March 2011

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Rapper J Me graffiti art show

Myanmar's Free Thinkers

In the country formerly known as Burma, these free thinkers are a force in the struggle for democracy

Zebras at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Kalahari Journey

A 150-mile fence in the Kalahari Desert appeared to threaten Africa's zebras, but now researchers can breathe a sigh of relief

Magnetic resonance imaging

Beauty of the Brain

Stunning new images reveal the marvelous and mysterious world inside our heads

John Ross and Major Ridge

The Holdouts

John Ross and Major Ridge tried diplomatic and legal strategies to maintain autonomy, but the new president had other plans

Gauguin Te Nave Nave Fenua

Gauguin's Gambit

Of all the images created by the artist Paul Gauguin, none was more striking than the one he crafted for himself

Inambari and Araza rivers

Quandary in the Amazon

A huge dam on Peru's Inambari River will bring much-needed development to the region. But at what cost?


From the Editor

Less Traveled Roads

In Tahiti and Botswana



Readers Respond to the January Issue

Indelible Images

Speed Demons

Newsrooms may look different today, but their need for speed never wavers

This Month in History

March Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable


Blackbeard's Treasure

Cannons. Gold dust. Turtle bones. For archaeologists researching the notorious pirate's flagship, every clue is priceless

From the Castle


Around the Mall

An African Island in Georgia

A Smithsonian curator visits a Georgia island to find stories of a shrinking community that has clung to its African traditions

The Object at Hand

Different Drummer

Rising to fame with the Benny Goodman band, Gene Krupa was the first superstar drummer


Q & A: Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt

The British performance artists discuss how their research on volcanoes will inform their newest works

What's Up

What's Up

Presence of Mind

King Ludd's War

The label now has many meanings, but when the group protested 200 years ago, technology wasn't really the enemy

The Last Page

Spoken Like a Native

Learning a minority language opens doors—and hearts