The History of Pain Is Racist, Sexist, and Classist
June 20, 2014
Speculation about the degree to which human beings and animals experienced pain has a long history.
This Is the Team That Actually Invented Total Football
June 11, 2014
They did it in stadium known as Wankdorf (some things a nine-year-old doesn't forget).
This 19th Century Map Could Have Transformed the West
June 08, 2014
Today's drought-riven west would look very different if Congress had listened to John Wesley Powell
History Turned the Romanov Sisters Into a Fairy Tale. Here's What They Were Really Like.
June 02, 2014
How the famous family battled destiny.
One untrained artist filled the American demand for maps that could explain a world at war.
How Gin Made British Colonialism Possible
May 16, 2014
Colonies, thank goodness, are mostly out of fashion; gin, thank a higher power still, is not.
The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything
May 11, 2014
The battle in Ukraine means everything
Gerry Adams's arrest awakens a journalist's awful childhood memories.
Thomas Jefferson Was a Muslim
April 25, 2014
In the smear campaign before the U.S. presidential election, a candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. The time was the 18th century, not the 21st.
These Newsreels Tell the History of the 20th Century
April 23, 2014
Eighty-five thousand historic newsreels were uploaded to YouTube. The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Films tells you what to watch.