PeopleThese influential artists, celebrities, leaders and scholars have shaped our world
The beloved actress takes to the stage as a witty Molly Ivins just in time for election season
October 12, 2012 | By Amy Henderson
A new Web site called Art.sy recommends art based on a visitor's preference for a particular artist or artwork
October 12, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
When Upton Sinclair ran for governor of California in 1934, new media were marshaled to beat him
October 11, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Just when naturalists began to suspect that birds might be dinosaurs, one researcher put forward a truly strange idea of what early bird ancestors would have looked like
October 11, 2012 | By Brian Switek
Microbiologist Zachary Copfer has created detailed portraits of famous artists and scientists in petri dishes
October 10, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Did T. rex use its tiny arms to do push-ups?
October 10, 2012 | By Brian Switek
This week at the Smithsonian, daily screenings, the best of American cuisine and new arrangements of Chinese folk songs
October 08, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Inspired by the work of Cornell scientists, Los Angeles-based Jessica Rath creates sculptures and photographs of the autumn fruit
October 05, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Conservators at the National Gallery Art restored Gilbert Stuart portraits of our founding figures, making them look good as new
October 05, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
This weekend, a 99-year old judo legend, a scientist who studies the sun and a season-opener with the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society.
October 04, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
See the results of 98-year-old Irving Olson's kitchen experiments
October 03, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Paleontologists have named scores of dinosaurs, but why is T. rex our favorite?
October 03, 2012 | By Brian Switek
The museum hosts the U.S. premier of a blockbuster show from the controversial artist
October 03, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
What are the key dos and don'ts the candidates should remember when campaigning for the White House?
October 03, 2012 | By Kenneth C. Davis
Did ancient priests fool visitors to a sulfurous subterranean stream that they had crossed the River Styx and entered Hades?
October 01, 2012 | By Mike Dash
This week, music and finds from Kazakhstan's nomadic past and daily, guided tours
October 01, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Mark Twain prowled the rough-and-tumble streets of 1860s San Francisco with a hard-drinking, larger-than-life fireman
October 2012 | By Robert Graysmith
A new portrait of the founding father challenges the long-held perception of Thomas Jefferson as a benevolent slaveholder
October 2012 | By Henry Wiencek
In this exclusive transcript from the JFK library, hear what he had to say just days after announcing his candidacy for the presidency
October 2012 | By Ted Widmer
Jim des Rivières' portraits of moths capture the insects' exquisite patterns
September 28, 2012 | By Megan Gambino