President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Public Broadcasting Act.

The Core Concepts of American Public Broadcasting Turn 50

An analysis of the Carnegie Commission's 1967 report shows that public broadcasting has always been a politically fraught issue.
D. W. Tripp's 1896

At Gilded Age “Poverty Parties,” the Rich Felt Free

This bad old tradition isn’t quite dead.
Tex Avery's

The Surprising History of the Wolf-Whistle

Wolf-whistling has been at the heart of some of history’s most iconic films and cartoons. But is it time to write its obituary?
Student cleans a blackboard on September 5, 2017 at an elementary school.

There's No Erasing the Chalkboard

Blackboards will endure as symbols of learning long after they’ve disappeared from schools.
Trade ad for Beatles' 1964 Grammys

All 213 Beatles Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best

We had to count them all.
Daniel Webster portrayed in an 1886 print.

How Noah Webster Invented the Word Immigration

Noah Webster, author of An American Dictionary of the English Language published in 1828, invented the word "immigration."

The History of 420, in Three Acts

There are many theories about the origin of 420, but five guys named Waldo started it all.
Elvis Presley at RCA Records, Dec. 1, 1955.

Acquitting Elvis of Cultural Appropriation

His groundbreaking rock-n-roll was neither 'thievery' nor 'derivative blackness.'
A lithograph depicting the famous Salem Witch Trials made in 1892.

An Embarrassment of Witches

What's the real history behind Trump's 'witch hunt' tweets?
Civil-War era envelopes. (1861-1865)

When the Government Refused to Use Slavery to Recruit Soldiers, the Media Had No Qualms

With questionable motives, America finally saw black Union soldiers living and dying alongside their white countrymen.

A Spoonful of Sitcom Synergy: 25 Years of the "Disney Episode"

Why don't TV families go to Disney World as much as they used to?
A screenshot from the music video for

Every Song of the Summer Since 1958

Each year there is one undeniable 'song of summer'.