Food stamps were born out of a surplus of food

November 15, 20186 min

6 min
William Rehnquist's proposal to Sandra Day O'Connor

November 14, 20185 min

5 min
The first lady who couldn’t get her memoir published

November 13, 20185 min

5 min
Joachim Ronneberg, the saboteur who crippled Nazi atomic bomb project

November 12, 20185 min

5 min
America and warfare were never the same after World War I

November 9, 20184 min

4 min
Wong Kim Ark's Supreme Court fight to defend his birthright

November 8, 20186 min

6 min
How the Greeks once used a lottery system to select government officials

November 7, 20185 min

5 min
The makings of an electoral heist

November 6, 20186 min

6 min
Rahm Emanuel, Howard Dean and the midterm elections of 2006

November 5, 20185 min

5 min
Fall back, spring forward

November 2, 20183 min

3 min
Mary Ann Van Hoof and the Marian apparitions

November 1, 20186 min

6 min
Close encounters with the Capitol’s Demon Cat

October 31, 20184 min

4 min
How Pittsburgh's Mister Rogers talked to children about tragedy

October 30, 20186 min

6 min
New York's mad bomber

October 29, 20187 min

7 min
The sword pulled from history

October 26, 20184 min

4 min
A Love Supreme: Ruth Bader and Martin Ginsburg

October 25, 20186 min

6 min
The unstoppable Fannie Lou Hamer

October 24, 20185 min

5 min
The Sultan of Swat wasn’t always known as a slugger

October 23, 20184 min

4 min
Big Bird and the genius inside

October 22, 20186 min

6 min
Woodrow Wilson's secret letters to another woman

October 19, 20185 min

5 min
The metamorphosis of Jackie O

October 18, 20186 min

6 min
The body of Emmett Till

October 17, 20184 min

4 min
The photographer and the busboy

October 16, 20185 min

5 min
The Romanovs, Russia's "odious" autocratic family

October 15, 20185 min

5 min
The gory origins of the Waterloo teeth

October 12, 20184 min

4 min
How the teddy bear was born

October 11, 20184 min

4 min
The first black female White House reporter who held the powerful accountable on civil rights

October 10, 20185 min

5 min
The teenage girl who caught a Nazi monster

October 9, 20186 min

6 min
The complicated history of swimsuits and Miss America

October 8, 20185 min

5 min
The Nazi assassin who wore braids

October 5, 20185 min

5 min
The surprising history of the 25th amendment

October 4, 20186 min

6 min
In the 1850s, navigating Ice Alley was deadly for ships

October 3, 20185 min

5 min
America’s forgotten Iranian hostage

October 2, 20184 min

4 min
The heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse

October 1, 20183 min

3 min
How accusations against Supreme Court nominees were once handled

September 28, 20184 min

4 min
The man and the coconut that saved JFK

September 27, 20184 min

4 min
Rosie the Riveter isn’t who you think she is

September 26, 20184 min

4 min
The presidential pardon the country never forgot

September 25, 20185 min

5 min
How Anita Hill’s testimony led to the Year of the Woman

September 24, 20185 min

5 min
The thin-skinned president who made it illegal to criticize his office

September 21, 20185 min

5 min
The photographer who helped end child labor in America

September 20, 20185 min

5 min
Only half of George Washington’s Supreme Court nominees showed up on time

September 19, 20185 min

5 min
Winnie and Nelson Mandela’s marriage survived prison but not freedom

September 18, 20184 min

4 min
The day the nation's capital welcomed the KKK

September 17, 20185 min

5 min
The search for the anonymous author of a 1996 political novel

September 14, 20185 min

5 min
The surprise hurricane that devastated the Florida Keys

September 13, 20184 min

4 min
How a solar eclipse made Albert Einstein famous

September 12, 20184 min

4 min
The rookie pilot who was ready to give her life on Sept. 11

September 11, 20185 min

5 min
Abraham Lincoln says he owes everything to his ‘angel mother’ and ‘mama’

September 10, 20185 min

5 min
The story of Charlotte from ‘Charlotte's Web’

September 7, 20185 min

5 min
Roe v. Wade’s forgotten loser

September 6, 20184 min

4 min
The French aviators who almost beat Charles Lindbergh

September 5, 20184 min

4 min
The campus massacre before Kent State

September 4, 20185 min

5 min
The time the United States illegally deported 1 million Mexican Americans

September 3, 20185 min

5 min
The Quaker abolitionist who was disowned for condemning slave owners

August 31, 20186 min

6 min
Ida B. Wells, the woman who never gave up

August 30, 20185 min

5 min
How a Supreme Court clerk changed the decision on Clay v. United States

August 29, 20185 min

5 min
Colonel Blood, the scoundrel who tried to steal Great Britain's crown jewels

August 28, 20183 min

3 min
Being a maverick almost stopped John McCain from becoming a public servant

August 27, 20184 min

4 min
Colonel Blood, the scoundrel who tried to steal Great Britain's crown jewels

August 27, 20183 min

3 min
Paul Jennings, the former slave who disputed a legend from history

August 24, 20184 min

4 min
What Operation Pied Piper taught us about family separations

August 23, 20185 min

5 min
No one cared about Reagan’s famous line

August 22, 20183 min

3 min
Martin Van Buren’s emoluments-clause dilemma

August 21, 20185 min

5 min
How Harry S. Truman went from being a racist to desegregating the military

August 20, 20185 min

5 min
The long-lost 'Laws of Baseball'

August 17, 20184 min

4 min
The congressman who shot a waiter

August 16, 20184 min

4 min
The time Truman met with Stalin and it went well

August 15, 20184 min

4 min
Meet Paul Manafort’s century old forefather, who also liked fancy suits

August 14, 20184 min

4 min
Meet Paul Manafort’s century-old forefather, who also liked fancy suits

August 14, 20184 min

4 min
An aviation flop was a stamp collector’s dream and the U.S. Postal Service’s nightmare

August 13, 20184 min

4 min
How Mister Rogers talked to children and families about tragedy

August 10, 20186 min

6 min
The storied past of Alderson federal women’s prison

August 9, 20184 min

4 min
Rebels, turn out your dead!

August 8, 20184 min

4 min
The Saturday Night Massacre

August 7, 20184 min

4 min
The dark history of the pill

August 6, 20184 min

4 min
Meet Yvonne Burke, the first congresswoman to give birth in office

August 3, 20183 min

3 min
The unlikely start of the Boy Scout movement

August 2, 20184 min

4 min
How the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the Rothschilds began

August 1, 20184 min

4 min
The first campus shooting

July 31, 20184 min

4 min
How God became part of the pledge

July 30, 20184 min

4 min
How a textile shortage led to the invention of the biknini

July 27, 20184 min

4 min
The complicated story of Linda Brown and the fight for desegregated schools

July 26, 20183 min

3 min
The time a senator won an Emmy for grilling witnesses at a hearing

July 25, 20184 min

4 min
The rainless flood that destroyed a city

July 24, 20184 min

4 min
How a renovation made the Supreme Court a friendlier place

July 23, 20184 min

4 min
The Mountaintop

July 20, 20184 min

4 min
The most romantic day

July 19, 20183 min

3 min
The night America burned

July 18, 20184 min

4 min
All the presidents' ghosts

July 17, 2018

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Don't mess with Harriet Tubman

July 16, 20184 min

4 min
The epic bender that launched America

July 13, 20183 min

3 min
A Supreme Court justice morally opposed abortion, but voted to legalize it

July 12, 20185 min

5 min
Eartha Kitt confronted the president and it nearly ruined her career

July 11, 20184 min

4 min
Oregon, America’s first and only state to begin as "whites-only"

July 10, 20184 min

4 min
How Eleanor Roosevelt invented the modern idea of a first lady

July 9, 20184 min

4 min
The time America invaded Britain

July 6, 20184 min

4 min
The teen who tied a Virginia election

July 5, 20183 min

3 min
Thomas Jefferson's last letter

July 4, 20183 min

3 min
The U.S. government recruited black men to watch them die

July 3, 20184 min

4 min
The deaf men who helped NASA send humans to space

July 2, 20183 min

3 min
That time we thought an asteroid might kill us all

June 29, 20183 min

3 min
The femme fatale

June 28, 20184 min

4 min
The first congresswoman’s vote

June 27, 20185 min

5 min
How Hollywood’s first major blockbuster revived the KKK.

June 26, 20184 min

4 min
The first pride parade

June 25, 20183 min

3 min
The oldest surviving banjo recording

June 22, 20185 min

5 min
The worst presidents

June 21, 20185 min

5 min
Doughnuts, the most patriotic of the junk foods

June 20, 20183 min

3 min
The first shark attacks

June 19, 20184 min

4 min
Between Lincoln and Washington, only one was a great poet

June 18, 20184 min

4 min
This security guard discovered the Watergate break-in, but nobody remembers him

June 15, 20183 min

3 min
Thomas Jefferson’s iftar dinner and the long history of Ramadan at the White House

June 14, 20183 min

3 min
The biscuit tin

June 13, 20183 min

3 min
Before Loving, another interracial couple fought to marry

June 12, 20183 min

3 min
The Jedwabne massacre

June 11, 20183 min

3 min
Tennis's first goddess

June 8, 20183 min

3 min
The White House makeover

June 7, 20183 min

3 min
The Order of the Day

June 6, 20184 min

4 min
The “temporary insanity” legal defense started with an affair

June 5, 20184 min

4 min
History’s most fascinating misquote

June 4, 20183 min

3 min
Mourning Bobby Kennedy

June 1, 20185 min

5 min
The black power protest that shook the world

May 31, 20182 min

2 min
LBJ's political bombshell

May 30, 20185 min

5 min
One broadcast helped turn Americans against the Vietnam War

May 29, 20184 min

4 min
The performance that saved Johnny Cash's career

May 28, 20184 min

4 min
Publishers hated ‘A Wrinkle in Time,' and Madeleine L'Engle never forgot the rejections

May 25, 20184 min

4 min
When Ronald Reagan visited a family targeted by the KKK

May 24, 20183 min

3 min
The Nazi stone

May 23, 20184 min

4 min
Elaine Brown, the first and only woman to lead the Black Panther Party

May 22, 20183 min

3 min
The man who filmed JFK's assassination

May 21, 20183 min

3 min
Princess Diana's final hours

May 18, 20184 min

4 min
The enigmatic Prince Phillip - separating fact from fiction

May 17, 20184 min

4 min
Wallis Simpson, the last American divorcee who married a British royal

May 16, 20183 min

3 min
The truth is out there

May 15, 20184 min

4 min
John Brown's prophecy

May 14, 20183 min

3 min
She spent years fighting to create Mother's Day, and then lost everything trying to protect it

May 11, 20183 min

3 min
The Sullivan Brothers

May 10, 20183 min

3 min
Lee Harvey Oswald's final hours before killing Kennedy

May 9, 20183 min

3 min
To Ban a Mockingbird

May 8, 20184 min

4 min
The original Alcoholics Anonymous book was auctioned for millions, but its author was never paid

May 7, 2018

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May the Fourth be with you

May 4, 20185 min

5 min
The battle between Old Waddy and the press

May 3, 20183 min

3 min
Were the Duke of Windsor and Adolf Hitler friends?

May 2, 20183 min

3 min
Need a job? Ask Ulysses S. Grant

May 1, 20183 min

3 min
How the Doomsday Clock came to be

April 30, 20183 min

3 min
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day was once just for daughters

April 27, 20182 min

2 min
These guys were college jocks - and then became Presidents of the United States

April 26, 20184 min

4 min
The only person Hitler loved

April 25, 20184 min

4 min
Philly’s plumbing innovation

April 24, 20183 min

3 min
Chillicothe, Missouri, the town that invented sliced bread

April 23, 20183 min

3 min
Barbara Bush’s remarkable commencement address

April 20, 20184 min

4 min
The day anti-Vietnam War protesters tried to levitate the Pentagon

April 19, 20183 min

3 min
The history of epic North Korean insults

April 18, 20182 min

2 min
Hate the IRS? Blame Abraham Lincoln

April 17, 20183 min

3 min
The mother who made George Washington miserable

April 16, 20184 min

4 min
Why Thurgood Marshall asked an ex-Klan member to help him make Supreme Court history

April 13, 20183 min

3 min
A letter from home

April 12, 20183 min

3 min
Was Mary Todd Lincoln a leaker?

April 11, 20184 min

4 min
Winifred Stanley

April 10, 20183 min

3 min
The invention of sarin

April 9, 20183 min

3 min
The spy plane

April 6, 20184 min

4 min
The toughest job in politics

April 5, 20182 min

2 min
The day Martin Luther King Jr. died

April 4, 20187 min

7 min
The Mountaintop

April 3, 20184 min

4 min
The books the presidents read

April 2, 2018

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Egg Roll

March 30, 20183 min

3 min
The girl who struck out Babe Ruth

March 29, 20183 min

3 min
The first daughters

March 28, 20184 min

4 min
Meet the Press

March 27, 20183 min

3 min
The man who won World War II

March 26, 20184 min

4 min
The children's crusade

March 23, 20184 min

4 min
The forbidden question

March 22, 20183 min

3 min
The crooked picture

March 21, 20184 min

4 min
Lawn wars

March 20, 20184 min

4 min
Dr. Spock

March 19, 20184 min

4 min
Then they came for me

March 16, 20184 min

4 min
The godfather of bracketology

March 15, 20183 min

3 min
The Limping Lady

March 14, 20183 min

3 min
The first female marine

March 13, 20182 min

2 min
The trials and tribulations of being a cat

March 12, 20182 min

2 min
Fall back, spring forward

March 9, 2018

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The glass ceiling

March 8, 20183 min

3 min
How are you, Grandmama?

March 7, 20183 min

3 min
The night America burned

March 6, 20183 min

3 min
And the winner is...

March 5, 20184 min

4 min
Special delivery!

March 2, 2018

0 sec
The woman behind Lisa Ben

March 1, 20183 min

3 min
The houses built by slaves

February 28, 20183 min

3 min
How the NRA began

February 27, 20184 min

4 min
The rise of supermarkets

February 26, 20183 min

3 min
The Green Book

February 23, 20184 min

4 min
The ice queen

February 22, 20184 min

4 min
Mrs. Graham

February 21, 20184 min

4 min
The electric rivalry

February 20, 20184 min

4 min
All the president's ghosts

February 19, 20183 min

3 min
Don't mess with Harriet Tubman

February 16, 20184 min

4 min
When Olympic silver beats gold

February 15, 20184 min

4 min
The most romantic day

February 14, 20183 min

3 min
The best birthday card ever

February 13, 2018

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