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politics

Those Stupid American Flag Pins May Finally Be Dying Out

Remember when everyone was super angry because Obama didn't pin a tiny flag on his lapel?
Justin Caffier
10 hours ago
LGBTQ

This Artist Collects the Everyday Objects That Define Lesbian Life

Anyone who identifies as lesbian, butch, queer, non-binary, or trans was invited to send personal objects for the display.
Sofia Barrett-Ibarria
2.12.19
Culture

Inside an Early 1900s Attempt to Catalogue All of the Information on Earth

The Mundaneum is more than an antiquated indexing system. It's an ahead-of-its-time testament to the power of information.
Justin Caffier
12.27.18
The Burnout and Escapism Issue

From Fuzz Boxes to AI

Six decades of psychedelics and music in harmony.
Angus Harrison
12.21.18
tv

The Best Thing on TV This Year Was: 'The Americans'

The series finale of this smart show about undercover Russian spies in the 1980s surpassed all expectations.
Kara Weisenstein
12.19.18
Film

In 'Mary Queen of Scots,' Even Queens Are Screwed Over by Men Around Them

The film would have you believe that either Mary or Elizabeth win their duel for the throne. But it's a bit more complicated.
Nicole Clark
12.13.18
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

Bloody Strikes Created the America We're Now Losing to the Super Rich

Here's how hard workers had to fight to have a semblance of dignity in a country obsessed with the gospel of frontier capitalism.
Philip Eil
10.22.18
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
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