Ethnography

The Curious Reason Why Madrileños Are Called Gatos

A <i>gato</i> is someone from Madrid whose parents and grandparents also came from the city. Because of the high rate of immigration to the capital from …

Culture

The violent Partition of India sparked waves of immigration to England — and brought us a master photographer

Masterji humanized Coventry’s growing community of South Asians, and always put them at ease<p>In 1947, after the partition of India, the first wave of …

Culture

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema

Read an Excerpt<p>SCANDALS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD<p>Chugach Peaks Photography<p>Introduction<p>On July 26, 2006, Mel Gibson—’80s hunk, ’90s director, ’00s …

Charlie Chaplin

In 'Munich,' Neville Chamberlain Gets The Best Of Hitler

Author Richard Harris' new novel <i>Munich</i> takes us back to 1938, to the days before World War II. Of course, we say now that it was before the war — but back then, people weren't at all sure another war was coming.<p>In September of that year, German leader Adolf Hitler demanded parts of neighboring …

Culture

Who Really Designed the American Dime?

The controversy that has long roiled the coin world.<p>When was the last time you looked—really looked—at a dime? It is the smallest coin in U.S. …

Culture

This black woman’s beauty made her a Hollywood star — her fight against racism made her a hero.

After being typecast, marginalized, and refused service, Lena Horne fought back.<p><b>By Erin Blakemore</b><p>In 1949, Lena Horne was one of America’s most …

Culture

Wes Studi On His Cherokee Nation Childhood And How He Discovered Acting

The new film <i>Hostiles</i> tells the story of a U.S. Army captain in the Old West circa 1892. He's spent decades fighting Native Americans and seeing his friends killed, and he's ordered to commit an act of humanitarian relief. The bitter veteran, played by Christian Bale, is tasked with escorting an old …

Culture

Why yes, I do speak Klingon

The new “Star Trek” series is heavily subtitled with dialogue spoken in Klingon — the made-up language of villainous space warriors. The linguist Arika Okrent is a certified Klingon speaker. In her book “In the Land of Invented Languages,” she describes the lure of Klingon and why Earthlings have …

Culture

When Mussolini’s Mafia Buster Cleaned Up Sicily — and Sent Mobsters to America

Gangi, Sicily. The Mafia chief peered through his window into the deserted serpentine streets below. More than 100 of his thugs were hiding in their …

Culture

The Museum That Keeps Now-Obscure Confederate Flags

Beyond the “Southern Cross,” there are dozens of symbols of the Confederacy.<p>Last month Memphis, Tennessee, removed its last Confederate monuments, …

Culture

The Election That Defined What ‘Real Americans’ Ate and Drank

Large, drunken rallies touted a populist who drank hard cider.<p><i>This article is adapted from</i> <i>A Rich and Fertile Land: A History of Food in America</i> <i>by</i> …

Culture

The Little-Known History of Seafaring Pets

From war to exploration to pleasure cruising, pets have often accompanied us on the oceans.<p>It gets hard to tell when you go back that far, but …

Culture

What Shakespeare’s English Sounded Like, and How We Know It

A common joke has Americans overawed by people with British accents. It’s funny because it’s partly true; Yanks can grant undue authority to people …

Culture

'Alternative facts' wins 2017 German 'non-word of the year'

The term, first used by US President Donald Trump's White House team, beat out other offensive terms like "babycaust." The "non-word of the year" …

Culture

France’s Ongoing Quest to Crush English Loanwards

Saying “adieu” to “le smartphone.”<p>The French language police tend not to shoot from the hip. Instead, these guardians of the Gallic tongue will …

Culture

How an Immoral Bet Created Africatown, Alabama

Robert Edward Battles Sr. lumbers along, his bad back hunched beneath his colorful dashiki — a traditional African garment — that flows down to his …

Culture

The Oldest Object in England’s Crown Jewels Is a Spoon

Most of the coronation regalia were destroyed in the 17th century, but the anointing spoon survived.<p>One of the strange things that humans do with …

Culture

Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement

In December 1955, after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and several colleagues formed the Montgomery Improvement Association in protest. That part is well known.<p>Less well-known is the story of Georgia Gilmore, the …

Race & Ethnicity

Annoyed, Frustrated and Outraged? You Need This Nigerian Word

Imagine that you’ve just become the latest victim of identity theft, and after several hours of trying to reach customer service, you still haven’t …

Culture

New film for Berlin's memorial to commemorate persecuted homosexuals

A film by Israeli multimedia artist Yael Bartana will replace the current loop video at the Berlin Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under …

Germany

The Civil Rights Activist Whose Name You've Probably Never Heard

Dion Diamond was sitting at a "whites-only" lunch counter in Arlington, Va., in 1960 when a crowd started gathering around him. At the time, he was a young black man participating in a sit-in at a local five-and-dime store with a group of black and white university students, and they were drawing …

Nazism

Let There Be Light

<i>Or brightness! Or maybe a strong glow? Definitely less shade. (Inside the epic quest to translate the Bible.)</i><p>It doesn’t matter who you are -a Sunday …

Theology

The timeless allure of ruins

Even writers of the ancient world spoke of the wrecks of earlier societies with fear and longing, says Paul Cooper.<p>Mankind has always lived among its own ruins. Since our earliest history, we have explored ruined places, feared them and drawn inspiration from them, and we can trace that complex …

Culture

The First European to Reach Timbuktu … And Live to Talk About It

Maj. Alexander Gordon Laing’s knees dug into the sand. He struggled for breath as an unfurled turban was tightened around his throat. Laing, the …

Culture

Tim Kruger: How Do We Slow Climate Change Before It's Too Late?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> The Big Five.<p><b>About Tim Kruger's TED Talk</b><p>To tackle climate change, geoengineer Tim Kruger is developing technology that could remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere. But he says it takes unprecedented cooperation to make it work.<p><b>About Tim Kruger</b><p>Tim …

Culture

Ski resorts cling on against climate change

Snow comes later, melts earlier, and is not nearly as deep as it was 30 years ago. EU scientists are racing to help winter tourism regions adapt to …

Culture

15 Essential Arabic Slang Words to Talk Like a Local

Culture

The Unlikely Survival of Bees in the Arctic

A new species has been identified in an archipelago once used for Soviet nuclear testing.<p>The queens of Arctic bee colonies are wrapped in luxurious …

Culture

Watch the History of the World Unfold on an Animated Map: From 200,000 BCE to Today

"Where are you from?" a character at one point asks Babe, the hapless protagonist of the Firesign Theatre's classic comedy album <i>How Can You Be in Two</i> …

Culture

The Rubaiyat: History’s most luxurious book of poetry?

In 1909, two London bookbinders were commissioned to create a book that would become one of the most bedazzling the world had beheld. Joobin Bekhrad reveals how it ended up at the bottom of the Atlantic – and how it still influences today.<p>“When the Titanic went down on the night of April 14 1912 in …

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