Sausages are served at a picnic at the Greve Cemetery in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Remembering When Americans Picnicked in Cemeteries

For a time, eating and relaxing among the dead was a national pastime.
“Mermaid Club, Philadelphia” members in bathing suits, c. 1915-1920.

Women’s Liberation, Beauty Contests, and the 1920s: Swimsuit Edition

The swimsuit that's controversial now for its sexist overtones was once controversial for its suggestions of women’s liberation.
Wellness + Beauty stand on display at the In goop Health Summit at 3Labs on June 9, 2018 in Culver City, California.

The Late Capitalist Physique

How the perfect body became came to be a fetishized commodity.
Models dance on a runway on September 13, 2005.

American Women's Obsession With Being Thin Began With This 'Scientist'

Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich were hooked on his diet.
A patient uses an exercise machine at the Zander Institute in Stockholm.

The Origins of Cybex Space

Cybex fitness equipment fills gyms around the world. Where did it come from?
Harkness Tower, Yale University (2011).

Have Elite US Colleges Lost Their Moral Purpose Altogether?

The ethical formation of citizens was once at the heart of the US elite college. Has this moral purpose gone altogether?
Google co-founders Larry Page (L) and Sergey Brin (R) rest on bean bags at Google's headquarters on Nov. 11, 2000, in Mountain View, Calif.

“Google Was Not a Normal Place”

A behind-the-scenes account of the most important company on the Internet, from grad-school all-nighters to extraordinary global power.
The Piccirilli Brothers, 1930.

Six Italian Immigrants From the Bronx Carved Some of the Nation’s Most Iconic Sculptures

The Lincoln Memorial, the NY Public Library lions, and the senate pediment of the US Capitol Building are among their creations.

American Beauties

How plastic bags came to rule our lives, and why we can’t quit them.

Podcasting the Past

Why historians should stop worrying and embrace the rise of history podcasts by non-scholars.
Street art of author Virginia Woolf (2018).

The Rare Women in the Rare-Book Trade

When most people hear the term rare books, they imagine an old boys’ club of dealers seeking out first editions, mostly by men.
Aretha Franklin performs the national anthem at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

When Aretha Franklin’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Drew a Torrent of Racial Abuse

Racist critics declared that Franklin ‘crucified’ the anthem at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.