Several varieties of Heinz brand ketchup, along with some smaller brands (2016).

The Ketchup Conundrum

Mustard now comes in dozens of varieties. Why has ketchup stayed the same?
Girls at the Aguilar Branch of the New York Public Library looking at

How Did YA Become YA?

Why is it called YA anyway? And who decided what was YA and what wasn’t?
Christmas carolers (2011).

Baby, Christmas Songs Have Always Been Controversial

Long before “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” holiday songs played a part in the War on Christmas.
The cover art by Burton Silverman for the 1971 album 'Aqualung' by the artist Jethro Tull.

My Dad Painted the Cover for Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung,' and It's Haunted Him Ever Since

His quest to receive proper compensation illuminates the struggle for artists’ rights.
A vintage Christian Dior perfume advertisement (1954).

Our Pungent History: Sweat, Perfume, and the Scent of Death

Throughout the long and pungent history of humanity, smelling healthy has been as delightful as it has disgusting.
A first edition of

The Surprisingly Sad True Story Behind 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'

Copywriter Robert L. May dreamed up Rudolph during a particularly difficult time in his life.
Black Panther, No. 2, Marvel Comics (1977).

Black Panther and the Black Panthers

Much is at stake in understanding the history and relationship between black superheroes and black revolutionaries.
A typical page from the Newark High School paper,

'What Soldiers Are for': Jersey Boys Wait for War

Essays published in a high school paper reflect the boys' efforts to prepare themselves for fighting in the Civil War.
Vicente Fernández in concert.

The 10 Best Songs About Illegal Immigration

Over the past decade, music devoted to the cause of amnesty for undocumented immigrants has flourished across the U.S.
Santa ditched his sleigh for a rocket ship in the 1950s, as seen on the cover of Dell’s December 1959 “Santa Claus Funnies.

A Wonderful Life

How postwar Christmas embraced spaceships, nukes, and cellophane.

No One Writes Great Christmas Songs Anymore

But maybe those midcentury classics weren't really Christmas songs at all.
Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists on the University of Virginia campus the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA, Aug.11, 2017.

The Real Roots of American Rage

The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives—and what we can do about it.