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9 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Secretly at Home
In November of 1988, Grant Hart visited Chicago to see an exhibition of William S. Burroughs' Shotgun Paintings at the Klein Gallery and Prop Theater's adaptation of The Last Words of Dutch Schultz.
7 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
Sometime around the release of the William S Borroughs album Dead City Radio, the Chicago based ensemble Nihilator, performed a piece inspired by the story Ah Pook the Destroyer.
6 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
You Frighten Me
In the 1980s Fakir Musafar helped popularize body modification. By 2017, 38 percent of young people ages 18 to 29 had at least one tattoo.
7 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
Ken Dunn, founder of Hyde Park's Resource Center, purchased a building at 61st and Blackstone to redistribute discarded goods. In the 2000s, as the Experimental Station, the same building became home to diverse community activities, including a union drive.
8 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
Enjoying Your Dinner
Ohio State has a notorious history of overenthusiastic football fans, especially when it comes to their rivalry with Michigan.
7 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
American Family Insurance
A high school disaster proves fruitful for a course on orality and narrative with Professor James Fernandez.
8 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
I Like That
After the destruction of Flytown, the Short North became the name for the area just short of the Ohio State campus and north of downtown Columbus. Mike's Grill is the oldest bar in the neighborhood, and at one time had a very rough reputation.
9 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
This is An
A PK is a Pastor's Kid. A PGK is a Pastor's Grandkid. A Super PGK has grandparents and great grandparents as Ministers and Divinity School Professors.
5 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
A Very Silly Message
A frequent trope in movies and TV shows, is for someone to give a potential suitor a fake phone number as a way to avoid further contact. One must be careful not to write the number on something of value.
9 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
It's Just That He Lives Downstairs
Living in the city sometimes means dealing with neighbors whose music might be great at a club, but not so great coming from an adjacent apartment.
9 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Before phone books emerged in the late nineteenth century, many U.S. towns had city directories. In recent years, cell phones and the internet have made printed directories obsolete.
6 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Nobody Wants to Answer
In the 1960s Pierre Capretz developed his technique of mixing illustrations and movie clips into his classroom. In 1987, his method was realized in the TV series French In Action, which continues to have dedicated fans.
9 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
The WHPK DJ Arkansas Red is one of many quirky characters in a possible future Wes Anderson film.
7 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Out in California
Disneyland opened in 1955. Although it is not the oldest theme park, its position within a media empire helped create the power of its myth.
7 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
I think of you often
In 1920, the United States ratified the 19th amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. A growing number of women also attend college and join literary societies, where intellectual clashes could be intense.
9 minutes | May 30, 2021
It's a New One
The first radio soap opera was probably Painted Dreams, which began on WGN radio in 1930. The daytime soap reached its peak in 1981, when millions tuned in to watch the wedding of Luke and Laura on General Hospital.
8 minutes | May 23, 2021
Panic Stricken San Francisco
The Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 brought widespread destruction and many deaths, but some who survived found it thrilling.
5 minutes | May 16, 2021
Like George in the Seinfeld episode "The Burning," sometimes you feel there's nothing more to say.
4 minutes | May 9, 2021
I Just Remembered
In the fall of 1989, Marshall Sahlins taught a class titled Structure and History with a level of humor comparable to his brother's Second City Theater.
7 minutes | May 2, 2021
You Big Dummies
The sitcom Sanford and Son starred Redd Foxx as a Junk Dealer in the Watts neighborhood of L.A. A year after its premiere, Sly and The Family Stone released the album Fresh, whose songs can still inspire cheer on the subway.
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