The murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February rose to national attention last week. Footage was released of two armed white men pursuing and attempting to detain Arbery for a crime there was no evidence he’d committed. With Georgia’s “citizen’s arrest” law wrongfully cited as a defense, it could be time to look into […]
For many it’s become an essential product, one constantly scoured for, with some even resorting to brewing their own at home. Today on “What’s the Word,” Adam Schuster takes us through the history of sanitizer, looking into its mysterious origin story and its present status as an invaluable safeguard from illness. [image by Pabitra […]
With the recent backlash over his comments about potential treatments for COVID-19, the president’s advisors continue to push for a reduction in his daily press briefings. This week on “What’s the Word,” Adam Schuster takes a look at the history of the White House press briefing, its origins in the 19th century and its ever-evolving […]
We’re approaching one month of stay-at-home orders here in Wisconsin, and for a lot of people the walls feel like they’re closing in. That’s why this week on “What’s the Word,” Adam Schuster turns us to the phenomenon of “escapism,” looking at the earliest uses of the word and the reasons why our “low-brow” entertainment […]
As the novel coronavirus continues to surge around the country, fears are mounting about just how high unemployment levels will rise. This week on “What’s the Word,” Adam Schuster looks at the history of unemployment in this country, and how today’s ongoing crisis fits within it.
We’re all trying to stay positive right now, and for some, the old adage “laughter is the best medicine” is ringing a little truer than usual. This week on “What’s the Word,” Adam Schuster takes us through the history of humor and its role in society, from Ancient Greece to the jesters of the Renaissance, […]