September 2010

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Haitian art in earthquake rubble

The Art of Resilience

Within weeks of January's devastating earthquake, Haiti's surviving painters and sculptors were taking solace from their work

Tetsuro Matsuzawa and Ai

Thinking Like a Chimpanzee

Tetsuro Matsuzawa has spent 30 years studying our closest primate relative to better understand the human mind

World War I British troops Battle of Arras

The Shock of War

World War I troops were the first to be diagnosed with shell shock, an injury – by any name – still wreaking havoc

Pathway Home residents

Pathway Home

An innovative California facility offers hope to combatants with post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries

Ipanema Leblon beach

Reinventing Rio

The dazzling but tarnished Brazilian city gets a makeover as it prepares for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games

Camel jumping

Over the Hump

In the deserts of Yemen, Zaraniq tribesmen compete to leap camels in a single bound

Pearl Curran

Ghost Writer

Pearl Curran, a St. Louis housewife, channeled a 17th-century spirit to the heights of 20th-century literary stardom


From the Editor


Cataclysms and their consequences



Readers Respond to the July/August Issue


Crude Awakening

Scientists are just beginning to grasp how profoundly oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill has devastated the region

Indelible Images

The Rarest Bird

Newfound negatives provide fresh views of the young ivory-billed woodpecker

This Month in History

September Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable

From the Castle

Lest We Forget

Around the Mall

The Ambassador of Jazz

Music curator John Edward Hasse travels the globe teaching the genre that revolutionized American music

The Object at Hand

Amazing Grace

A hymnal owned by the brave leader of the Underground Railroad brings new insights into the life of the American heroine

What's Up

What's Up

The Last Page

So Where You From?

Why must a foreign accent always invite an inquisition?