Killing ConspiracyWhy the best conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination don’t stand up to scrutiny.
The Myth of the War of the Worlds PanicOrson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio program did not touch off nationwide hysteria. Why does the legend persist?
A Secret Plot in SyriaAn illustrated account of the 1949 coup—possibly CIA-assisted—that plunged the country into decades of political turmoil.
The Murders of GonzagoHow did we forget the mass killings in Indonesia? And what might they have taught us about Vietnam?
George W. Bush’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Was a Slave TraderA surprising new discovery about the notorious Thomas “Beau” Walker.
Skyjacker of the DayHe had a shotgun, dynamite, a collapsible shovel, a pup tent, candy bars, and a dark-blue parachute. What could go wrong?
Skyjacker of the DayThe grenade-wielding-hijacker-turned-SAT-tutor who evaded the authorities for nearly three decades.
Skyjacker of the DayAnthony Bryant took a plane to Cuba to buy bazookas for the Black Panthers. Fidel Castro wasn’t happy to see him.
The Nazi AnatomistsHow the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics.
The Last Blood Libel Trial100 years ago, a Jewish man went on trial for his life. Inside the most sensational murder case you’ve never heard of.
The Personal PresidentWhy FDR shunned the State Department and instead sent friends and cronies on important diplomatic missions.
When Hillary Was Already HillaryHillary Rodham’s 1969 commencement speech, and the young poetry professor who saw it.
Skyjacker of the Day“I am trying to save America, to save the whole world, because we are all crazy.”
Skyjacker of the DayThomas Robinson hijacked a plane to protest Cuba’s emigration policy. He was 16.
“You Ain’t Never Seen Trouble Till You Lose a Youngun”Life, illness, and death among the tenant farmers of 1936 Alabama, from a newly discovered book by the creators of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
It’s Not About Your Cat PhotosThe government almost always abuses its surveillance powers. That should trouble every American citizen.
Skyjacker of the DayArthur Gates Barkley believed the IRS had overcharged him by $471.78. So he commandeered a jet and demanded $100 million.