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Amanda Lotz on How Cable Transformed Television

Amanda Lotz is an American media scholar, professor, and industry consultant, currently based in Australia.

Oliver Double on Alternative Comedy: 1979 and the Reinvention of British Stand-Up

Oliver Double is a former professional comedian who is now a Reader in Drama at the University of Kent.

Suzanne Marchand on Porcelain: A History from the Heart of Europe

Suzanne L. Marchand is an American intellectual and cultural historian of modern Europe.

Old-school news: sensational, moralistic and, above all, sung

News events were regularly put into verse, printed on cheap broadsides and pamphlets, and sung to a familiar tune

The khipu code: the knotty mystery of the Inkas’ 3D records

The Inkas managed to centralise and collapse mathematics, language, accounting and history into a durable and portable recording device.

Can we know what music sounded like in Ancient Greece?

Scholars are finally in a position to propose that Ancient Greek music is likely, after all, to be at the root of Western music.

The urge to share news of our lives is neither new nor narcissistic

Long before mobile phones or even photography, diaries were kept as a way to understand oneself and the world one inhabits.