CommunicationBroadcasting, journalism and the written word
Silent Spring turns 50 this month, but Rachel Carson's ecological game-changer was not always the beloved green bible it is today
September 04, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The Milwaukee Police are tackling crime with creativity and great web design
August 27, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
See how British cryptologists cracked the coded message that propelled the United States into World War I
August 21, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
A half-century ago, a U.S. military test lit up the skies and upped the ante with the Soviets.
August 15, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Voted female athlete of the 20th century, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four gold medals while pregnant with her third child
July 31, 2012 | By Gilbert King
In a five-part exploration of the ever-growing human population, now sitting at 7 billion and expected to hit 9.3 billion by 2050, Los Angeles Times reporter Kenneth R. Weiss, describes how the world may, finally, be on the cusp of diffusing the still-ticking time bomb.
July 24, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The area between New York City and Philadelphia is the most densely populated in the country. Yet documentary filmaker and environmental journalist Jared Flesher managed to pinpoint what he calls "the last green space" situated between these metropolises, depicting it in the new film "Sourlands."
July 19, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
John D. Rockefeller Sr. epitomized Gilded Age capitalism. Ida Tarbell was one of the few willing to hold him accountable.
July 05, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The legendary writer for Sports Illustrated dishes on, among other things, the changing relationship between athletes and the journalists who cover them
June 27, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Rudolph Valentino fought a long battle against innuendo about his masculinity right up until he died. But now he seems to have won
June 13, 2012 | By Gilbert King
American troops tuning in to wartime German radio broadcasts found themselves listening to one of Hitler's strangest experiments: the swinging sounds and virulently pro-Nazi lyrics of Charlie and His Orchestra
May 17, 2012 | By Mike Dash
In the early 1950s, few Americans knew much about organized crime. But Sen. Estes Kefauver, a Democrat from Tennessee, changed that with a series of hearings that turned into a television extravaganza.
April 18, 2012 | By Gilbert King
As polio ravaged patients worldwide, two gifted American researchers developed distinct vaccines against it. Then the question was: Which one to use?
April 03, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The man who brought The King to global fame kept his own past secret. But what exactly was Tom Parker hiding?
February 24, 2012 | By Mike Dash
A collection of historic front pages shows how civilians experienced and read about the war
January 10, 2012 | By Jeanne Maglaty
Coya Knutson won a seat in the U.S. House in 1954 but was undone by a secret she brought to Washington
December 29, 2011 | By Gilbert King
When the million-dollar movie comedian faced a manslaughter charge, the jury was indeed scandalized—at how his reputation had been trashed
November 08, 2011 | By Gilbert King
The horror movie franchise is just the latest in a long history of movies using so-called "recovered" films
November 02, 2011 | By Daniel Eagan
From Mrs. Miniver to Avatar, how big studio films have influenced public opinion
October 24, 2011 | By Daniel Eagan
A new boxed DVD set examines the history of the West in films.
September 21, 2011 | By Daniel Eagan