• How Cigarettes Became a Civil Rights Issue

    Medical Historian Keith Wailoo's new book argues that tobacco companies have systematically targeted Black communities with advertisements for menthol cigarettes and enlisted Black civil rights leaders to oppose regulations on flavored tobacco sales. 

  • The Dirty History of Soap

    by Judith Ridner

    Evolving from home production utilizing waste to industrial manufacturing using highly engineered ingredients, the making of soap has been a dirty process.

  • As the World Churns

    by Peter Manseau

    The story behind 'Mia,' the Native American woman who was the face on Land O'Lakes butter packaging for almost a century.

  • Abraham Lincoln: President, Emancipator, Corporate Pitchman

    For almost a century, Lincoln Motor Company paid homage to our 16th president in name only – hoping the mere mention of the man who saved the Union and abolished slavery would somehow cast an aura of prestige and integrity over their product and resonate with potential car buyers.In December, however, the automaker began using Lincoln’s likeness in its advertising for the first time. The motor company says the move was not tied to the release of Steven Spielberg’s epic film Lincoln – even though parts of the ad for the new MKZ, in which the president’s likeness emerges dramatically from layers of fog, look as if they could’ve been pulled from the cutting room floor.Instead, the automaker told The New York Times, it’s trying to connect its vehicles to Lincoln’s “fortitude and elegant thinking” — and that the timing with the film’s release was just good luck....