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Mail Handlers Used to Poke Holes in Envelopes to Battle Germs and Viruses

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Since the dawn of written communications, missives sent by card or letter have been the source of both joy and pain for recipients. During times of epidemics, however, the mail is viewed with extra wariness. “The mail is something you welcome in times of normalcy, but just like any other......
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Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch:

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd have entered their seventh straight day. On Monday, “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell spoke with Lonnie Bunch, the first African American to serve as Secretary of the......
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Secretary Lonnie Bunch: It Is Time for America to Confront Its Tortured Racial Past

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Like many Americans, watching multiple incidents of deadly violence against black people unfold before our eyes has left us feeling demoralized and distraught, aghast, and angry. Not only have we been forced to grapple with the impact of a global pandemic, we have been forced to confront the reality that,......
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Inside the Incredible Effort to Recreate Historic Jewish Sites Destroyed Years Ago

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On a narrow street in Damascus, one of the oldest cities in the world, I pull open a heavy iron door in a cinderblock wall and enter an ancient synagogue. Behind the door, just past a tiled courtyard shaded by a large tree, I am stunned by what I see.......
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When the RAF Buzzed Over Germany to Drown Out Nazi Broadcasts

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Germany decreed January 30, 1943 —the ten-year anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power—as a day of celebration. Berlin would host rallies, and Reich Marshal Hermann Goering’s address from the Air Ministry building would be broadcast throughout the Third Reich. Elements of Britain’s Royal Air Force would also be in......
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How the U.S. Fought the 1957 Flu Pandemic

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In April 1957, a new strain of a lethal respiratory virus emerged in East Asia, caught local health authorities by surprise and eventually killed masses of people worldwide. Today, in the age of Covid-19, that scenario sounds frighteningly familiar—with one key difference. Maurice Hilleman, an American microbiologist then running influenza......
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Was Philip of Macedon Even Greater Than His Son Alexander?

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I drive on a dirt road in Northern Greece through the ruins and spectral presence of a once-great city. Behind it, cloud shadows move across steep, forested mountains. Small birds dart from bushes. Wind combs the grass. Chunks of limestone, quarried more than 23 centuries ago, protrude from the earth.......
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Jacob Lawrence’s ‘Struggle’ Series Prepares to Be Seen by a New Generation

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A modernist master and black history’s pre-eminent visual storyteller, Jacob Lawrence completed his most famous set of paintings in 1941, when he was just 23. A sweeping view of African-Americans’ mass exodus from the Jim Crow South—laid out over 60 color-saturated tempera panels—his “Migration Series” is still considered one of......
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The Museum Director Who Defied the Nazis

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When Nazi tanks rolled into Paris in the early morning of June 14, 1940, most Parisians had already left the city in a mass exodus to the south. All the museums were closed except the Musée de l’Homme, or Museum of Mankind, which tacked a freshly placed French translation of......
History

Renee Tajima-Peña Dives on the Many Complexities Embedded in ‘Asian Americans’

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For filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña, telling the 170 years of Asian American history in the short, few hours of her new documentary series “Asian Americans” on PBS was a nearly impossible task. The population, which hails from geographic regions as diverse as the Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, Japan and the Pacific......
History

These Photos Capture the Lives of African American Soldiers Who Served During World War II

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | May 22, 2020, 1:08 p.m. Teenie Harris knew everyone, and everyone knew him. From the 1930s to the 1970s, Charles “Teenie” Harris worked as a photojournalist for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most influential black newspapers of the 20th century, capturing the everyday experience of African American......
History

These Photos Capture the Lives of African American Soldiers Who Served During World War II

Smithsonian
SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | May 22, 2020, 1:08 p.m. Teenie Harris knew everyone, and everyone knew him. From the 1930s to the 1970s, Charles “Teenie” Harris worked as a photojournalist for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most influential black newspapers of the 20th century, capturing the everyday experience of African American......
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Smithsonian collecting coronavirus ‘artifacts’ to document outbreak

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Smithsonian curators in Washington, DC, have launched a project to collect artifacts from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. Curators on the American History Museum’s COVID-19 task force are seeking handwritten grocery lists, letters from patients, personal protective equipment, test kits and ventilators. “Obviously those are objects we will......
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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History debuts long-awaited dinosaur exhibit

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here “Today, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History opens its long-awaited dinosaur exhibit. It’s the culmination of five years’ worth of renovations that cost $125 million. It’s not just about dinosaurs: the exhibit has animals like prehistoric sharks, too.......
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When the Mayor of Oakland Was Arrested for Failing to Wear a Mask

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Starting in 1918, as the Bay Area suffered through the flu pandemic, Californians crafted masks of gauze, an open-weave fabric perhaps hard-pressed to stop microscopic particles, even when folded to a thickness of six, as the Oakland Red Cross advised. As a hub for soldiers returning from war, Oakland and......

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