The U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, has been closed since April 7, 1980. The building remains open to the public as an eerie quasi-museum with anti-American murals, cases showing supposed surveillance equipment collected by the CIA, photographs of the revolution, and rooms recreating suspected secret meetings with staged mannequins. Iranians … Listen now!What on earth do these mannequins have to do with Persepolis?
At first glance, this cowboy comic seems like it belongs on a refrigerator, not preserved in a research library. This is no ordinary eight-year-old’s picture. The creator was none other than Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Literature. Known for complex novels about the ethics of technological progress and … Listen now!Why on earth would someone preserve this drawing in a research library?
This article features the research of Dr. Geraldine Heng, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Imagine you’re a white, Christian pilgrim traveling in eastern Germany during the 13th century. You arrive at the Magdeburg Cathedral and kneel in supplication. As you look up, … Listen now!Why on earth is there a statue of a black African saint in a cathedral in Germany?
They’re all featured in “Apeshit”–a music video dropped this past weekend during Beyoncé and JAY-Z Carter’s tour. The video introduced fans to Everything is Love, a collaborative album celebrating black identity and fame in 2018 America. “Apeshit” was filmed inside the Louvre museum in front of statutes like “The Great Sphinx of Tanis” … Listen now!What on earth do Beyoncé, this sphinx, and Napoléon have in common?
Sylvia Pankhurst, Born Manchester 5 May 1882, Died Addis Ababa 27 September 1960 In front of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia lies the grave of Sylvia Pankhurst, one of the most famous English suffragettes. At 74, Pankhurst moved to Ethiopia at the invitation of Emperor Haile Selassie. … Listen now!Why on earth is an English suffragette’s grave in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia?