Senator McCarran greeted by a group of men in front of a plane.

What Nevada Stole from Its Indigenous People

Senator Pat McCarran’s vision for the desert carried a tradition of dispossession into the mid-20th century.
Clara Bow

Taylor Swift’s Homage to Clara Bow

The star of the 1920s silver screen who appears on Taylor Swift’s new album abruptly left Hollywood at the height of her success.
Formal portrait photo of Destin Jenkins.

Public Thinker: Destin Jenkins on Breaking Bonds

“What if we identified the politics of municipal debt as circumscribing political horizons and futures?”
A mural advertising the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay.

Sports Gambling Could Be the Pandemic’s Biggest Winner

But it probably won’t be the savior some expect.
Aerial view of a mining quarry

The Land Was Ours

Trump, Biden, and public lands.
A covered wagon in the grass.

The Deadly Temptation of the Oregon Trail Shortcut

Dying of dysentery was just the beginning.
A UFO in front of hills

More UFOs Than Ever Before

What explains the apparently sudden spike in intergalactic traffic after WWII? If Cold War anxieties are to blame, why have sightings persisted?
Black and white image of Alice Paul, broadcasting from her desk at the Capitol, 1923.

Why the Fight Over the Equal Rights Amendment Has Lasted Nearly a Century

Passage of the ERA seemed like a sure thing. So why did it fail to become law?

In Search of Arborglyphs

A look into Basque tree carvings in the Sierra Nevada mountains.