022. The top official in the Kharkiv region said Monday the Russian forces launched three missile strikes on the city targeting a school, a residential building and warehouse facilities. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

History As It Happens: To cede or not to cede

Even with no end in sight to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, there appears to be no diplomatic pressure on Ukraine's leaders to cede territory to the Russian invaders. Published July 11, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, marking the 81st anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. (Maxim Shipenkov/Pool Photo via AP)

History As It Happens: Is Putin a fascist?

A major historian of 20th century Europe says Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has earned the fascist label. Does it really matter what we call him? Published June 22, 2022