July/August 2017

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Elizabeth Streb

Step Right Up!

See the reinvention of the great American circus

Clayton Phipps looks over the massive ceratopsian fossil

Dinosaur Cowboy

America’s most spectacular fossil, found by a plucky Montana rancher, is locked up in a secret storage room. Why?

Michael Byers

Racing the Storm

When hurricane-force winds suddenly struck Mobile Bay, they swept more than 100 boaters into one of the worst sailing disasters in modern American history

Portraits of Faith intro

Portraits of Faith

In a world changing faster than ever, the enduring appeal of religious tradition shines in these photographs

Vodou adherents

In the Theater of the Sacred

Deep within caves in rural Haiti, Vodou pilgrims summon timeless spirits

Mekina Medhane Alem

Between Heaven and Earth

High in the mountains of western Ethiopia, an isolated Christian community clings to an ancient way of life

A skull

The Saints of Pittsburgh

A tiny neighborhood church is home to the greatest collection of relics outside of the Vatican

troops into the mountains

Hannibal’s Lost Road

Leading dozens of war elephants and thousands of men across the Alps, Hannibal pulled off one of the greatest military feats ever. Now new scientific evidence points to his legendary route to Rome



Reader responses to our June issue

Kiss of Summer

The first families of salt water taffy stir up another season of making history by the bite

Forbidden Flicks

The U.S. export ban didn’t keep Cubans from watching movies they loved

Read, White and Blue

Which books do Americans take on vacation? Our analysis uncovered some surprises

The Whole World in Your Hands

Are high-tech maps ruining our sense of direction—or giving us a new awareness of where we are?

How GPS Learns to Speak Your Language

A peek into that voice that tells you when and where to turn

Trails and Tribulations

In 1948, a haunted Army veteran became the first to hike the entire Appalachian Trail

America’s Dimming Stars

Our nation has always depended on public intellectuals to guide us. How come we no longer see the light?

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