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The Florida Resort That Played an Unlikely Role in the Bay of Pigs Fiasco

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | April 16, 2021, 9:26 a.m. On the islet of Useppa, I was sleeping with the CIA. Not as part of any covert operation, needless to say; it just came with the décor. I had taken the master bedroom at the Collier Inn, a mansion and fishing lodge that......

Gemini VIII’s Near-Disaster

Smithsonian Voices National Air and Space Museum Gemini VIII’s Near-Disaster April 12th, 2021, 9:44AM / BY Michael Neufeld This view of Gemini VII from VI-A in December 1965 shows the spacecraft’s orbital configuration. Fifty-five years ago, on March 16, 1966, the Gemini VIII astronauts made the world’s first space docking,......

Black Protesters Have Been Rallying Against Confederate Statues for Generations

Four days after George Floyd was killed by a policeman in Minneapolis, protesters in Richmond, Virginia, responded to his death by targeting the city’s Confederate statues. All along the city’s famed Monument Avenue, the large hulking bronze and stone memorials to Confederate icons Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson and the grand......

The Day Soviet Aircraft Attacked American Pilots

In the bright sunshine high above the Korean peninsula, the silver-skin of 39 B-29 Superfortresses gleamed as they flew in formation. Their mission that day on April 12, 1951, was to destroy a bridge on the Chinese border and disrupt the flow of munitions and men pouring into North Korea.......

A Seat in the Cockpit: Recognizing and Replacing Biases with Gender Inclusive Language

Smithsonian Voices National Air and Space Museum A Seat in the Cockpit: Recognizing and Replacing Biases with Gender Inclusive Language April 5th, 2021, 4:15PM / BY Emily A. Margolis Christina Koch (left) poses for a portrait with Jessica Meir while preparing for their first spacewalk together. (Image courtesy of NASA)......

From Books Bound in Human Skin to Occult Texts, These Are Literature’s Most Macabre, Surprising and Curious Creations

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | April 6, 2021, 8 a.m. Louis Renard, an 18th-century book publisher who moonlighted as a British spy, had a somewhat tenuous relationship with the truth. As writer and rare-book collector Edward Brooke-Hitching notes in The Madman’s Library: The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities From History, Renard......

Did Shakespeare Base His Masterpieces on Works by an Obscure Elizabethan Playwright?

“All’s well that ends well.” It’s a memorable phrase—and the title of a play whose author is readily identifiable: William Shakespeare. But did the Bard of Avon originally write the Elizabethan comedy? And, more generally, did he conceive of and author many of the productions, ideas, themes and sayings attributed......

The Thorny Politics of Presidential Portraiture

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | April 5, 2021, 9 a.m. From big ears to sex scandals, the paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures on display in the Smithsonian’s singular exhibition “America’s Presidents” at the National Portrait Gallery—the only public collection to feature portraits of every chief executive—share with their subjects the ability to draw......

This London Building Tells the Story of a Century’s Worth of Disease and Epidemics

Coming down with an infectious disease in early 1900s London would have been a pretty unsettling experience. Not only were effective treatments hard to come by, but the municipality had the legal right to enter your home and disinfect it. City workers could seize your belongings and take them away......

One Hundred Years Ago, Einstein Was Given a Hero’s Welcome by America’s Jews

Thousands of New Yorkers lined the harbor as the steamship Rotterdam pulled into its berth on April 2, 1921. They were cheering not for a movie star or a statesman, but for the physicist Albert Einstein, who was embarking on his first visit to the United States. Admirers swarmed his......

In Search of the Authentic Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway had a version of himself that he wanted us to see—the avid fisher and outdoorsman, the hyper-masculine writer, the man whose friends called him “Papa.” Then, there was the hidden Hemingway—vulnerable, sensitive and longing for connection. The two were not mutually exclusive, and in his work and his......

Women Resistance Fighters of WWII, the Secret Lives of Ants and Other New Books to Read

When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, sparking the beginning of World War II, the leaders of a Warsaw-based chapter of the Zionist HeHalutz youth movement instructed its members to retreat east. Initially, Frumka Płotnicka, a 25-year-old Jewish woman from the Polish city of Pinsk, complied with this request. But......

Excavations at Tell el-Amarna and 25 Other Smithsonian Associates Programs Streaming in April

Smithsonian Voices Smithsonian Associates Excavations at Tell el-Amarna and 25 Other Smithsonian Associates Programs Streaming in April March 25th, 2021, 10:31AM / BY Lauren Lyons Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson on site at Tell el-Amarna. Williamson will lead an all-day seminar for Smithsonian Associates on April 10 examining the site’s latest discoveries.......

Men Have Feared Women For Millennia. Just Look at the Monsters of Greek Mythology

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | March 31, 2021, 11:38 a.m. Monsters reveal more about humans than one might think. As figments of the imagination, the alien, creepy-crawly, fanged, winged and otherwise-terrifying creatures that populate myths have long helped societies define cultural boundaries and answer an age-old question: What counts as human, and what......

The Surprising Story of the Smithsonian Sunburst

Smithsonian Voices Smithsonian Libraries and Archives The Surprising Story of the Smithsonian Sunburst March 29th, 2021, 9:59AM / BY Nikki Rosato & Sarah Leibach Crimilda Pontes created several designs for the James Smithson Bicentennial in 1965, including what would become the Institution’s signature sunburst. (Smithsonian Archives, Acc. 89-024, Box 4.,......

How the Rosenwald Schools Shaped a Generation of Black Leaders

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | March 30, 2021, 9:33 a.m. Little more than a century ago, deep in America’s rural South, a community-based movement ignited by two unexpected collaborators quietly grew to become so transformative, its influence shaped the educational and economic future of an entire generation of African American families. Between 1917......

Female Fire Lookouts Have Been Saving the Wilderness for Over a Century

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | March 29, 2021, 2 p.m. In a year when so many of us have struggled with feeling isolated in our homes or apartments, living alone in a 14-by-14-foot cabin perched thousands of feet above the wilderness might not sound enticing. For more than a century, though, across the......

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