Play Can Tattoos Be Taboo?

When did tattoos shift from counterculture to mainstream? Are they okay? At what point is your tattoo considered cultural appropriation? Explore these questions and more as Danielle dives into the origin of tattoos around the world.

Play How Did Makeup Ads Go From Style to Science?

When did makeup ads become less about beauty and more about science? And is that science even legitimate? Or is it just another ploy by the $445 billion cosmetics industry to get you to buy more products? This week Danielle digs into the history of makeup advertising to find out.

Play Why Do So Many Religions Have Headwear?

Hijabs, yarmulkes, habits, and dastars — why do so many religions have rules about hair?

The practice of covering hair is common across many faiths, so today we're talking about various types of head coverings, their significance, and their use throughout history.

Play How Did Edison Invent Christmas Lights?

Did Thomas Edison pave the way for today's EduTubers? Danielle tracks the path from Edison's Christmas light demonstrations in the late 19th century all the way to the science explainer videos of today.

Play What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is culture? Can it even be appropriated? Is there a difference between appreciation and appropriation? Join Danielle in the theoretical minefield!

Play Modern Warfare and Alien Invasions

What really crashed down to Earth in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947? Can we trust the government when they say it was just a weather balloon? Today Danielle looks at the history of alien conspiracies and what they teach us about the legacy of modern warfare, globalization, distrust of the government, and paranoia about foreign invaders.

Play Why Do We Have Middle Names?

We understand why we have first names and how our surnames tie us to our family heritage, but what's the deal with middle names? What's the purpose of a middle name and when did different cultures start using them?

Play What is Ethnicity?

What's the difference between race and ethnicity? Can a person have more than one ethnic identity? Today Danielle explores the history and evolution of different ethnicities that make up America.

Play What is Racial Passing?

What motivates someone to disguise their race, gender, religion, etc.? Today Danielle explores the complicated history of passing in the United States.

Play Why are Patriotic Songs All the Same?

Why do so many anthems and patriotic songs from across the globe sound the same? Today Danielle joins forces with Cory from 12tone and Moti from The Ling Space to find out what makes a tune suitable for patriotic songs and how those songs are translated into other languages.

Play Why Do We Have Hobbies?

Where did the concept of a hobby come from? And how did humans turn the things they do purely for fun into side hustles and competitions that actually pay the bills?

Play Why Are We Obsessed with Cults?

What is it about cults that captures the public imagination? Why are we so interested in the stories of Jonestown, Charles Manson, and Patty Hearst? Today Danielle explores how these groups entered the public consciousness and why we find it so hard to look away.

Play Why Do We Have Private Prisons?

The US imprisons more people than any other country in the world. Today, Danielle explores why so many Americans are incarcerated and why we've turned to private prisons to hold that population.

Play Why Does the Government Pay for Art?

Is art a public good? Why is the government even paying for art in the first place? Today, Danielle explores the US government's history of commissioning art and how that lead to the NEA.

Play Why Do Students Have So Much Debt?

Going to college in America ain't cheap with each semester costing thousands upon thousands of dollars. How do American students pay for this and how did the price tag get so high? Today, Danielle takes a dive into the student debt crisis and examines the good intentions that led to it.

Play Why Do We Have Housing Projects?

What's the history behind public housing? Why do governments all over the world subsidize housing for the public. Today, Danielle looks at the evolution of housing projects and how the government got into the landlord game.

Play Do We Still Need Libraries?

In the internet age what's the point of libraries? Do we even still need these brick and mortar buildings when a lot of knowledge can be found online? Today, Danielle examines the history of libraries around the world and what role they still play in society.

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