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Matthew Schimkowitz

  • Pop Stuff

From Dr. Frankenstein to The Knick: Uncovering the history of the modern day mad scientist

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.

  • Question

Will animals ever talk?

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
  • Film

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.

  • City Index

What are the penalties for public nudity in cities around the world?

What are the penalties for public nudity in cities around the world?

We look at the potential maximum penalties for letting it hang out.

  • Question

Can you cook with pepper spray?

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 is this

What does being a New York Times Bestseller even mean?

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?

  • Design

Documenting Brazil's most famous
designer

Documenting Brazil's most famous 
designer

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
  • Film

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.”

  • City Index

How long does an average marriage last around the world?

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.

  • Question

Is it physiologically possible to dream with someone?

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
  • Science

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.

  • City Index

What are the penalties for protesting around the world?

What are the penalties for protesting around the world?

This week, City Index takes a look at the penalties demonstrators can face.

  • Technology

From Superman to
the Avengers,
how technology spawned your
favorite superheroes

From Superman to 
the Avengers, 
how technology spawned your 
favorite superheroes

Your favorite superhero's powers didn't come out of thin air. Here's the technological history that birthed their origins.

  • Art

A surrealist Second Life designer on the role of pure play

A surrealist Second Life designer on the role of pure play

We talked to Second Life fashion innovator Elif Ayiter about seeking refuge in her own fantastical cyberspace.