Female prisoners at Parchman sewing, c. 1930 
By Mississippi Department of Archives and History [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

A History of Women’s Prisons

While women's prisons historically emphasized the virtues of traditional femininity, the conditions of these prisons were abominable.
croissants with calorie count

Can Information Fight Fat?

New FDA regulations requiring prepared food retailers to disclose calorie content are counting on it to fight fat.
National Geographic photo of David Blehert.

Bats with White Nose Syndrome: An Interview with David Blehert

Blehert interviewed about bats with White Nose Syndrome. White-Nose Syndrome is a fungal disease that's killed over six million bats in the past nine years.
By Unknown; distributed by Epoch Film Co. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Birth of a Nation”: 100 Years Later

The Birth of a Nation—1915's blockbuster hit and the most popular movie of its day—was released 100 years ago this month.
Ghettoized book cover

Ghettoside: Murder & Justice in South LA

Detective Wallace “Wally” Tennelle was a rarity: a cop who actually lived in the South Los Angeles neighborhood where he worked.
William P. Jones

Labor Unions, Public Employees, and Race: And Interview with William P. Jones

An interview with scholar William P. Jones on labor unions, public employees, and race.
Mahogany Valley near Borah Peak Idaho

Can Soil Microbes Help End World Hunger?

Bacteria and genetic research - including soil microbes - may fuel the future of agriculture
Scene of a parade from the 2014 movie Annie.

Our Obsession with Orphans: A Short History from Jane Eyre to Annie

Little Orphan Annie is the latest in a sequence of pop culture foundlings, but America’s orphans of the Great Depression weren’t endearing at all.
Snowpiercer Dystopian Film

Why are Dystopian Films on the Rise Again?

The recent uptick in dystopian films and post-apocalpytic scenarios seems more urgent and more extreme than it has in the past.