Prison Cell

The Return of Debtors’ Prisons

New lawsuits allege that court officials are jailing people who fall behind on payment of court fees and fines, leading to a resurgence of debtors' prisons.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Pulpit

Judging from his public speeches, Franklin D. Roosevelt--aka FDR--may have been our most religious 20th century President.
Persecution of Gypsies in occupied Yugoslavia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Persecution of the Romani by the Nazis

Like the Jews, the Romani were victims of the Nazi's ideology of race.
Lion hieroglyphs

Leopards, Hippos, and Cats, Oh My! The World’s First Zoo

Hierakonpolis, the capital of Upper Egypt during the Predynastic period, is the site of the world’s first zoo.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton in her later years



Celebrating Feminist Pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We highlight two of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's essays on the bicentennial of her birth.
Campaign Donors

The Five Percent: Looking at Where the Largest Campaign Donors Come From

The majority of campaign donors live in just five percent of the country's zip codes. Here is where they ideologically stand on issues.
Danish flags in Jens Bangs Stenhus, Aalborg

Does Socialism Make People Happy?

Bernie Sanders cites Denmark's social welfare programs as a model. We turn to socialism and see whether he's right.
Thomas Couture - Horace and Lydia

Two Enemies Bound by the Poet Horace

How Horace brought to enemies together during WWII and what role the poet played in the post-war cultural identity of Europe.
Workers are dwarfed by the 10-foot Cardiff Giant as they dig him out of his "grave" in Cardiff, N.Y., in this 1869 file photo. AP Photo/Farmers Museum, HO)

The Cardiff Giant: The Biggest Hoax of the 19th Century

The Cardiff Giant was the greatest hoax in an era of hoaxes.