Heroes can often come in unexpected forms. Read about how this musician’s act of courage prevented an accident from becoming a tragedy.
Some legends are ancient, but others have risen more recently. Read the history and inspiration of one of America’s first–and most enduring–ghost stories, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Learn about this incredible author’s commitment to representation and justice through storytelling.
William Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest writer in the English language and now, thanks to modern technology, you can explore some of the most iconic places from the playwright’s life, and the locations said to have inspired him, from the comfort of your own home.
Every year in America, nearly 30 million people visit haunted houses and horror movies bring in over half a billion dollars at the theater. Why do people like to be scared? Watch this video with Margee Kerr about the biology and psychology of being scared—and why being scared can be a good thing.
Thanks to modern neuroscience, we can understand the brain processes that take place we encounter some visual illusions. Explore this collection of popular illusions and find out how they work.
Sometimes it’s best to avoid something you’re afraid of, especially if it’s dangerous. Visit this site to learn about one of the world’s most dangerous sports, cliff diving. Discover some of the sport’s basics, its most famous locations, and why it’s a good idea never to attempt it.
Writer Eileen Gunn explores the pessimistic or optimistic views of science fiction authors and how their stories influence real scientists.
Poe’s death is an unsolved mystery. This article present nine theories for the demise of this famous American writer.
In 2010, a modern version of The Tragedy of Macbeth appeared on PBS’s Great Performances. The star of that groundbreaking production, Sir Patrick Stewart, discusses the choices he and director Rupert Goold made to bring Shakespeare’s work to life on the small screen.
What is the relationship between mosh pits and nature? The answers to that question might surprise you! Two graduate students (who just so happen to be heavy-metal fans) are studying mosh pits to learn about particulate patterns and animal flocking behavior.
Gregg Hecimovich, a professor of English in South Carolina, may have successfully identified the woman who wrote The Bondwoman’s Narrative. The novel is thought to be the first written by an African-American woman. Until now, no one knew the author’s true identity.
How can a piano, left in a public place for anyone to use, bring a community together? Read about this unexpected movement to find out.
Check out this article for a close look at the incredible life and photographs of world-renown photographer, David Yarrow.
Learn about the inspiring life and legacy of this gifted, compassionate photographer.
Read about how a teenage chess wiz takes down a record-holding world champion.
This New York bookstore fills its shelves with immigrant voices.
Learn about this rare edition of the Declaration of Independence as well as the historic collection it comes from.
Click this link to read about the long-standing connection between music and activism in Black American culture, including the vital role of gospel music as a form of protest.
Shakespeare gets his sea legs as the Royal Shakespeare Company preforms iconic scenes aboard cruise ships.