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A look at early dating

Is  dating dead? Moira Weigel explains how courtship has changed over the years and where it is today. Read more....

Yo-Yo Ma says staying at the top of your game means constantly reinventing yourself. We talked with the cellist about why he's never stopped exploring musical territory.

Lord Byron was the Johnny Depp of the 19th century. Professor Sharon Marcus explains how celebrity has (and hasn’t) changed over the years.

You, too, can become a YouTube star. Variety’s Andrew Wallenstein and Tubular Labs’ Allison Stern tell us why the Internet is the new Hollywood.

A 19th century weather map.

Before the 1800s, our climate was unpredictable, poorly understood, and frightening. Author Peter Moore gives us the untold story of a generation of maverick scientists who finally let us predict the weather. Read More...

A Vermeer in a museum

When was the first time that humans perceived the world as it really was? Historian and author Laura Snyder says it was the in the 1600s, with the development of microscopes. Read More...

The man behind the dictionary

Noah Webster may be the most important founding father you’ve never heard about. Historian Joshua Kendall talks about how Webster helped write the Constitution, invented American English, and was so crotchety we’ve basically forgotten about him. Read More...

popcorn

Inventor Percy Spencer originally worked on radars for Raytheon, but his discovery – and subsequent experiments – produced a household appliance that changed the way we consume food. Read More...

Bottles of Chanel No. 5

Love, loss, and creativity – there’s more to Chanel than just perfume. Tilar Mazzeo, author of The Secret of Chanel No. 5, tells the story behind Coco Chanel and her iconic brand. Read More...

IDF LearJet

A serial inventor’s best-known project burst into flames before being embraced by the rich and famous. Read More...

row of Les Paul Gibson guitars

A shattered arm didn’t stop one guitar player from redefining music and influencing rock & roll for generations. Read More...

Charles Darwin research station

Scientists often live by the mantra “publish or perish.” But one young naturalist kept a revolutionary theory to himself for 20 years. When Charles Darwin finally shared his findings, he faced tremendous criticism, says Sean B. Carroll, the author of The Making of the Fittest. Read More...

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