To Stop a Deadly Cancer, Turn Everyone Into a ‘Hero’

How Reducing the Stigma Against Hepatitis B Saved the Lives of Asian Immigrants and the Native Born

How have immigrant communities addressed a rampant disease—and maybe beaten cancer?

Some answers to that question lie in the story of a San Francisco campaign against hepatitis B.

Americans of Asian heritage have by far the highest rates of chronic hepatitis B virus infection; while less than 1% of the total U.S. population has “hep B,” one in ten Asian Americans are infected. And San Francisco, with a large population of residents of Asian heritage, has the highest rate of liver cancer in the country, reflecting in part high levels of …

Beware the Propagandist You See In the Mirror | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Beware the Propagandist You See In the Mirror

Americans Are Overwhelmed by Persuasive Messaging, Even as They Bombard Each Other

On any given day, Americans are inundated with persuasive messages, otherwise known as propaganda, from the time they wake up until the time they go to sleep. These messages—their positive …

Why Color TV Was the Quintessential Cold War Machine

The Technological Innovation Transformed How Americans Saw the World, and How the World Viewed America

In 1959, at the height of the space race, Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev stood together, surrounded by reporters, in the middle of RCA’s color television …

Your Edgy Billboard Is My Kid’s Nightmare

What Rights Do We Have to Shield Ourselves from Offensive Outdoor Advertising?

“Mommy?” I look in the rearview mirror at my 6-year-old daughter. Her brow is furrowed and her mouth turned down as she stares at something out the window. “I don’t …

The Posters That Sold World War I

One Hundred Years Later, These Ads Will Still Make You Stop and Listen to Uncle Sam

On July 28, 1914, World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. In Europe and beyond, country after country was drawn into the war by a web …

What the Daisy Commercial Wrought

Mad Men, Volkswagen, and the Birth of the Political Attack Ad

Pundits have branded this primary presidential campaign season as the most vitriolic in history. Negative commercials dominate the airwaves.

How did we get here? Mad Men has the answer, of course.

During …