The women who flew troops in and out of the Vietnam War on R&R flights, without any special training or recognition for the role they played. (Featured in Podcast The Newsletter's best moments of 2020)
An essential oils company, built on a myth, that peddles hope to vulnerable customers.
A 1969 McDonald's boycott and the struggle over who controlled restaurants in Cleveland's Black community.
SPAM's double life: punchline for some, comfort food for others.
A hot dog stand with an all American history: immigrant dreams, hucksters spinning tall tales, and big eating.
What a classic April Fools prank has to do with copyright law.
The time Levi's jeans were airlifted into East Germany during the Cold War.
A widow in Napoleonic France who changed the way we drink wine.
How Orange Juice Was Built — 1/14/21
Meet the savvy salesmen who taught us that "not from concentrate" means healthy and orange juice is a key part of a "balanced breakfast."
Remembering the Great Boston Molasses Flood — 1/15/19
When a river of hot molasses flooded a Boston neighborhood 100 years ago, it forever altered the relationship between business and government.
A struggling hamlet and a lake monster: Can 'Champ' help Port Henry? — 12/11/20
Port Henry, NY has been struggling since the '70s. Now, some residents are hoping that a mythical lake monster can provide the economic boost it needs.
Shinnecock Nation Asserts Sovereignty At Sunrise Highway Encampment — 12/2/20
Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation held a month-long encampment along Long Island’s Sunrise Highway, asking the state to recognize Indigenous land rights and support the Nation in its economic development plans.
The Notorious BEC — 10/18/19
How did the bacon, egg and cheese go from bodegas to upscale restaurants menus?
Christmas in New York: The Lights of Dyker Heights — 12/13/19
The history of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn and its relationship with Christmas decorating.