Frank Hart, taken by an unidentified artist (ca. 1880).

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.
Richard Wright, at his typewriter in New York (1945).

"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.

How 'Good Design' Failed Us

What's the role of functionality in design?

The Definitive Oral History of TiVo

How the original DVR paved the way for Netflix and the cord-cutter movement.
Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike, tinkers with the outsole of one of his early shoe models.

A Brief History of America’s Obsession With Sneakers

Invented for athletics, sneakers eventually became status symbols and an integral part of street style.

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.

On Ribbon and Revolution: Rethinking Cockades in the Atlantic

Examining the Age of Revolutions through one of its most familiar material markers.

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.
The futuristic TV set of 1922 as imagined in the magazine Science and Invention, drawn by sci-fi illustrator Frank R. Paul.

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.
Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison on November 8, 1966.

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.

‘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.
Actress Sofia Boutella and director Ramin Bahrani, of Bahrani's film adaptation of the novel 'Fahrenheit 451,' speak during the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 11, 2018.

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.