Volume 72 Issue 8 August 2022

The First Live-Streaming

The théâtrophone premiered in Paris, at the International Exposition of Electricity, on 11 August 1881.

The 51st State?

Puerto Rico’s future might be statehood, independence or more of the status quo, but change is unlikely to be won through voting alone. 

Going, going…Goethe?

The question of reconstruction was a thorny issue in postwar Germany, where celebrations of the ‘glorious’ past took on a different hue. 

Bad Dreams

Divining disaster at Aberfan and beyond, in subjects from nocebos to lost cosmonauts.