Media & Society

Would Marilyn Monroe’s Career (And Life) Have Been Different If She Had Acted on Stage?

On their first evening together, four years before they married, Arthur Miller encouraged Marilyn Monroe to pursue a career on the stage. It was something...




  • Stina Sanders says she lost followers when she went without make-up Instagram, but quickly gained them again (Alistair Stuart Campbell)

    Do You Edit Your Online Life? This Model Says Being Real Is Better

    A no-make-up selfie as she woke up, a snap before her therapy session, a picture with hair removal cream. When Stina Sanders took part in... Read more

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    Winning Games, Losing Life

    If our society had a canary that fell silent when the air became noxious, it would be the young men trading a job and family... Read more

  • Maggie Kuhn, Founder of Gray Panthers, which fought ageism in society.  (Alain Keler/Sygma/Corbis)

    Remembering Maggie Kuhn, Firebrand of the Aged

    Hardly do clenched fists raised high in revolt invoke images of senior citizens. But in 1970, a recalcitrant Philadelphian named Margaret Kuhn started making waves... Read more

  • Members of the protest group Avaaz—dressed as cowboy caricatures of David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch—campaign outside the Houses of Parliament for the Government to implement legislation following the Leveson report in London, England, on Dec. 3, 2012. The activists call for a 20% limit on the percentage of the media one individual can own. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    Ian Hislop’s Right: Murdoch’s Cosy Relationship With Tories Should Be Investigated

    The reciprocal closeness in the relationship between journalism and power is a prominent feature of British political history. In times of war or national crisis,... Read more

  • A blue state historical marker sits outside Grace Kelly's family's home in Philadelphia on Oct. 25, 2012. The Philadelphia home where Oscar-winning actress Kelly grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 is now in the hands of the royal family. Kelly’s son, Prince Albert, tells People Magazine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, he was the recent purchaser of the East Falls home, which he called “very special to our family.” His mother, the beloved actress, died in 1982. (April Saul/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

    Prince Albert Buys Philadelphia Home of Mom Grace Kelly

    PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia home where Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 is now... Read more

  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas senior Alexander Lin held a sign asking for donations towards his college education during the final presidential debate on Oct. 19. (GoFundMe/Random Student)

    College Student Finds Way To Make Over $1,600 During Presidential Debate

    One University of Nevada, Las Vegas student saw an unlikely opportunity to help offset his college costs during the third Presidential debate in Las Vegas... Read more

  • Members of the RCMP go through a decontamination procedure in Vancouver after intercepting a package containing approximately 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of the powerful opioid carfentanil imported from China on June 27, 2016. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)

    Governments Researched Fentanyls as Weapons for Decades

    SHANGHAI—Before appearing in global narcotics supply chains, fentanyl and substances like it were viewed as potential chemical weapons. Scientists struggled to figure out how to... Read more

  • A woman shows how to enter a family bomb shelter in Milwaukee in 1958. (AP Photo)

    How Cold War Anxieties Still Shape Our World Today

    World War II led to the massive mobilization of all the people and resources nations could bring to bear. This was total war on a... Read more

  • Elections and Human Development

    On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the United States will conduct its 58th quadrennial presidential election. Voters will select presidential electors, who in turn will vote... Read more

  • This March 19, 2016, photo released by Victoria J.H. Ritvo shows her husband, Max Ritvo, in Ojai, Calif. (Jose Villa via AP)

    Max Ritvo, Poet Who Chronicled Cancer Battle, Dies at 25

    LOS ANGELES—Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25... Read more

  • The Mixed Bag of Hero Worship

      A long-held belief says that the more things change the more they stay the same. Hero worship exemplifies an unflagging notion of something woven... Read more

  • Police Officer Kay Denton posted a photo on Facebook showing her fellow officers responding to a car accident on the highway on July 30. (Kay Denton/Facebook)

    Here’s Why a Georgia Officer Uploaded Car Wreck Photo on Facebook

    A Georgia police officer’s decision to post a photo of a serious car accident on social media was informed by the need to change the narrative on what she... Read more

  • The Halifax Police Department handed out ice cream cones to unsuspecting motorists on July 29, 2016. (Kevin Lands/Facebook)

    Virginia Police Offer Ice Cream to Pulled-Over Drivers

    When a pair of police officers pulled over several motorists in Halifax, Virginia, on a hot summer day, the weather wasn’t the only reason motorists... Read more

  • A tablet and a smartphone connected on news websites and world newspapers, in Paris, France, on Sept. 12, 2013. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Story of the Nosebleed Decline of the Newspaper Industry Told in Pictures

    The impact of the internet on the newspaper industry has been starkly highlighted by a graph released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It... Read more

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    Social Media Stunts Children’s Morality, Say Parents

    Children are learning more anger and hostility, and less fairness and humility through social media, concerned parents say.  More than half of U.K. parents think popular... Read more

  • Zonas Corn Leaf packaging. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  (Courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History)

    Americans’ Concepts of Health and Beauty Revealed in Smithsonian’s Digitized Collection of Personal Care Products

    “Disfiguring humors, scrofula, humiliating eruptions, copper-colored diseases of the blood”—we might not be familiar with all of these conditions, yet over 100 years ago consumers... Read more

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