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Idea/History

Far-distant days: the past has a dizzying power to ground us

Ben Thomas

Essay/History

Agony in the agora

Democracy, by nature, is a contest between clashing political desires. That is why the public square matters so much

Saul Frampton

Idea/History

Populism now divides, yet once it united the working class

Adrienne Petty

Essay/Beauty & Aesthetics

The sea was never blue

The Greek colour experience was made of movement and shimmer. Can we ever glimpse what they saw when gazing out to sea?

Maria Michela Sassi

Video/Demography & Migration

Painted frame by frame, a vivid animation restores a history lost to deportation

6 minutes

Video/History

The amazing and awful outcome of releasing 1.5 million balloons into the sky

7 minutes

Idea/Sports & Games

Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism

Kate Raworth

Essay/History

America’s hidden philosophy

When Cold War philosophy tied rational choice theory to scientific method, it embedded the free-market mindset in US society

John McCumber

Idea/History

Concentration camps reveal the nature of the modern state

Dan Stone

Idea/Anthropology

Ancient ruins keep being ‘discovered’: were they ever lost?

Christopher Begley

Idea/History

The American housewives who sought freedom in Soviet Russia

Julia Mickenberg

Essay/History

‘Here we are all the same’

The US Constitution guaranteed freedom of religion, but the fight for religious equality was only just beginning

Richard D Brown

Video/Travel

Castles, croquet and kilts: on the tour bus from China through the photo ops of Britain

10 minutes

Idea/History

The strange story of inventing the ‘bastard’ in medieval Europe

Sara McDougall

Idea/History

The Nazis as occult masters? It’s a good story but not history

Peter Staudenmaier

Idea/History

For centuries European aristocrats proudly claimed foreign ancestry

Blake Smith

Video/Gender & Sexuality

How a once overlooked civil-rights leader became an icon of gay marriage equality

16 minutes

Essay/Political Philosophy

Theory from the ruins

The Frankfurt school argued that reason is dangerous, mass culture deadening, and the Enlightenment a disaster. Were they right?

Stuart Walton

Essay/History

Why the Tudors still rule

The Tudors are always good box office, but their melodramatic lives distract from a much deeper legacy of civic nationhood

Anna Whitelock

Video/History

Albania built 750,000 bunkers for a war that never came. Now what?

24 minutes

Essay/Politics & Government

American dreaming 3.0

Embrace dreams as a counter to the naive realism of politics today, and they could become a potent democratic force

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Idea/History

The Malmedy trial: how the truth trumped fake torture stories

Steven P Remy

Essay/History

Resist or collaborate?

The Nazis have occupied France. It’s easy to condemn the collaborators. But be honest: what would you really do?

Robert Gildea

Essay/Politics & Government

Democracy needs politeness

Autocrats shouted, cursed, and bullied, while American revolutionaries used politeness as a tool of radical politics

Steven Bullock

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

How a tiny group of insects escaped extinction by hiding in a bush for 80 years

20 minutes

Idea/War & Conflict

Wars are not won by military genius or decisive battles

Cathal J Nolan

Essay/History

The taboo of menstruation

All around the world, and throughout history, women have been shamed, sequestered, and medicalised for bleeding regularly

Janie Hampton

Idea/Ethics

It is sometimes right to fight in an unjust war

Victor Tadros

Essay/War & Conflict

The legend of the Legion

His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?

Robert Twigger

Essay/History

A much-maligned Mughal

The great king Aurangzeb is among the most hated men in Indian history. A historian claims he’s been unjustly demonised

Audrey Truschke