The Wild & Wacky History of Trending

dancemarathonWe’ve all heard of or even participated in the weird trends that go viral – planking, the cinnamon challenge or the ice bucket challenge. But the viral nature of bizarre things is nothing new, it’s been happening for decades, even before the internet. Here are some curious trends that happened long before the world wide web.

Reporting, voicing and reenactments by: Julia Alsop, Sarah Barrett and Steve Trader
Produced by: Gwynne Hogan













Photo via Wikimedia Commons/ Library of Congress.

The Reality of Eugenics




By Frank Green and Julia Alsop

A new exhibit at NYU is trying to get people to think about eugenics—so that they realize how much eugenics continues to inform the way we see the world. Credit: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

A new exhibit at NYU is trying to get people to think about eugenics—so that they realize how much eugenics continues to inform the way we see the world. Credit: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.




U.S. history is inextricable from the history of eugenics. We passed an immigration law in 1924 to keep out Asians and Jews and Southern Europeans because we wanted to keep their genetic material out of this country. And we sterilized people who were already here if we thought their kids might have mental problems.

Today, we associate that sort of thing with the Nazis. But NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute reconstructed Long Island’s eugenic’s office to remind people that eugenics is still with us. That we abort the vast majority of fetuses that’d be born with down syndrome is kind of eugenical — it’s eugenical that we screen the unborn at all. Eugenics is fundamentally about trying to fit people into a worldview, rather than shaping the world around the people. And we’re still doing that.

Queers on Screen

Kevin Kline, IN & OUT (1997).

Kevin Kline, IN & OUT (1997).

Producer/reporter Thad Komorowski chatted with actor Kevin Kline about his starring role in the 1997 Frank Oz film In & Out. Did it feel important at the time? Did they make a conscious effort to not stereotype gays? Find out in Thad’s full interview.




Reporter Julia Alsop produced this montage of queer moments throughout the history of Hollywood. What are your picks for iconic GBLT in film?