From Dr. Frankenstein to The Knick: Uncovering the history of the modern day mad scientist
Hopes&Fears talks with literature professors, psychologists, historians, and sociologists to find out the origins of some of pop culture's most iconic mad scientists.
Will animals ever talk?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with help of people who know what they are talking about. Today we wondered, will Fluffy ever wax existential?
The messy history of the pie fight, from vaudeville to Nickelodeon
A pie in the face knocks everyone down to the same level. Let's take a look at the pie fight in movie history.
What are the penalties for public nudity in cities around the world?
We look at the potential maximum penalties for letting it hang out.
Can you cook with pepper spray?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we find out if you can add a little kick to your cooking using pepper spray.
What does being a New York Times Bestseller even mean?
Being a New York Times Bestseller is a prestigious imprimatur, but getting the coveted label isn't as simple as selling the most books. What does it take? What does it mean? Why is it even a thing?
Documenting Brazil's most famous
If you've never heard of the prolific Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues, documentarian Peter Azen is here to change that.
An epic history of the movie trailer
Charting the rise of the movie trailer from an advertisement to a popular form of standalone entertainment, we break down its history, tropes, "in a worlds" and "BRAAAMs.”
How long does an average marriage last around the world?
This week in City Index we measure up the longevity of matrimonial bliss, up until it ends.
Is it physiologically possible to dream with someone?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we wonder if we can dream together. Really.
From zombies to Mad Max: the real fears behind apocalyptic movies
Apocalyptic movies are often based in real world paranoia. Hopes&Fears sought out the scientific explanations behind some of the biggest doomsday flicks.
What are the penalties for protesting around the world?
This week, City Index takes a look at the penalties demonstrators can face.
From Superman to
how technology spawned your
Your favorite superhero's powers didn't come out of thin air. Here's the technological history that birthed their origins.