A Brief History of America’s Appetite for Macaroni and Cheese
Popularized by Thomas Jefferson, this versatile dish fulfills our nation’s quest for the ‘cheapest protein possible.’
What It Means to Be American
May 29, 2018
An Encore for the Native Americans Who Shook Up Rock ’n’ Roll
The new documentary “Rumble” brings to light often overlooked contributions, starting with the guitarist who invented the power chord.
New York Times
July 31, 2017
A New View of Grenada’s Revolution
The documentary, "The House on Coco Road" tells the little-known story of Grenada's revolution and subsequent U.S. invasion.
New York Review of Books
July 26, 2017
Trump Hasn’t Killed Comedy. He’s Killed Our Stupid Idea of Comedy.
You and I have grown up during a period in which comedy became strangely bound up with truth and virtue. Trump has cut the knot.
July 19, 2017
Bring the Noize
A search for the source of Southern hip-hop’s magic will always lead you to three men from Atlanta, known to the world as Organized Noize.
The Bitter Southerner
June 27, 2017
I Retraced the Gold Rush Trail to Find the American Dream
A disenchanted San Franciscan rides west with a motley crew of pioneers.
The New Republic
March 14, 2016
The Georgia Peach May Be Vanishing, but Its Mythology Is Alive and Well
It's been a tough year for the Georgia peach.
William Thomas Okie
July 20, 2017
Asking the Tough Questions With an 18th-Century Debate Society
Is polygamy justifiable? Is it lawful to eat swine's flesh?
July 24, 2017
The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie
On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace.
John Jeremiah Sullivan
New York Times Magazine
April 13, 2014
Elizabeth Bisland’s Race Around the World
The American journalist propelled into the limelight when she went head-to-head with Nellie Bly on a race around the world.
The Public Domain Review
October 6, 2013
Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore
Homeowners used to rush to pick up the phone. What happened?
Alexis C. Madrigal
May 31, 2018
What One Photographer Saw During the Deadly Newark Riots of 1967
A LIFE magazine story boasted of unparalleled access to those behind the riot, but it took longer for the full story to emerge
July 12, 2017