Vibrant graffiti found on the side of a wall highlights the prominence of hip-hop in contemporary culture.

The Syncopated Geography of Hip-Hop

Music scholar Katya Deve explores the history and geography of hip-hop.
The feared Great white shark swims near the surface.

Blood in The Water: Four Dead, A Coast Terrified and The Birth of Modern Shark Mania

A series of deadly shark attacks by the Matawan Man-Eater shook New Jersey and prompted President Wilson to declare war on sharks.

The Death and Life of the Instant-Print Camera

The iPhone era has ushered in a new fondness for analog photography that has turned clunky cameras into necessary accessories.

The First Film Ever Streamed on the Internet is Kind of Crazy

Beekeeping, alien planets, and the limits of narrative as technology.
Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World, by Andrea Barnet.

Coming to Terms With Nature

Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters in the ’60s.
A colonial woman spinning in the kitchen.

Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, Jamestown Women

A new British television series, Jamestown, set off a minor public debate about just how rebellious women could be in the past.
Sign for Piggie Park BBQ.

America’s Most Political Food

The founder of a popular South Carolina barbecue restaurant was a white supremacist.

The Historical Roots of Blues Music

The blues is not "slave music," but the music of freed African Americans.
The female senators of the 110th U.S. Congress (2007).

Why Women Couldn’t Wear Pants on the Senate Floor Until 1993

Two political pioneers staged a "Pantsuit Revolution."
The Hutchinson Family Singers in 1845.

How The Hutchinson Family Singers Achieved Pop Stardom with an Anti-Slavery Anthem

"Get Off the Track!" borrowed the melody of a racist hit song and helped give a public voice to the abolitionist movement.
A map of Wyoming, with the locations of both Sheridan and Gillette marked.

The Old West’s Muslim Tamale King

How a South Asian immigrant became a Wyoming fast-food legend and received American citizenship - twice.
A replica of the house from

Little Government in the Big Woods

Melissa Gilbert's lost bid for Congress and the forgotten political history of 'Little House on the Prairie.'