Pickles and ice cream have taken on a life of their own.

Hysterical Cravings

How “pickles and ice cream” became the iconic “crazy” snack for pregnant women.
An Elvis impersonator performs at a party.

The Ambivalence of Appropriation

A new book by Eric Lott frames white appropriation of blackness as containing the possibility of greater racial solidarity.
‘Hamilton’ Broadway stars perform in the East Room of the White House on March 14, 2016.

Liberals Love Alexander Hamilton. But Aaron Burr Was a Real Progressive Hero.

Why Broadway's biggest villain is worth a second look.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Broadway show, 'Hamilton,' at the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2016.

Let’s Not Pretend That ‘Hamilton’ Is History

America's founders have never enjoyed more sex appeal, but the hit Musical cheats audiences by making democracy look easy
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.'