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The past is prologue.
The Story Behind the Statue
When did Lebanese Christians Start Speaking French?
The current narrative (and, I am not joking, given by “experts” in international relations, etc.) is that the Lebanese Christians, like…
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
When People Washed Their Hair with Rum
Before there was “no-poo,” there was really, really no ’poo
Hanna Brooks Olsen
Pulling at Threads
What Trump Needs to Know About North Korea’s History
In case you missed it
Up, Up, But Never Quite Away
A journey on the historic San Francisco cable car route
As the Bus Turns
The Runaway Grand Jury
Trump, Dewey and Mueller (Oh, my!)
This brilliant woman pioneered nuclear technology, but her male colleague got a Nobel Prize for it
Lise Meitner is a prime example of the ‘Matilda Effect’
The Matilda Effect
Pat Buchanan: The Father of National Populism
The man who embodied resentment conservatism, from Nixon to Trump.
Jay W. Cobb
These Vintage Photos Show The History Of The Supermarket
Let’s take a walk down the history aisle.
150 years ago, this queer activist invented sexual identity to stage a public protest
But a straight doctor stole the idea and rose to fame
Alexander Hamilton: American Conservative
The early emergence of contrary American political traditions
Jay W. Cobb
The Roaring Conservative ’20s: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover
The 1920s were a high point for conservatism, both electorally and politically… and then the stock market crashed
Luis A. Mendez
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The Case for Radical Technological Optimism
The Bystander Beside Me
Once upon a time in the 1920s, in a small Hungarian town, more than 30 women killed at least 40 people. The town, Nagyrév, was so small…
Damned Souls and How to Write About Them
The Rise of Dystopian Fiction: From Soviet Dissidents to 70's Paranoia to Murakami
Charting the wild progress of literature’s genre-of-the-moment
The most Instagram-friendly architecture trend started with one flashy coffee shop in Los Angeles
Googie design was used to get the attention of a nation of new motorists
Read ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ to understand who we are, now.
If you only read two books to understand what now means, read these.
Present at the Creation: How Pan Wenyuan Connected Silicon Valley and China
Produced in partnership with NewCo Shift.
By the Decade: Notorious 20th Century American Cults
In this installment, we’ll take a look at the American cults that defined their decade. It’s no coincidence that the cults below share some…
How to Cult
He was the first socialist, first limousine liberal, and the first to make excuses
Robert Owen and the pioneering social experiment
Trudy W. Schuett
What will the next iteration of the American flag look like?
It’s been a long time since Old Glory got a facelift
Abandoning American History
On the perils of historical ignorance
Did steam eat the world?
Getting caught in “digital revolution” misses the point.
The day is for the living
Hilary Mantel on writing historical fiction
BBC Radio 4
The Trail of a Lonesome Pine: A Coniferous History
“A green thing which stands in the way.”