Joni Mitchell, 1969

Joni Mitchell: Fear of a Female Genius

One of the greatest living artists in popular music still isn’t properly recognized.
Harvey Weinstein at the

Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood's Ugly Casting Couch History

Hollywood in its early days was not the kind of place where powerful men abused their power over women.
Trump-themed artwork adorns a wall at The Daily Show-produced 'Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library,' June 16, 2017.

One Person's History of Twitter, From Beginning to End

Twitter, valuing expansion over principles, achieved its goal of changing the world. But not in the way that it planned.
Girls waiting in line at bath house, New York City (1908-1916)
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Public Baths Were Meant to Uplift the Poor

In Progressive-Era New York, a now-forgotten trend of public bathhouses was introduced in order to cleanse the unwashed masses.
The way people meet their partners has changed dramatically in recent years.

First Evidence That Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society

A new study suggests that online dating is influencing levels of interracial marriage, and even the stability of marriage itself.
An illustration from a 1910 book warning against the dangers of dance halls for young women.
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Jane Addams’s Crusade Against Victorian “Dancing Girls”

Jane Addams, a leading Victorian-era reformer, believed dance halls were “one of the great pitfalls of the city.”
Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escort the Little Rock Nine students into the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. (1957)

At a Moment of Racial Tumult, the Little Rock Nine Inspire an Opera

Sixty years after nine black students integrated Little Rock Central High School, they are becoming the heroes of a new work by Tania León.
Journalist and radio broadcaster Dorothy Thompson sitting at a table surrounded by people (1940)

‘Who Goes Nazi’ Now?

Dorothy Thompson's 1941 paranoid 'parlor game' just as (un) useful today.
A vintage green cardigan sweater worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1993.

When Cardigans Were Battle Attire

This bookish sweater has a violent history.
The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, Teche Bayou, New Iberia, Louisiana.

The Flood Blues

How floods have united people of color from the Gulf Coast states for nearly a century.
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series

How the Cubs Won

Four books contend with the lifting of the 108-year old curse.
The 1960 meeting in Harlem between Fidel Castro and Malcolm X.

When Malcolm X Met Fidel Castro

The history behind the photographs on Colin Kaepernick’s T-shirt.