May 2010

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Prohibition in Detroit

The Man Who Turned Off the Taps

Prohibition couldn't have happened without Wheeler, who foisted temperance on a thirsty nation 90 years ago

Memory hippocampus brain

Making Memories

Surprising new research about the act of remembering may help people with post-traumatic stress disorder

Wildebeest migration

Danger Ahead

Africa's wildebeest migration pits a million thundering animals against a gantlet of perils, even—some experts fear—climate change

Scott Bridge Vermont

Road Taken

The state's Route 100 offers an unparalleled access to old New England, from wandering moose to Robert Frost's hideaway cabin

Filoli garden lavender

Garden of a Golden Age

Filoli—a lavish early 20th century estate that is the last of its kind—harks back to when San Francisco’s richest families built to dazzle

Beale Street Memphis Tennessee

The Soul of Memphis

Despite setbacks, the Mississippi River city has held onto its rollicking blues joints, smokin' barbecue and welcoming, can-do spirit

Mark Twain and Laura Wright

Mark Twain in Love

A chance encounter on a New Orleans dock in 1858 haunted the writer for the rest of his life


From the Editor

Model Moralist

Wayne Wheeler had a mission



Readers Respond to the March Issue

Indelible Images

Sum of Her Parts

Frances Benjamin Johnston's self-portraits show a woman was never content playing just one role


Coldblooded Rescue

Stranded on Cape Cod beaches, these Kemp's ridley turtles are getting a helping hand from volunteers and researchers

From the Castle


Around the Mall

The Sight of Music

Medical 3-D imaging makes it possible to study the world's greatest stringed instruments – and uncover the secrets of its makers

The Object at Hand

Snail Mail

A letter that took two years to reach its destination evokes the hazards of the Pony Express

What's Up

What's Up

This Month in History

May Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable

The Last Page

Will Work for Brain Scans

Your dream job—part-time zombie? candle consultant?—is only a click away