April 2014

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Bhutanese, Manchester

Manchester’s Melting Pot

An unlikely place for immigrants from central Asia, New Hampshire is an ideal adopted homeland


The First Wonder Women

Strong and brave, the Amazons were a force to be reckoned with in Greek mythology—but did the fierce female warriors really exist?


America's Best Small Towns

From country music to herbal cocktails to horseshoe crabs to Rodin, our third annual list takes you to cultural gems worth mining


Re-made In Japan

If you’re looking for some of America’s best bourbon, denim and burgers, go to Japan, where designers are re-engineering our culture in loving detail

John Singleton Copley

John Singleton Copley’s Grand Tour

John Singleton Copley left for Europe on the eve of the American Revolution. A historian and her teenage son made the trip to see why



Thirty years ago, astronauts set out on the first untethered space odyssey

Mark Twain, Mississippi River

The Twain Shall Meet

No novelist captured the muddy waterway and its people like the creator of Huckleberry Finn, as a journey along the river makes clear

Mark Twain’s Dream

A new poem by Carol Muske-Dukes


From the Castle

From the Castle

Letters to the Editor


From our readers



The research into the relationship between quick thinking and methodical reasoning could take some time to decipher


Temple of Speed

One hundred years ago, the Bonneville Salt Flats became a racing paradise


Fast and Furious

On Twitter and Facebook, which spreads quickest: joy, sadness or disgust?


Shooting Speed

Sarah Schoenfield’s experience as a bartender put her on the path to giving a “face” to illegal drugs


Racing Extinction

Biologists are in a race to locate and identify new species as habitats become victim to an industrialized world

Around the Mall

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Fast Forward

Fast Forward

This summer, a ship named after naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry will set sail