How the lineage of the walkie-talkie reaches from World War II to the modern cell phone.
Chinese immigrants came to the United States to work in cotton fields after the end of slavery.
A lot of people know this by now, but the guy we celebrate every year on the second Monday of October really, really sucked.
It would be extra convenient to skip traffic or the subway every morning and just take the whirlybird to work. But there's a reason that's not really an option.
After the 2015 massacre in Charleston, public officials began removing public tributes to the Confederacy. Will the violence in Charlottesville convince them to finish the job?
Humans have been looking to beat the heat for centuries, trying everything from importing mountains of snow to freezing their underwear.
In 1961, the Soviet Union tested a nuclear bomb so powerful that it would have been too big to use in war. And it had far-reaching effects of a very different kind.
The Nazis thought the residents of a small Polish town were dying of typhus, but in reality it was the work of some brave doctors.
When Selma marchers were awarded the gold congressional medal of honor in 2016, my mother urged my dad to figure out how he could get one. I, his daughter, write about video games for a living.
There are things we never knew, like how bananas are considered the world's first fruit and apples were planted for drinking rather than eating.
Is Marxism just a turn-crank formula for purges and dictatorship or was something else to blame?
The progressive university town feels enough like Eden that it's always been easy to hide a certain amount of blood.
There's a lot of misinformation about North Korea out there which certainly isn't helpful at a time like this. Here's one thing we do know: North Korea is really into accordions. Very, very into accordions.
Not only did the coming-of-age tale set in Southern California launch the careers of director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe, the comedy catapulted Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, and Judge Reinhold into stardom.
"The south lost. They fought for a cause that was to deny the humanity to millions of our American citizens — and that is the history, and it's not going to change."
Every summer, people around the world hit the beach to swim, relax, and soak up the sun, and many of them are wearing tiny two-piece swimsuits. But when did getting a tan become a thing? And how did the bikini become so many women's swimsuit of choice?
During the Cold War, at a single facility, the British military covertly produced enough chemical weapons to kill every person on earth five times over — and in the process dozens of their own were left dead.
Yes, there was repression behind the Iron Curtain. But it wasn’t sexual.
"If police patrolled white areas as they do poor black neighborhoods, there would be a revolution."
How the rich, melty cheese dip conquered Tex-Mex in America.
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