In Cold Storage

James W. Hewitt on McCook Nebraska’s tragic Nokes-Hoyt murder case.

In Cold Storage More than forty years after Harold Nokes murdered and dismembered Edwin and Wilma Hoyt, the case still defies explanation. Read More


America’s Whiskey: A History

From big-brand creation myths to the future of the industry.

America’s Whiskey: A History Author Reid Mitenbuler pulls back the curtain on America’s whiskey industry. Read More


10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Statue of Liberty

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty was not a gift from France, for one.

The Statue of Liberty is arguably the most famous sculpture in the world, yet few can recall the backstory of the 151-foot-tall colossus. Read More

Countdown to Zero Day

Countdown to Zero Day

Years before the Iran nuclear negotiations the U.S. wielded Stuxnet, “the world’s first digital weapon.”

Prior to the negotiations that produced the framework of a nuclear pact, the United States attempted to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program using a sophisticated digital weapon—Stuxnet. Read More

This Day in Failure

July 29th

1997: Minamata Bay in Japan is declared free of mercury more than 40 years after its contaminated fish were blamed for a high-incidence of deaths and birth defects.

1973: $180,000 is stolen from Led Zeppelin’s safe deposit box at the Drake Hotel in New York City.

1938: During a pregame interview on WGN Radio in Chicago, New York Yankees outfielder Jake...

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The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search, the probability of success is zero.

- Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison in “Searching for Interstellar Communications” (1959)