Illegal Alien: A Short History
Undocumented? Unauthorized? Illegal? After 250 years, we're still debating what to call America’s visa-less immigrants.
Third Gender: A Short History
From ancient Greece to modern Pakistan, the political and cultural emergence of a complex, controversial term.
Lost in America
How America's favorite Chinese dissident burned bridges at NYU and ended up at a pro-life, anti-gay think tank.
The Darknet: A Short History
A look at the Internet's lurid underbelly -- your one-stop shop for weapons, drugs, and illegal pornography.
Geoengineering: A Short History
How hacking the climate came to be seen as our least worst option for averting a global climate catastrophe.
Gamification: A Short History
Why everybody, from corporate titans to terrorists, wants to make life more like a game.
Frontier Markets: A Short History
How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.
Fiscal Cliff: A Short History
How did the phrase become shorthand for Washington's embrace of budget brinkmanship?
Big Data: A Short History
How we arrived at a term to describe the potential and peril of today's data deluge.
‘American Exceptionalism’: A Short History
How did a phrase initially used dismissively by Joseph Stalin become shorthand for who loves America more?
Smart Sanctions: A Short History
How a blunt diplomatic tool morphed into the precision-guided measures we know today.
The ‘Peace Process’: A Short History
Chronicling Israel and Palestine's path to becoming a catchphrase.
War Games: A Short History
How ancient Greek amusements became an indispensable 21st-century military tool.
Track II Diplomacy: A Short History
How the left-field idea of diplomacy without diplomats became an essential tool of statecraft.
BRICs: A Short History
How did a Wall Street buzzword coined by Goldman Sachs become a powerful new bloc in world affairs?