January/February 2023

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Opener - A captive-bred male lion at Warthog Safaris in Limpopo, South Africa.

The Fate of the King

In South Africa, the big cats are raised to be killed by hunters. Opponents are outraged, but advocates point to conservation benefits

Opener Art

Sheer Willpower: The Life of the Last Empress

A fresh view of Galla Placidia, who married a barbarian and ruled when the world power fell into chaos

Baths of Diocletian

A Run ’Round Ravenna

A visit to Ravenna and Rome can take you back to the fifth century, when everything seemed to be in chaos

Opener - Copepods

Small is Beautiful

A passion for the infinitesimal leads a photographer to discover the countless creatures that live unseen in the ocean

OPENER - Hikers set off on the annual Alpine Peace Crossing.

Escape from Austria

After World War II, Holocaust survivors fled Europe’s lingering anti-Semitism on a series of clandestine missions

Pygmy rabbit

No Place to Hide

In Washington State, the race is on to save a diminutive bunny as wildfires threaten its already shrinking habitat

OPENER - The statue Sons of St. Augustine imagines a warm encounter between Alexander Darnes, a physician, and Edmund Kirby Smith, the Confederate general who had enslaved him.

The Doctor and the Confederate

A historian’s journey into the relationship between Alexander Darnes and Edmund Kirby Smith starts with a surprising eulogy

A copy of a Greek inscription

The Polymath

Deciphering ancient texts with modern tools, Michael Langlois challenges what we know about the Dead Sea Scrolls


Progress by Design

A new Smithsonian exhibition invites visitors to use his groundbreaking infographics as a lens into Black history

Perfect Pitch

Her mighty contralto propelled her across color lines

Liberating Folk

The painter’s entire “Fighters for Freedom” series is now on view for the first time in more than 75 years

The Frontier That Wasn't

Frederick Jackson Turner’s thesis informed decades of scholarship and culture. Then he realized he was wrong

Click Here

Reviving a 200-year-old system, enthusiasts are putting the digit back in digital communication

The Forgotten Revolution

Deep in the archives, a historian rescues the tale of brave maroons

Making News

Her hats turned heads, but it was her work as a reporter that changed the nation

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