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The Lesson of 1998
When feminists provided cover for the President. And the effect it had on us all.
Watch: This unsettling color footage shows a 1944 Japanese American incarceration camp
A rare peek in vivid Kodachrome, filmed the day the camp was closing down
The newspaper ad that changed everything
Charles Manson, Cult Leader Behind Tate-Labianca Murders, Dead at 83
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Charles Manson, Unhinged Pop Culture Figure
The Manson family murders in 1969 have inspired legions of writers, filmmakers and other creative types for decades.
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My Gramps Fought Nazis. This is His Story.
A chronicle of the 69th Infantry Division.
The Nobodies of History
A ramble, eventually getting to Romans and Facebook
The Shanghai Story: Mahjong, Computers, and Adversity
Behind one of the ’80s most popular computer games is a story about how a man paralyzed in an accident found purpose in an early computer.
The Strangeness of the Colchicum
Tracing the history of the autumn crocus, from murder weapon to medicine
Shady funds through foreign powers, digging up dirt, and an election won: the Nixon playbook
His re-election committee was known as CREEP, and he feels too relevant
Diapers: Unwrapping the Dirty Truth
The parental search for convenience throughout history
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The Founding Fathers Were Terrible at Personal Finance
They were brilliant and fearless — declaring independence and creating a new nation — but they also struggled with debt
50 Years Ago, Afro-Puerto Ricans Redefined New York With the Black Arts Movement
“The first moment of my writing had to do with the self responding to the politics of his of being, or the politics around him,” confessed…
How to Measure Ghosts: Arthur C. Nielsen and the Invention of Big Data
This is a story about ghosts. About how the technological networks of the twentieth century made us more distant, and yet more connected…
A Brief History of Attention
From Brexit to Climate Change: How Social Networks Lead to Echo Chambers
The structure of social networks can shed light on society in many ways. From racism to politics to religious extremism, the complexities…
Social Network Theory
Reflections on Mugabe, Cecil Rhodes, and Zimbabwe’s colonial past
There has been a coup in Zimbabwe, and Robert Mugabe is no longer in charge. Unless the US news cycle skips this completely — because we’re…
How immigrants changed design
Is the Occult Evil?
Or, at least, not very nice?
In the Dark
Beyond the Facts
A brief, 20,000-year history of timekeeping
As clocks got more accurate, we had to redefine the second.
The Man Who Defamed Edgar Allan Poe
How a literary rival created a fake image of one of America’s most-beloved poets.
This Is Your Period on Drugs
Throughout history, the mystery of menstrual pain has been treated with cocaine, liquor, and even opium. Now, cannabis is taking center…
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The War to End All Wars
World War I caused every major conflict of the last century, including the current one with North Korea
These photos of the bonkers Sunset Strip are a content kaleidoscope of the last 50 years
And the Marlboro man watched over them them all…