Kinetic, frighteningly alive, often shot at canted angles, Winogrand's images are almost literally in your face. In their subjects' faces, too: many of the people Winogrand photographed in New York and elsewhere look on the verge of punching him.
Lunar samples hinted at a barrage of debris pummelling planets billions of years ago. Fifty years after Apollo 11, that story is still unfolding.
How major architects of the 1980s and early 1990s brought a new fantastic point of view to the Walt Disney Company's buildings.
Let's start this story, a story about resonant old songs and old prejudices, of dynamite and jazz, of segregation and schools, where so many of these kinds of stories start, so many stories of American racism, in a small town, with white men carrying guns.
You might not think of tipping as a legacy of slavery, but it has a far more racialized history than most Americans realize.
The bicycle, as we know it today, was not invented until the late 1800s. Yet it was a simple mechanical invention. It would seem to require no brilliant inventive insight, and certainly no scientific background. Why, then, wasn't it invented much earlier?
Lurking within the mire of modern UFO lore are the Men in Black — black-suited, mysterious agents of uncertain origin who reportedly intimidate witnesses and abductees into silence.
It's a great call, and unlike anything you've ever heard in American documentaries or film reels. Plus, fun fact, narrating this historic moment in world history for Australian radio helped launch the broadcast career of famed Australian presenter Derryn Hinch.
For a brief moment, the civil rights movement and the space race came together.
Looking back at the original Woodstock festival, which nearly ended in a tragedy that would've far surpassed the riots 30 years later.
With a school desegregation lawsuit roiling Delaware in the 1970s, Mr. Biden led an effort in the Senate to end court-ordered busing.
By the mid-'90s, the American air traffic control system was on the verge of a nervous breakdown: broken equipment, insane overtime, impossibly high stakes.
Glorified for its creative benefits, the pastime has become yet another goal-driven pursuit.
The telephone was a major driver of the development of spelling alphabets.
A century before Einstein radicalized science by exposing the single entity of spacetime as the elemental fabric of the universe, Emma Hart Willard depicted space and time in a unified image in her work.
That we even use the word "busing" to describe what was in fact court-ordered school desegregation, and that Americans of all stripes believe that the brief period in which we actually tried to desegregate our schools was a failure, speaks to one of the most successful propaganda campaigns of the last half century.
Unidentified woman breastfeeding a baby, ca. 1860. Schlesinger Library / Flickr You know the daguerrotypes. Stiff scenes of Victorian families in too much clothing, expressing about as much enthusiasm for one another as one would have for a lamppost. That's why we did a double – no, triple – take
This Depression-era relic will disappear by the end of year. How has it lasted this long, and will anyone miss it when it's gone?
When it comes to some of the phrases we often associate with pirates these days, words such as "ahoy, matey" and "walk the plank," it's mostly more myth than historical accuracy.
Though the 17th-century whaling station of Smeerenburg was in reality just a few dwellings and structures for processing blubber, over the decades and centuries a more extravagant picture took hold.
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