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Wombat Poop, Black Archives, and Hell on Earth

Well-researched stories from Black Perspectives, Wired, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Black Women, Black Freedom

Celebrating Black History Month with a look at the role of women in movements for liberation.
American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the the 59th inaugural ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Black Memes, Patriotic Education, and Vocal Tricks

Well-researched stories from the New York Times, Vox, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Celebrating Black History Month

JSTOR Daily editors pick their favorite stories for Black History Month.
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Zora Neale Hurston

In a controversial letter, the versatile author expressed frustration with critics of segregation.
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Catnip, Conspiracy, and Forest Defense

Well-researched stories from Science Magazine, Knowable Magazine, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Eating Worms, Keening, and Sea Shanties

Well-researched stories from The Guardian, Nursing Clio, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
A man holding a confederate flag at the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

A New “Lost Cause,” Rhinos on the Edge, and Moon Water

Well-researched stories from CNN, the New York Times, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Jefferson’s Jesus, Protest Photos, and Ancient Ice

Well-researched stories from The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Verbatim: Jonas Salk

Virologist Jonas Salk led the team that developed the breakthrough vaccine for polio. He was also a social critic.
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What We’re Reading in 2020

Funk music, floating cities, poetic prose, and a return to the classics.
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Happy New Year!

Why do we celebrate on the 1st of January? Do financial incentives help you stick to resolutions? And other burning questions.
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Most Popular Stories of 2020

Crocodiles in Egypt, latrines in Rome, two timely syllabi, plus interviews with an epidemiologist and a theoretical physicist, were readers' favorites this year.
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Best of Suggested Readings from 2020

Well-researched stories about the upside of public shaming, the octopus's sense of taste, and more from publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Our Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2020

This tectonic year brought shocks to the world, and though we don't know how it'll all shake out, we hope we've brought you nerdy joy.
Puritans Going To Church By G.H. Boughton

Puritans, Altered Science, and Paradoxical Sunflowers

Well-researched stories from The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Bernadette Mayer

Stories That Got Lost in 2020’s Erratic News Cycle

No matter how hard you work on a story, especially this year, it might get overlooked. Here are 20 that deserve more love.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie (1921 - 2000) addresses a Drop The Debt rally in Trafalgar Square, 13th June 1999.

Debt, History of

From debtors' prison to student loan debt, six stories from the archive.
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Murderous Elves, Silent Moths, and Modern Phrenology

Well-researched stories from Atlas Obscura, Physics World, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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An AI Bot is Clogging Our Submissions Inbox

So naturally, we thought of all the kind stories we've written about artificial intelligence over the years. We take it all back!
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Lakota Dogs, Virginia Woolf, and Warm Clothes

Well-researched stories from Sapiens, Public Books, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Tab Cola, Advent, and Conspiracy Theories

Well-researched stories from The Conversation, Aeon, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Statues

The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Home Owners' Loan Corporation's Map of Detroit, 1939

Redlining, Scrolling Exhaustion, and Down Syndrome

Well-researched stories from Wired, The Atlantic, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Eight Poems of Gratitude

Let us pause now and give thanks.