circa 1955:  American humorist and author John Henry Faulk (1913 - 1990), narrates the history of early America in a still from the television program,'They Call It Folk Music.'  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Hearing Harriet Smith

In the University of Texas library, our writer found a previously unknown audiotape of an interview with a woman who'd been born into slavery.

Who Opposes Gun Control?

People who oppose gun control tend to be white, male, Protestant, and living in the West, Mountain states, or South.
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The History of Cremation in Japan

Although Buddhism propelled the popularity of cremation across Asia, its staying power, particularly in Japan, has been for practical reasons.
school suspensions and the racial discipline gap

School Suspensions and the Racial Discipline Gap

The racial discipline gap in school suspensions has lasting educational and social effects.
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Did You Hear the Joke about the Lawyer?

Why lawyer jokes typically involve the killing or maiming of lawyers.
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The Internet Didn’t Doom the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune; Katrina Did

The Times-Picayune had no choice after Katrina but to publish primarily online.
One of the restored Ben Shahn murals at the Bronx General Post Office. Credit Ed García Conde/Welcome2TheBronx.com

Erasing History at the USPS

When the United States Post Office (USPS) tried to sell off historic New Deal sites, scholars and communities protested.
Mervyn Peake

Peake Experiences: Fabian Peake on the Work of His Father, Gothic Fantasy Novelist Mervyn Peake

An interview with the son of Mervyn Peake, author of the Gormenghast trilogy.
Illustration of the Cosmic order by Robert Fludd, the World Soul.

Let Panpsychism Expand Your Mind

An examination of panpsychism's history.