November 2023

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a photo montage of a woman and colorful Aztec engraving


Anthropologist Zelia Nuttall traveled the globe, decoded the Aztec calendar and transformed the way we think of ancient Mesoamerica

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Healing in Hanoi

After 50 years, U.S. veterans commemorate their release from a notorious Vietnamese prison

Gray-headed flying fox

Going to Bat for Nature

Once seen as a menace, the gray-headed flying fox brings new life after Australia’s wildfires

OPENER - Originally built in the 1500s, the grand Palazzo Priuli Manfrin in Venice, with its elaborate architecture and ornate frescoes, will eventually house Anish Kapoor’s foundation.

Anish Kapoor's Crimson Tide

Renowned as a sculptor, the artist brings his incendiary style—and fiery palette—to the canvas in a new Venice studio


It Can't Happen Here

An ambitious New Deal program brought fascism into the spotlight. Then the drama moved onto the political stage



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How the Smithsonian Is Educating the Next Generation

From the National Mall to rural schoolhouses, we're bringing learning to students of all ages

The Height of Modernity

Towering ambitions built the most charming skyscraper in America

Tallest. Structures. Ever.

The surprisingly intricate timeline of the biggest buildings on Earth

Pride of Place

A 19th-century American painter and his subject make a bold statement

A Mammoth Journey

Isotopes tell the epic tale of one ancient mammal’s odyssey across Alaska

The True Miracle on Ice

The story behind the most efficient—and intriguing—piece of hardware in all of sports

Raising the Bar

When the military came looking for a nutritious wartime snack, Hershey’s delivered the goods

From Hieroglyphics to High Fashion

How ancient Egyptian styles took over haute couture

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