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How the Rugged F4F Wildcat Held the Line During World War II

Smithsonian
As Joe Foss scanned the skies on January 25, 1943, he spotted a large formation of 100 Japanese bombers and escort planes flying toward Guadalcanal. With only 12 fighters in his attack group, the Marine Corps captain recognized he was impossibly outnumbered. That didn’t stop Foss, though. The cigar-chomping, tough-as-nails......

The Rise and Fall of America’s Lesbian Bars

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Jan. 21, 2021, 12:36 p.m. Writer and social commentator Roxane Gay chuckled while describing her first visit to a lesbian bar—Panic Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska. “I was 21,” she says, “Maybe 20.” Gay describes the bar, which closed this fall, as a dive, and summed up why it......

Amanda Gorman Selected as President-Elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Poet

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National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads her work, “An American Lyric,” at the inaugural reading of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, September 13, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller. Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris announced that former National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman will......

How 19th-Century Activists Ditched Corsets for One-Piece Long Underwear

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In the 1870s, many female tourists to Manhattan sought out the city’s most curious boutiques—underwear stores that sold what was called “ladies’ hygienic underdress.” “Through sheer weariness they may have omitted Central Park, passed by Stewart’s, and forgotten Tiffany, but the ‘chemiloon’ is a thing to be remembered even when......

Starting Conversations that Support Children Before Traumatic Events Happen

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Smithsonian Voices Smithsonian Education Starting Conversations that Support Children Before Traumatic Events Happen January 16th, 2021, 1:30PM / BY Ariel Gory When abstract concepts, such as fairness, race and differences, are explored with picture books, spoken about during play or introduced in activities like art-making, they are accessible to children......

When Radio Stations Stopped a Public Figure From Spreading Dangerous Lies

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In speeches filled with hatred and falsehoods, a public figure attacks his enemies and calls for marches on Washington. Then, after one particularly virulent address, private media companies close down his channels of communication, prompting consternation from his supporters and calls for a code of conduct to filter out violent......

Talking to Children After a Traumatic Event

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Smithsonian Voices Smithsonian Education Talking to Children After a Traumatic Event January 16th, 2021, 1:30PM / BY Ariel Gory & Tiffany McGettigan Learning about a major news event as it transpires can be stressful for families to navigate and process together. (Getty Images) This is part one of a series......

A New Film Details the FBI’s Relentless Pursuit of Dr. Martin Luther King

Smithsonian
As the nation erupted this past year in multiple protests against systemic racism in America, the crowds often gave voice to the long-esteemed protest strategy of peace and nonviolence. The mid-century civil rights movement’s sit-ins and marches were the protest paradigm to be emulated. The movement’s events, its leadership and......

The True History Behind ‘One Night in Miami’

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Jan. 15, 2021, 1:17 p.m. When 22-year-old Cassius Clay unexpectedly defeated Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964, football star Jim Brown, a close friend of the young athlete, expected to mark the occasion with a night of revelry. After all, in beating Liston, Clay was now the heavyweight......

Why Kamala Harris’ Pearls Have a Special Significance

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On August 19, 2020, Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination. When the suit-clad former prosecutor stepped up to the podium to give her speech, she commended the women who fought for the right to vote and the women in her family who nurtured her. “My mother instilled in......

From a Small Rural Schoolhouse, One Teacher Challenged Nativist Attacks Against Immigration

Smithsonian
Just over a century ago, on May 25, 1920, Robert Meyer sat in a one-room church schoolhouse near Hampton, Nebraska, teaching 10-year-olds how to speak German by speaking the language himself. As Meyer lectured, he noticed a shadow pass by the sunlight doorway. It was the county attorney, who was......

The Life and Death of a Yiddish Puppet Theater

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Smithsonian Voices Smithsonian Center For Folklife & Cultural Heritage The Life and Death of a Yiddish Puppet Theater January 12th, 2021, 12:00PM / BY Eddy Portnoy Three of Yosl Cutler’s surviving puppets: two Jewish characters and one Russian. These were constructed circa 1933. (Photo courtesy of the Archives of the......

Who Was Charles Curtis, the First Vice President of Color?

Smithsonian
Next week, when she takes the oath of office, Senator Kamala Harris will make history as the first woman, first African American, and first person of South Asian heritage to become vice president of the United States. But she won’t be the first person of color in the office. That......

From His Tattered Chair, TV’s Archie Bunker Caricatured America’s Divides

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Jan. 12, 2021, 10:56 a.m. The two rickety pieces of furniture were well-worn even before they were bought at a secondhand store for less than $10 for use in a television pilot. They became iconic representations of one of TV’s most revolutionary shows, “All in the Family,” which......

A Doomed Arctic Expedition, Number-Free Math and Other New Books to Read

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Seven days into his long-awaited journey home, 16th-century Dutch explorer William Barents, who’d been stranded in the Arctic for almost a year after unsuccessfully seeking out a northeastern passage to China, succumbed to scurvy and the ill effects of eating toxic polar bear liver. A seasoned cartographer and navigator, he’d......

What ‘Bridgerton’ Gets Wrong About Corsets

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In the opening scene of the steamy Netflix period drama “Bridgerton,” Prudence Featherington, one of the eligible daughters of the social-climbing Lady Featherington, is dressing to be presented to the queen of England. Prudence doubles over, gasping for breath, as a maid yanks the laces of her corset tighter. “I......

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Announces Virtual Programs for January and February

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Smithsonian Voices National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Announces Virtual Programs for January and February January 6th, 2021, 10:07AM / BY National Portrait Gallery Credit: “Left Side Right Side” (still) by Joan Jonas, 1972. Single-channel video (black-and-white, sound), 8:50 min. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. © 2020 Joan Jonas......

Women Artists Reflect on How They Helped Shape SoHo

Smithsonian
Ingrid Wiegand says that when she gets a patronizing look from a clerk at electronics store these days, “I’ve learned to say, ‘You know, I had a computer back in 1982—probably before you were born.’ And that gets the conversation back where it should be.” A half-century ago, Wiegand was......

The Way Americans Remember the Blackwell Sisters Shortchanges Their Legacy

Smithsonian
The image is arresting: a young woman in three-quarter profile, creamy skin, Mona Lisa smile, calm dark eyes. She is perhaps 20. She wears her hair upswept with a cloud of curly fringe, a smart, black-ribbon choker under a lacy, white collar. It’s easy to imagine a story for her,......

Have Any North American Species Become Invasive Elsewhere in the World?

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Q: In North America, we worry about invasive species from other continents. Are there North American species that have become invasive elsewhere? —Ricardo Berry | Socorro, New Mexico Europeans and Asians dread the Colorado potato beetle, says Floyd Shockley, entomology collections manager at the National Museum of Natural History. The......

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