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.
Scene from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode

Revisiting the Most Political 'Star Trek' Episode

In 1995, the "Deep Space Nine" installment “Past Tense” stood out for its realistic, near-future vision of racism and economic injustice.
Tom Petty, performing  at the Fillmore, San Francisco, on June 20th, 2016.

“Like Sonny Liston”: An Appreciation of Tom Petty

Patterson Hood argues that Tom Petty achieved perfection in his songwriting... time and time again.
Twitter logo.

A Thread for Auld Lang Syne

Historian and journalist Yoni Applebaum reflects on Twitter's new 280-character limit.
Annie Londonderry, the first woman to bicycle around the world.

How Bicycles Boosted the Women's Rights Movement

Susan B. Anthony said that the bicycle did "more to emancipate women than anything else in the world."
Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016.

“Taking a Knee”: Simple Phrase, Powerful—and Changing—Meaning

Used in military and football slang, the phrase dates back to at least 1960.
Hugh Hefner at the premiere of

Hugh Hefner Was Never The Star of Playboy

Perhaps the only true generalization to make about Hefner is that he is given too much credit for his role in American history.
Filmmaker Ken Burns speaks onstage during the press conference for 'Jackie Robinson', at Langham Hotel on January 18, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

Ken Burns's American Canon

Even in a fractious era, the filmmaker still believes that his documentaries can bring every viewer in.
Members of the New England Patriots kneel as the National Anthem is played before a game at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017.

Politics Has Always Had a Place in Football

The sport was not incidental to the doctrine of segregation. It was one of the pillars on which it rested.
Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem before a game on September 24, 2017.

How the National Anthem Got Tangled Up With American Sports

Like most relationships, it’s complicated.
Earth, Wind & Fire perform during the 15th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, March 6, 2000

The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September' Sustains

How the Earth, Wind & Fire hit "September" came into being, and why it continues to unite the generations on the dance floor.