1. Who knew you could do so much with Shredded Wheat?! Some of the inventive efforts of turn-of-the-century American cooks, whose new “scientific” approach to food would revolutionize American cooking and nutrition - something we’re looking into for our upcoming show on the history of nutritional advice. Take a look at how the show is shaping up and let us know your questions and thoughts! http://bit.ly/1jLgcPk

    Images from The American Kitchen Magazine: A Domestic Science Monthly (July 1899).


  2. For Earth Day, take a listen to our latest show - exploring the history of extinction in the United States. What has the loss of native species meant for our ecosystems and everyday lives? And what lessons can we draw for the future?


  3. We’re talking DINOSAURS on our latest show (all about extinction in America), and we just couldn’t resist sharing this amazing song (listen out for it at the end of the segment!). YOU CANNOT GET IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD!


  4. todaysdocument:

    The Fiftieth Running of the Boston Marathon,  April 20, 1946

    "One hundred and one long distance runners compete in the fiftieth annual marathon race of over 26 miles at Boston in the United States. Among the runners are former winners and young hopefuls. Through the suburbs of Boston the runners make their way. And all eyes are on courageous Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece, who passes last year’s winner. Kyriakides goes on to win in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 27 seconds and gain the laurel wreath."

    Excerpted from: “United News” Newsreel, “Japanese go to polls in first free election [etc.], 1946


  5. Now this has got to be the Mad Men diet! Dubbed “The New Carbo-Cal Way to Lose Weight and Stay Slim,” the low-carb diet promised health, happiness, and a lot of Martinis!

    We’re working on a show tracing the history of nutritional advice, and the Martinis/Whipped Cream diet is a highlight so far! What kind of diet and nutritional advice have you seen come and go? Are there any tips that have stood the test of time?



  6. Every dress worn to the Oscars by a Best Actress winner - a fantastic infographic from Mediarun Digital.


  7. theatlantic:

    How America Pays Taxes—In 10 Not-Entirely-Depressing Charts

    The appropriate thing to say about taxes on April 15 is that they’re absolutely terrible. And yes, sure, they are, in a way. Filling out taxes is miserable (especially considering the IRS could probably do it all for you), watching money leave your bank account stinks, and seeing the difference between your adjusted gross income and your take-home pay is depressing.

    But perhaps more than any other law, taxes are a keen reflection of what we value as a country. You know what you’re paying this year. Here’s some information about where your money’s going—and where it would go if you lived in Spain, or France … or in the U.S. 50 years ago.

    Read more. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

    The Atlantic offers some context - and some history - for Tax Day. Listen to our show "Paying Up" for more on the history of taxes in America.


  8. Ready for ‪#‎TaxDay‬ tomorrow? Or need a soundtrack for some last-minute filing? Take a listen to our show on the history of taxation!

    Image: “An Emblem of the Effects of the STAMP,” Pennsylvania Journal, October 1764 (from the New York Public Library, via Wikimedia Commons).


  9. To mark the beginning of baseball season, Steven Goldman over at SBNation has put together the definitive guide to understanding American history - through presidential first pitches! This post looks at 1910-1945, covering Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and FDR, and we’ve got to say, the pitches alone seem like a pretty good window on presidential style! Also, is it just us, or is there a zombie in the front row at Taft’s game?


  10. As mentioned in our post yesterday, a young lady’s lament for her late pet squirrel, “Phil.” A tragic tale for #SquirrelWeek!

    Read the full text on our blogImage from the Virginia Gazette, December 15th, 1768.