November/December 2022

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Medjool Dates

Consider the Date

Sweet or mellow, the “bread of the desert” has fed humanity and shaped the past for thousands of years. But how will the ancient fruit fare in a changing world?

testing being done on ancient manuscript for chemical traces

Invisible Evidence

Touch something and you leave behind a trace of yourself that can last for centuries. Now scientists are learning to decode those molecular signals, opening a new frontier in the study of the past. But what does it really mean to find that Jack London might have had diabetes? Welcome to the stickiest topic in history

Artist Arianne King Comer

The Blue That Enchanted the World

Indigo is growing again in South Carolina, revived by artisans and farmers with a modern take on a forgotten history

Fishing Cat

Dive Right In

A wild feline in Asia is highly adapted to watery environs that are disappearing. What to do? Plant native rice

Opener of Hurt by Charmian Reading

Tribute to a Legend

A devoted fan of the blues artist Mississippi John Hurt returns to the Delta with a mysterious memento from a long ago encounter

a salt marsh is seen from an aerial view

Knowing the Shore

At the border between land and sea, a unique research effort to better understand climate change

Opening Kiefer Portrait

Anselm Kiefer Goes Big. It’ll Be Huge.

The renowned artist spent 30 years building a 200-acre installation in France.



Your feedback on Glen Canyon, Samuel Adams and more

Change Agent

A new permanent exhibition offers proof that popular entertainment can be more than just a diversion

The Humble Warriror

Perhaps no Native American is more admired for military acumen. But is that how Crazy Horse wanted to be remembered?

Renaissance Drama

A seldom seen contemporary of Michelangelo finally gets the spotlight in the U.S.

They Weren't Witches

Three centuries after executing hundreds of women, officials in Catalonia have finally broken the spell

American Tragedy

A new museum exhibit brings the Salem Witch Trials into the moment

The Fighting Kelleys

Meet the father-daughter duo who helped achieve the most important labor and civil rights reforms of their age

Creative License

Some of the unexpected turns and false starts behind today’s bumper crop

The Ultimate Craftsman

Antonio Stradivari still reigns supreme after more than 300 years

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