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The Surprisingly Sad True Story Behind 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'

Copywriter Robert L. May dreamed up Rudolph during a particularly difficult time in his life.
Black Panther, No. 2, Marvel Comics (1977).

Black Panther and the Black Panthers

Much is at stake in understanding the history and relationship between black superheroes and black revolutionaries.
A typical page from the Newark High School paper,

'What Soldiers Are for': Jersey Boys Wait for War

Essays published in a high school paper reflect the boys' efforts to prepare themselves for fighting in the Civil War.
Vicente Fernández in concert.

The 10 Best Songs About Illegal Immigration

Over the past decade, music devoted to the cause of amnesty for undocumented immigrants has flourished across the U.S.
Santa ditched his sleigh for a rocket ship in the 1950s, as seen on the cover of Dell’s December 1959 “Santa Claus Funnies.

A Wonderful Life

How postwar Christmas embraced spaceships, nukes, and cellophane.

No One Writes Great Christmas Songs Anymore

But maybe those midcentury classics weren't really Christmas songs at all.
Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists on the University of Virginia campus the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA, Aug.11, 2017.

The Real Roots of American Rage

The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives—and what we can do about it.
Philip Johnson (2002).

Philip Johnson Was Very Nazi

A new biography of the architect shows why it’s hard to ignore the authoritarian characteristics of some of his most celebrated work.
A portait of actress Mabel Normand, who also was a movie director (1917).

Thrills, Tears and the Real Gone Girls of Cinema

Women always have been behind movie cameras, but their work is often ignored. A BAMcinématek series helps set the record straight.
New Harmony, a Utopian attempt, depicted as proposed by Robert Owen.

What Can We Learn From Utopians of the Past?

Four nineteenth-century authors offered blueprints for a better world—but their progressive visions had a dark side.

Literary Hoaxes and the Ethics of Authorship

What happens when we find out writers aren't who they said they were.
Cover of The Rolling Stones'

The Most Important Album of 1968 Wasn’t The White Album. It Was Beggars Banquet.

It saved the Rolling Stones, altered the trajectory of music history, and turns 50 this week.