Episode 13

177: Lawn Order

In communities across America, lawns that are brown or overgrown are considered especially heinous. Elite squads of dedicated individuals have been deputized by their local governments or homeowners’ associations to take action against those whose lawns ...

Episode 35

176: Hard to Love a Brute

No matter which James Bond actor is your favorite, it's undeniable that the Sean Connery films had the best villains. There’s Blofeld, who turned cat-stroking into a thing that super-villains do, and then there's Goldfinger—Bond’s flashiest ...

Episode 24

175: The Sunshine Hotel

The Bowery, in lower Manhattan, is one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods. It’s been through a lot of iterations. In the 1650s, a handful of freed slaves were the neighborhood's first residents. At the time, New York ...

Episode 14

174: From The Sea, Freedom

In 1933, delegates from the United States and fourteen other countries met in Montevideo, Uruguay to define what it means to be a state. The resulting treaty from the Montevideo Convention established four basic criteria for statehood—essentially, ...

Episode 14

173: Awareness

By the late 1980s, AIDS had been in the United States for almost a decade. AIDS became the number one killer of young men in New York City, then of young men in the country, then ...

Episode 18

172: On Location

So many classic movies have been made in downtown Los Angeles. Though many don't actually take place in downtown Los Angeles. L.A. has played almost every city in the world, thanks to its diverse landscape and architectural ...

Episode 10

169: Freud’s Couch

In 1889 Sigmund Freud was still relatively new in his field. He’s what we’d call pre-freudian Freud. He was 33 years old, working as an assistant to another psychiatrist, and he hadn’t had any of his ...

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