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Please excuse the delay of your print issue.

While you wait, the December 2021 issue is available for you to download or view online.

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To our readers:

There’s a good chance you have experienced bare shelves in stores, online product shortages and shipping delays over the past few months. Smithsonian magazine is not immune from these problems. Due to covid-related labor shortages in our printing plants and longer delivery times for U.S. mail, we are now facing unprecedented delays in getting the latest issues of our print magazine to your home.

We want to reassure you that your new issue is on its way. But we know no one likes to wait! In the meantime, we’d like to offer you digital access to the December issue. You can read a PDF version of the entire issue here. Or you can read stories from the December issue on our newly redesigned website here.

Thank you for being a Smithsonian subscriber—and thank you again for your patience.

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