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The long-awaited seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise does many things right, not least among which is the fact that the film’s two young leads, John Boyega’s Finn and Daisy Ridley’s Rey, are never shoehorned into gender or racial stereotypes. But has Star Wars always been so progressive? Read more
Rita Moreno is one of only twelve people ever to achieve the coveted EGOT—that is, she’s won awards at the four major awards shows: the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys. Despite her success, however, Moreno tells PBS NewsHour that building her career meant accepting roles that reflected ba Read more
Over on the New Yorker, Kelefa Sanneh writes about a new book by historian Lisa McGirr that argues that we need to rethink our cultural memory of the prohibition of liquor in the United States, which was in effect from 1920 to 1933. Instead of speakeasies, smugglers, and flappers, McGirr argues, we Read more
Over at Flashbak, Paul Sorene digs into the archives to answer a question you may not have ever realized you wanted answered: why did Charles M. Schulz decide to introduce a black character named Franklin to the previously all-white Peanuts gang in 1968, 18 years into the comic strip’s 50-year run? Read more
In November of 1983, Darrell Cannon was taken by three police officers to a parking lot on the South Side of Chicago and tortured. As they hung the man by his handcuffs, the cops pushed an electric cattle prod on his testicles. They stuck a loaded shotgun into his mouth and played mock execution. Th Read more
In yet another piece of evidence for how crucial history is to politics, the New York Times reports that Princeton University is considering removing former president Woodrow Wilson’s name from some public spaces following student protests. Wilson graduated from Princeton in 1879 and served as its p Read more