Enjoy articles from Time and Smithsonian from the last 30 days.

The Coming Showdown Over Rafah

Israel’s threat of invading Rafah will bring to a brink the future of Gaza, Netanyahu, and the U.S. push for peace.

How Technology Can Help Us Remember Better

Mindfully using technology to access past experiences can help us hold on to what matters, writes Charan Ranganath.

Ukraine Can’t Win the War

There is no realistic chance of total Ukrainian victory next year, or the year after that. The West must devise a new strategy accordingly.

The Confusion About the U.S. Economy Reveals Everything About Politics Today

Tell me what you think about Joe Biden, and I’ll tell you what you’re going to think of the economy, writes Lee Drutman.

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These 15 Moving Photos Celebrate Black History Month

To mark the February heritage month, these images from the Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest offer proof that African American history is timeless

The Unique Hell of Getting Cancer as a Young Adult

‘It felt like all those years of forcing myself to run, eat high-fiber foods, and choke down kombucha were for nothing,’ writes Maria Yagoda.

Senegal’s Democratic Twilight

The country’s democratic future remains uncertain amid question-marks over when Senegal will get to go to the polls again.

The Algorithm for Equality

Embracing inclusive AI is our only chance to reshape the technological landscape.

Your Life Is Better Than You Think

Habits help us move toward progress. But they can also leave us feeling unmotivated, write Tali Sharot and Cass R. Sunstein.

The World Must Keep a Wary Eye on North Korea

There are growing worries that North Korea could soon carry out an attack or provocation.

After Navalny’s Death, the U.S. Must Stand Up to Putin

Russia’s main opposition leader died last week in a prison colony in the Arctic circle.

What Critics of the EPA’s ‘Good Neighbor’ Regulations Get Wrong About the Clean Air Act’s History

Congress originally intended for strict federal regulations that prioritized public health over other considerations.

Ukraine’s Future Hangs by a (European) Thread

As U.S. support for Ukraine gets held up thanks to Republican opposition, here’s how Europe can step up.

How Play Can Increase Resilience

The benefits of childhood play are long lasting, writes Corey Keyes.

My OCD Can’t Keep Me Safe From America’s Gun Violence—But It Tries

‘OCD is prayer, incantation, rumination, and superstition, all rolled into one,’ writes Cynthia Maria Hoffman.

How We Chose the 2024 Women of the Year

This year’s list features 12 leaders who are working to build a more equal world.

How the U.S. Used African American Artists as Cold War ‘Ambassadors’

When African American pianist Philippa Schuyler toured Africa in 1958, it was a showcase of Black talent at a pivotal moment.

Job Interviews with a Robot: Why A.I. is Not Ready to Take Over the Hiring Process

Hilke Schellmann, author of “The Algorithm,” argues that AI-based tools aren’t ready for use in the hiring process. Yet, many large American companies already rely upon them.

U.S. Hawks Must Finally Get Real About China

The American right must get serious about the threat from China rather pretending that the U.S. can do it all.

How to Have More Meaningful Conversations

Charles Duhigg on the important lessons supercommunicators can teach us.

A Path Forward for Peace in the Middle East

How the current crisis in the Middle East could lead to lasting peace for Israel and the region.

The Peril of Ukraine’s Ammo Shortage

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, one type of weapon has loomed large over every other.

Debt Has Long Been a Tool for Limiting Black Freedom

In pre-Civil War Richmond, Black people were forced to literally pay for the mechanisms of white supremacy.

A Toast to the History of Wine at the White House

Wine served at the White House has played a critical role in hospitality, diplomacy, and U.S. history.

Alexei Navalny Is With Us Forever Now

Alexei Navalny taught Russians to believe in their future. Children will grow up learning about his story, writes Mikhail Zygar.

3 Ways to Make Conflict Less Destructive

Negotiation expert William Ury explains how we can thrive in the Age of Conflict.

China Is Munching Toward a Fast Food Revolution

Millions of Chinese are increasingly echewing Western chains for local ones that serve Xinzhongshi, or “New Chinese Style.”

The Problem With Punishing Parents for Their Kids’ Crimes

Americans have long tried to hold parents responsible for their children’s misdeeds—but it never really works.

Palestine and the Power of Language

‘Grammar has the power to become a tool of the oppressor, with the passive voice the most relied-upon weapon of all,’ writes Elena Dudum.

How Ukraine Is Really Doing

The country’s remarkable refusal to give up the fight is extraordinary in itself. But it desperately needs a win.

Why Men Struggle With Friendship

Deep friendship between men doesn’t have to be so complicated, writes Rhaina Cohen.

Pioneering Artist Angelica Kauffman Put Women at Center Stage

The history paintings of this great Neoclassical artist prove the wonderful benefits that inclusion can bring

Inside the Biggest Art Fraud in History

A decades-long forgery scheme ensnared Canada’s most famous Indigenous artist, a rock musician turned sleuth and several top museums. Here’s how investigators unraveled the incredible scam

Are You Ready for Some Football? Prep for the Super Bowl With 15 Thrilling Photos of Americans Tossing the Pigskin

Celebrate the cherished American sport before the big game

Feast Your Eyes on the Stunning Islamic Art in This New Exhibition

A sumptuous new show in Los Angeles aims to leave museumgoers hungry for more

How John Coltrane's 'My Favorite Things' Changed American Music

Looking back at the moment when one of our greatest jazzmen raised the stakes for everyone who came after

Ai Weiwei's Latest Work Is a Monument to His Past

The groundbreaking, exiled Chinese artist builds a hopeful new life—and a new studio, in the Portuguese countryside

How the Obscure Sport of Pickleball Became King of the Court

With origins dating back to the 16th century, paddle sports have always had an unmistakable allure

Mickey Mouse and Many Other Beloved Creations, Including Peter Pan and 'Mack the Knife,' Are About to Enter the Public Domain

Almost a century after the cartoon mouse made his first appearance, he finally belongs to everyone—sort of

The Books We Loved

Smithsonian editors choose their favorite (mostly) nonfiction of (mostly) 2023