Irving Berlin sings and conducts aboard the USS Arkansas, 1944.

‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem

The iconic song was written by, you guessed it, an immigrant (who was also a solider) – and a refugee at that.
A scene from the film adaptation of

This 60-Year-Old Novel About Sexual Harassment Was Ahead Of Its Time

"The Best of Everything" outlined the dynamics and the costs of sexual harassment, decades before anyone talked openly about it.
Freda DeKnight's

Justice Among the Jell-O Recipes: The Feminist History of Food Journalism

The food pages of newspapers were probably some of the first feminist writing many women read.
The nuclear explosion depicted in the television film, 'The Day After,' which coincidentally aired just a few days after NATO's Able Archer 83 exercise (1983).

In the Trump Era, America Desperately Needs a Great Movie About Nuclear Apocalypse

If we want to avoid nuclear war, we'd better start imagining it again.
The AIDS Quilt is laid out on the National Mall July 23, 2012 as part of the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC.

'We Need a Day.' Meet the Man Who Helped Create World AIDS Day

A conversation with the man behind World AIDS Day.

Dana Schutz’s ‘Open Casket’

Should white artists be allowed to depict black suffering?

When the Fourth of July Was a Black Holiday

After the Civil War, African Americans in the South transformed Independence Day into a celebration of their newly won freedom.
The first frozen margarita machine is now part of the Smithsonian.

The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita

A Dallas restaurant owner blended tequila, ice and automation. America has been hungover ever since.
Armed Services Editions were printed in pairs, one atop the other, to make most efficient use of the digest magazine presses.

How the Second World War Made America Literate

The story of the Armed Services Editions.
The cover of

What Happens When Children's Books Fail to Confront the Complexity of Slavery

We need literature that wrestles with the evils of slavery while confronting its complexity – especially when it’s written for children
A Village Voice newspaper stand lays on the ground in the East Village neighborhood in Manhattan, August 22, 2017.

Generations of Village Voice Writers Reflect on the End of Print

The end of an era.
Foucault and Michael Stoneman in Death Valley.

Michel Foucault in Death Valley

Simeon Wade describes visiting Death Valley with Michel Foucault in 1975.