Smithsonian Magazine: January 2007
Home to glittering beaches, robust wines, piquant foods and Bilbao's sparkling new Guggenheim Museum, the Basque Country of northern Spain has been riven by separatist violence for decades. Though political tensions linger, terrorists agreed to a cease-fire this past March. Will it mean peace at last?
By Joshua Hammer
Development threatens to block the ancient migration of a herd of pronghorn antelopes in western Wyoming. Without new protections, conservationists say, the speedy animals are running out of time.
By Daniel Glick
A new book argues the case for the mugshot as art
By Katy June-Friesen
There are no holds barred at the annual grudge match in northwest Pakistan's "land of mirth and murder"
By Paul Raffaele
High design in a factory-made home? Michelle Kaufmann believes she holds the key
By William Booth
In the late 19th century, the City of Light beckoned Whistler, Sargent, Cassatt and other young artists. As a new exhibition makes clear, what they experienced would transform American art
By Arthur Lubow
Why a leading expert on the history of timekeeping set out to create a sundial unlike anything the world has ever seen
By Dava Sobel
William Christenberry embraces the impermanent
By Carolyn Kleiner Butler
My Kind of Town
The tentative city the sportswriter grew up in has regained a bit of swagger
By Frank Deford
Phenomena & Curiosities
What's the world's oldest communal ocean reef doing in the Green Mountain State?
By Dick Teresi
Presence of Mind
Stricken by "vile melancholy," the 18th-century critic and raconteur Samuel Johnson pioneered a modern therapy
By John Geirland
From the Secretary
America's most singular sensations are at the National Air and Space Museum
By Lawrence M. Small
The Object at Hand
Did a Native American actress inspire one of Hollywood's most celebrated symbols?
By Owen Edwards
Live Orchids, Japanese art and African masks
By Amy Crawford
From the Editor
Nailing stories from Timbuktu to the Basque Country
By Carey Winfrey
Tree frogs, conservation maps and the northern swordtail fish
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