An Awesome History of Food as a Weapon, in Cartoons
September 29, 2014

Eve gave Adam the apple and it was all downhill from there.

What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?
September 20, 2014

Studying history with hypotheticals.

The Strange Case of An 18th-Century Sex Change Surgery
September 17, 2014

A chance discovery leads to one of the earliest known instances of the operation.

Was the Spiritual Father of the GOP Actually a Democrat?
September 14, 2014

A new history of Lincoln's Republican Party may find favor with liberals, but seems to leave out many details.  

When 'Mistress' Meant 'Mrs.' and 'Miss' Meant 'Prostitute'
September 12, 2014

In the 18th century, ‘Mrs.’ was more likely to indicate a businesswoman than a married woman.

Why Has the American Literary Canon Admitted So Few Historians?
September 06, 2014

Two mid-century scholars finally get their due

Why Britain Created Monarchies in the Middle East
August 15, 2014

When was the most stable time in recent Iraqi history? Most likely it was during the British-sponsored Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1921 to 1958.

The Story Behind the Ancient Map That Invented Red and Blue States
August 09, 2014

The country was just as polarized 125 years ago—except the colors were upside down.

What Andrew Wyeth Could Teach Modern Doctors About Practicing Medicine
August 04, 2014

Andrew Wyeth rocketed to success after painting his sick, handicapped neighbor Christina.

Ira Glass Is a Philistine for Saying Shakespeare Sucks, But He's in Good Company
July 30, 2014

There's a long list of famous writers (Tolstoy!) who insulted Shakespeare's work.