The nation’s first civil rights monument is a mural portraying the interracial audience at Marion Anderson’s famed Freedom Concert of 1939 on the Washington Mall.
Looking at children’s wellbeing in rich countries like the U.S. in 2007, scholars found that inequality may matter a lot more for kids’ lives than absolute income level.
Gambling is one of humankind’s oldest activities. Elaborate technologies and customs have emerged around games of chance. Dice in particular have drawn attention from scholars.
The Victorian era involved a lot of lace. In the face of encroaching industrialism, handmade lace enjoyed a frilly revival—and masked fears about the commodification of female labor.
During Prohibition, American women “made, sold, and drank liquor in unprecedented fashion,” writes historian Mary Murphy.
Giuseppi Verdi’s 1853 opera La Traviata was a shocker when it was first performed. Nineteenth-century audiences didn’t expect to watch a sex worker die of tuberculosis at the opera.
Much has been written about South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, but his newly found photographs offer a news lens through which to consider his writing.
“Ghana tells us that the forces of the universe are on the side of justice… An old order of colonialism, of segregation, discrimination is passing away now.”
Paul Lussier on how to energize people, work with business, and develop solution-focused rhetoric and strategy before it’s too late.
The U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences people to die in prison for offenses committed while under the age of 18.
What’s behind the Australian habit of nicknaming and abbreviating everything? Nicknames may just reveal how Australians see themselves and relate to each other.
Censorship isn’t just redacted text and banned words. What happens when censorship is furtive, flying under the radar as much as possible?
At some point in their lexical histories, lost words’ original meanings died and have been revived into a mere semblance of their former selves.
In the case of envy, social media works in three closely related ways: by increasing proximity, by eliminating encapsulation and by rejecting concealment.
There’s no shortage of online dating sites and apps. But there’s one common problem with these services: they’re all looking at the wrong data. Dating apps should take a hint from Netflix’s algorithm.
Word processing software has not only changed the way we write; it’s changed the way we read. It pays to think about what we want from our writing tools.