Orson Welles meeting with reporters after the War of he Worlds radio broadcast (1938)

The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic

Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio program did not touch off nationwide hysteria. Why does the legend persist?
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American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural

On the occasion of Halloween, an exploration of previous generations' fascination with ghosts, spirits, and witches.
1962 photograph from the book

The 1960s Photographer Who Documented the Peace Sign as a Political Symbol

Jim Marshall photographed the spread of the peace sign between 1961 and 1968, with his images now published for the first time by Reel Art Press.

Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No

The story of the legendary pitcher and his 1970 drug-fueled no-hitter.
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“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”: The Story of Katie Casey and Our National Pastime

The little-known story of one of the best known sing-along songs, and its connection to women's suffrage.
Carmen Miranda in the 'banana ballet' scene from the film

The Amnesia Plot

How 1940s films reinvented the ways stories are told onscreen.
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You’ll Never See The Northern Lights

"Blade Runner: 2049" portrays a world that is both more terrifying and duller than the world of the franchise's original.
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When Halloween Mischief Turned to Mayhem

Nineteenth-century urbanization unleashed the nation's anarchic spirits.
Charlie Chaplin in the 1915 film
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The Meaning of a Mustache

To shave or not to shave? At the start of the twentieth century, a trend away from facial hair reflected dramatic social and economic shifts.
A bottle of OxyContin in a Hollywood, Florida drugstore.

The Family That Built an Empire of Pain

The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.
Film poster for Gone with the Wind.

How Theaters and TV Networks are Changing the Way They Show Gone With the Wind

After almost 80 years, America is finally rethinking how it screens its favorite movie.
The cricket match played at Hoboken on October 3-6, 1859, between the All England Eleven and the U.S. Twenty-Two.

The Battle Between Baseball and Cricket for American Sporting Supremacy

We could have had a very different World Series.