A child smelling flowers

Smelly Science, Gross Bread, and Whale Life

Well-researched stories from Smithsonian Magazine, Public Books, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Grizzly Adams

The True Story of Grizzly Adams

In order to invent a legendary hero of the Wild West, John Adams shook himself free from his life as shoemaker in Massachusetts.
Three women in Salvation Army uniforms

The Fashion of the Salvation Army

Regulated dress promoted unity with the organization and distanced members, especially women, from both secular life and conventional Protestantism.
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Falling Cats, Favela Life, and Brain Magic

Well-researched stories from Sapiens, Psyche, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
A View of the Pearl-Fishery, created for George Henry Millar's The new and universal System of Geography, 1782

African Swimmers in American Waters

Although most enslaved people worked in the fields, captive workers with strong swimming and diving skills were also exploited by plantation owners.
Leonard de Koningh, Self-portrait as a painter, 1864-73

Did Photography Really Kill Portrait Painting?

While some viewed photography as a competitor for their customers, Dutch portrait painters reaped the benefits of the emerging medium.
A platypus receives a health check at Taronga Zoo on June 09, 2021 in Sydney, Australia

Australian Mammals, Dry Rivers, and Upending Settler Colonialism

Well-researched stories from Yale Environment 360, Public Books, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
An illustration of a priest's hands blessing a car

Priests and Cars in Milwaukee

The popularity of the car reshaped Catholicism in the city, forcing churches to adapt their worship practices to attract newly mobile parishioners.
A street scene, 1854

Street Harassment in Victorian London

Middle- and upper-class women complained about “so-called gentlemen” who stared at them, blocked their paths, and followed them as they tried to shop.
Amanda Gorman speaks onstage during the 2021 InStyle Awards at The Getty Center

Cell Shapes, “Poet Voice,” and Learning to Read

Well-researched stories from Aeon, Atlas Obscura, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.