The 'Pedestrian' Who Became One of America's First Black Sports Stars
In 1880, Frank Hart wowed audiences at New York’s Madison Square Garden by walking 565 miles in six days.
April 17, 2018
"Native Son" and the Cinematic Aspirations of Richard Wright
Novelist Richard Wright yearned to break into film, but Hollywood's censorship of black stories left his aspirations unfulfilled.
The New Yorker
April 4, 2019
How 'Good Design' Failed Us
What's the role of functionality in design?
The New Yorker
April 3, 2019
The Definitive Oral History of TiVo
How the original DVR paved the way for Netflix and the cord-cutter movement.
April 2, 2019
A Brief History of America’s Obsession With Sneakers
Invented for athletics, sneakers eventually became status symbols and an integral part of street style.
May 18, 2018
A Brief History of Porn on the Internet
Pornographers were in many ways the innovators who fueled the rise of the internet as we know it.
April 9, 2019
On Ribbon and Revolution: Rethinking Cockades in the Atlantic
Examining the Age of Revolutions through one of its most familiar material markers.
Age of Revolutions
March 25, 2019
We Built a Broken Internet. Now We Need to Burn It to the Ground.
Silicon Valley veteran Mike Monteiro explains how designers destroyed the world.
March 31, 2019
This Futuristic Color TV Set Concept From 1922 Was Way Ahead of Its Time
Back in the earliest days of imagining what TV looked like, the appliance was a magic technology.
May 4, 2018
Reliving Johnny Cash's 'At Folsom Prison' at 50: An Oral History
Eyewitnesses to the Man in Black's legendary 1968 concerts at the California prison recall Cash's shining moment.
May 7, 2018
‘Old Town Road’ and the History of Black Cowboys in America
A songwriter-historian weighs in on the controversy over Lil Nas X’s country-trap hit.
April 5, 2019
Why ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Is the Book for Our Social Media Age
Bradbury feared a future in which serious thought and repositories of knowledge would be endangered, and now that future is here.
New York Times
May 10, 2018