History Sparks and the Strike

This week back in 1827, a chemist based in Stockton-on-Tees, England, made a striking discovery. Learn about John Walker's accidental invention of the friction match, and then light up your night with these brilliant matchstick cocktails.

Richard Lawson and the Hugging Machine

Richard Lawson, Senior Writer for The Atlantic's arts and culture channel, The Atlantic Wire, tells us about a few brilliant, lonely students who've turned a coat into a hugging machine.

Just Desserts 196: Listener Corrections

Every host makes the occasional mistake - misreading a recipe, seating enemies across from each other, laying out the wrong forks - but when we make them on the show, our listeners kindly tip us off to the errors. So, this week, we hear your updates on pasty popularity, culturally-sensitive sneeze responses, and adult juice boxes.

At the Sundance Film Festival, John Cooper is your inside guy

The Sundance Film Festival is one of the foremost showcases of new independent movies in America. John Cooper has been involved with the festival for 24 years and is now its director -- making him one of the most influential guys in independent film.

Coney Island Cyclone and The Thunderbolt

  [The Cyclone now  sits on the site of the first ever roller coaster – Switchback Railway – on Coney Island in New York.]   It was the late 19th century and LaMarcus Adna Thompson was losing his mind. He was a natural carpenter and inventor but somehow he’d ended up in the pantyhose business. […]

Did I just steal a newspaper?

Is it okay to take the newspaper section with you to continue reading or is this a theft from the community bin?