history

Drugs

The World's First-Ever Acid Trip Actually Kinda Sucked

A deep dive into Albert Hofmann's personal archives sheds startling new light on a signature moment at the dawn of the psychedelic era.
Mike Jay
12.5.18
Thanksgiving

I Lived Like It Was the 1600s to Understand the Meaning of Thanksgiving

Killing turkeys by hand, pissing in a pot, drinking only alcohol, and eating terrible gruel made me understand what life was like back then, and why we celebrate holidays.
Allie Conti
11.21.18
conspiracy theories

The Strange, Centuries-Long History of Satanic Pedophile Panics

Modern-day conspiracy theories like Pizzagate and 'QAnon' have roots that stretch back to medieval Europe.
Mark Hay
11.15.18
Late Capitalism

America Is Selling Blood for Big Profits to the Rest of the World

It's the most primordial substance there is, so maybe it was inevitable that it would become a commodity more valuable than oil.
Seth Ferranti
10.25.18
Late Capitalism

The Story Behind the Mysterious Guillotine on a Brooklyn Roof

"I don't know if it can kill, but it can definitely maim," the artist who built it told us.
Matt Taylor
10.19.18
Culture

Nearly Every Horror Movie You Love Is Actually About World War I

In his new book, 'Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror,' historian W. Scott Poole argues the Great War gave filmmakers the visual language that make up scary movies.
Seth Ferranti
10.16.18
politics

That Was Then, This Is Too

The parallels between the experiences of Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford have left many who lived through both wondering what world they’re looking at now.
Danielle Tcholakian
10.4.18
politics

Female Rage Has Fueled Our Country's Greatest Political Movements

Rebecca Traister, author of 'Good and Mad' discusses the power of women's rage.
Nicole Clark
10.3.18
HORROR

The Weird and Mystical World of Sleepwalking

Throughout history, sleepwalkers have cooked meals, rode motorcycles, and committed murders—and it happens to far more of us than we think.
Jak Hutchcraft
9.21.18
Books

The Bizarre Untold Origin Story of the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator

How a mother-daughter team created the pseudoscientific quiz that conquered the world.
Nicole Clark
9.5.18
travel

A Real-Life Samaritan Leader Explains What It Means to Be a Good Samaritan

There are less 1,000 Samaritans living in the world today. Community secretary Mabrook Ishaq is one of them. He told us his story.
Mabrook Ishaq
8.30.18
extremism

All the Times Black People (Actually) Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan

You've seen the Chappelle skit and maybe even the new Spike Lee movie, but these IRL cases are even crazier.
Vee Wright
8.10.18
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