November 2008

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Looking Up

Wild giraffes are making a comeback despite having to compete for resources with some of the world's poorest people

Gobekli Tepe

The World's First Temple?

Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey's stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization

Children in Seoul in the winter of 1950-1951

One Man's Korean War

John Rich's color photographs, seen for the first time after more than half a century, offer a vivid glimpse of the "forgotten" conflict

Star-Spangled Banner

Banner Days

After a decade’s conservation, the flag that inspired the National Anthem returns to its place of honor on the National Mall

Medieval wall gate

Munich at 850

The livable, culture-crazy, beer-loving capital of Bavaria is coming to terms with its history


Indelible Images

Curious Perspective

In his book The Americans, Robert Frank changed photography. Fifty years on, it still unsettles

From the Editor

Standing Tall

Niger's giraffes and our 16th president

Letters to the Editor


Readers Respond to the September Issue

Points of Interest

Points of Interest

San Francisco's new science museum hosts its own rooftop ecosystem

From the Castle

History Ahead

Around the Mall

Pieces of Our Past

Smithsonian curators probe the meanings of telltale objects

Around the Mall

A Choir of Turkeys

Wild turkeys gobble on cue


Q&A: Wanda Jackson

Around the Mall

Silent Witness

A well-known sculpture works its way back from 9/11 damage

What's Up

What's Up

This Month in History

November Anniversaries

The Last Page

Just Follow the Signs

Politicians made more sense when they relied on oracles and omens says Joe Queenan