Mural displayed at 5pointz, the Graffiti Mecca in Long Island City, New York (2011).

How a Group of Journalists Turned Hip-Hop Into a Literary Movement

Looking back at the golden era of rap writing.
A scene from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Same As It Ever Was: Orientalism Forty Years Later

On Edward Said, othering, and the depictions of Arabs in America.
First lady Melania Trump arrives for the State of the Union address wearing  a Dior pantsuit.

The 1968 Fashion Show, the History Lesson Melania Missed

What the First Lady could learn from the fashion show that was supposed to showcase America First fashion.
Prominent Jewish comedian Mort Sahl (1961).

What Makes Jewish Comedy Jewish?

In the latter half of the twentieth century, American comedy just was Jewish comedy, tamped down to appease audiences.
William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal engage in a contentious debate during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

The Moment That Political Debates on TV Turned to Spectacle

A new documentary explores the infamous 1968 dispute between William Buckley and Gore Vidal.
Screenshot from the silent short film

The Silent Film Returns—on Social Media

Though we may still pop headphones in to watch a YouTube rant, social media has cultivated its own mute visual culture.
David Silver circa 1968 poses with an image from his TV show, “What’s Happening, Mr. Silver?”

Boston’s Most Radical TV Show Blew the Minds of a Stoned Generation in 1967

When a Tufts instructor launched the trippy TV show on WGBH, it was unlike anything viewers had ever seen.
Marilyn Monroe was one of the most famous users of this sexy-baby voice (1956).

An Investigation Into the History of the 'Ditz' Voice

How pitch, tonality, and celebrity imitation have portrayed cluelessness.
Portrait of Fred Rogers, host of the television series 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' circa 1980s.

‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ at 50: Five Memorable Moments

A longtime producer on the popular children's show reflects on some of the highlights.
Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o in Black Panther, 2018.

What Would W. E. B. Du Bois Make of 'Black Panther'?

Considering Du Bois' complex ideas on the role of black artists in the struggle against white supremacy.
The Knickerbocker Baseball Club's influential 1845 rules and regulations.

Baseball's First Stolen Base Exploited a Loophole in the Rulebook

People in the audience thought the player who stole the base was playing a joke.
A Braille playboy magazine signed by blind musician Ray Charles on display at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City (May 18, 2011).

For Years, There Was Playboy for Blind People. A Republican Congressman Tried to Kill It

The government shouldn’t subsidize porn, he argued.