‘We May Have to Shoot Down This Aircraft’
What the chaos aboard Flight 93 on 9/11 looked like to the White House and the fighter pilots prepared to ram the plane's cockpit.
Mass Barbecue is the Invasive Species of Our Culinary Times
There's room for the haute and folk traditions but the market-driven style taking over is the most problematic.
The American Conservative
The History of How School Buses Became Yellow
Rural educator Frank Cyr had the vision and pull to force the nation to standardize the color of the ubiquitous vehicle.
When “Peanuts” Went All-In on Vaccinations
Charles Schulz used his culturally monolithic comic strip to advocate for public health. But his approach had some serious shortcomings.
When W.E.B. Du Bois Made a Laughing Stock of a White Supremacist
Why the Jim Crow-era debate between the African-American leader and a ridiculous, Nazi-loving racist isn’t as famous as Lincoln-Douglas.
The New Yorker
We’re Getting These Murals All Wrong
The murals have been denounced as demeaning, and defended as an exposé of America’s racist past. Both sides miss the point.
How Google Discovered the Value of Surveillance
In 2002, still reeling from the dot-com crash, Google realized they’d been harvesting a very valuable raw material — your behavior.
Muskets! Axes! Revolt! Here Are the Plans for a Reenactment of an Actual 1811 Rebellion
This fall 500 Louisianans, in 19th-century attire, will re-create America’s largest plantation uprising.
Reflections on a Silent Soldier
After the television cameras went away, a North Carolina city debated the future of its toppled Confederate statue.
The American Scholar
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