Idyllic neighborhood on lakefront at dawn.

Sprawl, Body Odor, and Disaster in Beirut

Well-researched stories from NPR, The Guardian, and more great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Lady Duff Gordon

World War I Austerity Couldn’t Stop the Fashion Show

To the designer Lucile, luxury consumerism was a virtue as wartime economies struggled.
City of Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium poster promoting testing for tuberculosis, 1939

What Happened to U.S. Public Health?

After the Civil War, support for public health measures was high. Now, some people blast them as part of the "nanny state."
A 1960 advertisement for Woodbury Soap

Clean Skin, Ancient Microbes, and Mom Shame

Well-researched stories from The New Yorker, Wired, and more great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
A woman hiking in the Southwest

How Harassment Keeps Women off Hiking Trails

For many women, the pleasures of solitude in the outdoors must be weighed against the possibility of harassment.
Interior of a London Coffee-house, 17th century

The News Junkies of the Eighteenth Century

Hooked on viral news (or is it gossip?), today's Twitter hordes owe a lot to history's coffeehouses.
A plastic dinosaur

T. rex Physics, Lost Vegetables, and Coming Dystopias

Well-researched stories from Wired, Atlas Obscura, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Bella Abzug for Mayor Button, New York City 1977

Bella Abzug Began Her Career as an Anti-Racist Lawyer

As an outspoken lawyer, the future congresswoman defended a Black man accused of raping a white woman.
Pro-police demonstrators argue across a temporary barricade during a protest outside the Governors Mansion on June 27, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota.

Is Political Backlash Real?

Many people assume that strong movements for minority rights provoke backlash at the polls. But some scholars have doubts.
Former champion Takeru Kobayashi bites a hot dog as reigning champion Joey Chestnut (L) speaks at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest official weigh-in ceremony July 2, 2009 in New York City

Hot Dogs, Mourning, and Native Oklahoma

Well-researched stories from CNN, Maclean's, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.