With the relaunch of this site in 2012, we aim to keep Current as timely as its name.

Now using a content management system for the first time, the site offers more of Current‘s latest stories, sometimes before print publication  and more interactivity, reader comments and social media. As funding permits, we will also offer more of Current‘s archive going back 30 years.

Thanks to a grant from the Wyncote Foundation of Philadelphia, Current.org has been rebuilt by Aardvark Brigade, a web developer in New Brunswick, N.J., with assistance from Carpe Digitem, web consultants in Washington.

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Origins: Current.org was put online in 1995, in the early days of the Web, and maintained for its first 17 years by then-editor Steve Behrens, who helped coordinate the 2012 rebuild. Until the rebuild, our site was hosted on the servers of WHRO, Norfolk, an early leader among stations using the Internet.

For bibliography: Archived articles generally are identical or nearly identical to those published in print. Substantial corrections and other changes from the print versions generally are noted at the end. Expanded versions are noted in the dateline before the article.

To be expanded: At relaunch in 2012 the site contains several thousand articles but only a fraction of what Current has published in 30-plus years. More stories from past issues will be added as funding permits. As a nonprofit service of American University’s School of Communication, Current welcomes financial assistance in digitizing past editions and extending the online archive.

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