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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...

Who was Steve Jobs’ Steve Jobs? Edwin Land. We explore the life and legacy of the founder of Polaroid. Read more....

You may spend a third of your life asleep… but how much do you know about it, really? Benjamin Reiss walks us through the history of sleep. Read more....

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...

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...

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