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.
Women participating in a physical education class at the University of Southern California (circa 1920).

The Physical Education of Women is Fraught With Issues of Body, Sexuality, and Gender

A new book, ‘Active Bodies,’ explores the history.
Jackie Robinson joins a picket line in Cleveland, Ohio, to protest discrimination against blacks at southern lunch counters, 1960.

Before Trump vs. the NFL, There was Jackie Robinson vs. JFK

Years after he integrated the MLB, Robinson publicly badgered John F. Kennedy on civil rights.
Charles Lucas and Iris Hall in a scene from Oscar Micheaux's

Who Was the Most Prolific Black Filmmaker of the Silent Film Era?

Who was the most prolific African American filmmaker of the silent film era? That’s a question that has us asking, “were there any?”

All 89 Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked

From the meh (A Beautiful Mind) to the stunningly beautiful (Moonlight), and the classic (All About Eve) to the god-awful (Birdman).
President Nixon meets with Sammy Davis, Jr. to discuss the administration’s program to control drug abuse, July 1, 1971.

Hollywood Has Always Been Political. And it Hasn’t Always Been Liberal.

Conservatives have used celebrity glitz effectively, too.
Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing.

In the Dark All Katz Are Grey: Notes on Jewish Nostalgia

Searching for where I belong, I find myself cobbling together a mongrel Judaism—half-remembered and contradictory and all mine.