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Kamala Harris wore white for a reason during her victory speech. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Fashion

How white became the color of suffrage

Being the media-savvy women that they were, suffragists realized they needed to come up with a meaningful, recognizable brand.
When Frank Conrad broadcast the results of the 1920 presidential election, he had no idea that politics would be forever transformed. Bettmann via Getty Images

Media

100 years ago, the first commercial radio broadcast announced the results of the 1920 election – politics would never be the same

For centuries, people largely read politicians' words. But with the advent of radio, the ability of politicians to engage and entertain became crucial components of their candidacies.
The coronavirus forced the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary to break with tradition. Illustration by Anurag Papolu/The Conversation; dictionary photo by Spauln via Getty Images and model of COVID-19 by fpm/iStock via Getty Images

Language

How COVID-19 is changing the English language

Updates to the Oxford English Dictionary provide a fascinating glimpse into how language changes in the face of rapid and unprecedented social and economic disruption.
On the morning of Sept. 9, San Franciscans woke up to a transformed cityscape. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Film

Why San Francisco felt like the set of a sci-fi flick

The eerie San Francisco skyline evoked sci-fi movies for a reason. Filmmakers are increasingly using color grading to tinge their films with two hues, orange and teal, to unsettle viewers.
It has always been folly to believe that sports were separate from power and politics. AP Photo/Terrance Williams

Sports

The numbers behind America’s 180 on athlete activism

For decades, athletes, as a general rule, steered clear of politics. Teams and sponsors liked it that way, and fans did, too. No more.
It’s a … fire! Illustration by Anurag Papolu/The Conversation; photo by milorad kravic/iStock via Getty Images

Parenting

Why gender reveals have spiraled out of control

Increasingly outlandish gender reveal parties align perfectly with the values of an economy that's always scrolling for the next best thing.
Protestors hold anti-mask signs at a protest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Education Images/Getty Images

Culture

Video: How did mask wearing become so politicized?

A political science scholar explains how political beliefs inform the way we process scientific information.
The J.W. Westcott II is the country’s only floating ZIP code. cactuspinecone/flickr

Cities

A dismantled post office destroys more than mail service

Can you find a FedEx store that mimics the design creativity and quality of early US post offices? What are we left with when the best parts of public life are treated like for-profit entities?

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