In 1957 the Soviet Union beat the United States by launching the first satellite. A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.
Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.