July/August 2022

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Madagascar forest

The Forest and the Taboo

Famed American biologist Patricia Wright explores an astonishing breadth of biodiversity in the wilderness of Madagascar


The Long Haul

America’s fascination with trains is fast-tracked in this study of passing freight


Russia's Attack on History

The Bohorodchany Iconostasis has withstood religious persecution, revolutions and world wars. Can it survive Russia’s brutal assault?


South to the Promised Land

Rather than head north, many of those in bondage made a different treacherous journey in a bold quest for freedom that historians are now unearthing

Cascade red fox

High Expectations

A mountain range in the Pacific Northwest is a last bastion for a unique canine

OPENER - Sunrise

Jewel of the Ozarks

An unabashed tribute to the wild Arkansas waterway that became the nation’s first national river 50 years ago

an illustration depicting a woman naval with the setting sun and naval ship on the water behind her

Solving the Ocean

Allied victory in the Pacific depended on strategy, bravery and military might. It also depended on a brilliant marine scientist from Massachusetts


Knowledge of All Kinds

With astonishing new discoveries in the cosmos and pivotal research much closer to home, Smithsonian science proves indispensable

Show Time

The humble origins and complex future of cowboy competition

Vida Diaria

A mid-century modernist and native son elevated ordinary Cuban life

Fueling the Future

Back in the 19th century, coal was the nation's newfangled fuel source—and it faced the same resistance as wind and solar today

The Real Deal

The piece of paper went missing for nearly 200 years, leaving some scholars to question whether it even existed

Imperfect Union

Long ridiculed, the Howard Chandler Christy artwork of the signing of the U.S. Constitution shows democracy at its most realistic

The Cutting Edge

Roughly two million years ago, simple items like the Kanjera tool sparked a revolution in the way humans lived

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