A Kraft advertisement in a 1948 edition of the Ladies’ Home Journal.

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.’
Guitarist Link Wray performs at The Village Underground in NYC, 2003.

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.
Handbill distributed by U.S. Forces during the invasion of Grenada	 in 1983.

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.
 Guest host Comedy Central's 'newsman' Stephen Colbert (R) gestures during a performance as US President George W. Bush (C) and Tom Curley of the Associated Press look on at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, 29 April 2006, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

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.
Recording artists Sleepy Brown, Ray Murray and Rico Wade of Organized Noize attend the screening of 'The Art of Organized Noize' during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theatre on March 15, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

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.
1850 map of the Gold Region, California

I Retraced the Gold Rush Trail to Find the American Dream

A disenchanted San Franciscan rides west with a motley crew of pioneers.
Georgia peaches

The Georgia Peach May Be Vanishing, but Its Mythology Is Alive and Well

It's been a tough year for the Georgia peach.
The House of Commons at Westminster, an engraving published as Plate 21 of Microcosm of London, 1808.

Asking the Tough Questions With an 18th-Century Debate Society

Is polygamy justifiable? Is it lawful to eat swine's flesh?
Record label of Paramount 20291 featuring Forgetful Blues by Charley Straight's orchestra. Elvie Thomas's

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie

On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace.
Journalist and novelist Elizabeth Bisland from

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.
A new press-button telephone in 1965.

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

Homeowners used to rush to pick up the phone. What happened?
Helmeted police riot guards drag a rioter away from the scene of violence in Newark.

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