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

The Return to the Workplace Means New Rules for Office Dressing

Getting dressed for the return to the office comes with new rules, writes S. Mitra Kalita

It’s All About Spending, Stupid. The Dems Blew Their Moment by Obsessing Over Taxes

After months of false starts and internal divisions, it appears that President Biden and Congressional Democrats are on the verge of agreeing to a spending package to address climate change, childcare, housing, paid family leave and to lower drug costs. The number currently being bandied about is somewhat less than $2 trillion, but what has…

What I Learned From Colin Powell

In many ways, we came from completely different worlds. Colin Powell was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx and, as a young R.O.T.C. cadet in the late 1950s, endured the injustice of the segregated South. I was born in San Francisco and grew up in the 1970s amid the summer of love, marches…

Brexit Is Still a Hot Mess

From the pandemic to President Joseph Biden’s election, the January 6 insurrection, and the vaccine rollout, a lot has changed in the last 18 months. One thing that hasn’t? Brexit, Britain’s exit from the European Union, is still a hot mess. The latest chapter in the saga has the British government threatening to go “nuclear”…

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I Set Out to Build the Next Library of Alexandria. Now I Wonder: Will There Be Libraries in 25 Years? 

When I started the Internet Archive 25 years ago, I focused our non-profit library on digital collections: preserving web pages, archiving television news, and digitizing books. The Internet Archive was seen as innovative and unusual. Now all libraries are increasingly electronic, and necessarily so. To fight disinformation, to serve readers during the pandemic, and to…

The Future of Crypto Is Bright, But Governments Must Help Manage the Risks

Bitcoin seemed to be on a roll. El Salvador in early September declared the cryptocurrency to be legal tender, allowing it to be used for payments. There is talk of Bitcoin becoming a medium of exchange in Afghanistan, enabling financial transactions in a society where the issuance of conventional money has broken down. The cryptocurrency…

Culinary Detectives Try to Recover the Formula for a Deliciously Fishy Roman Condiment

From Pompeii to modern laboratories, scholars are working to recreate garum, a sauce made from decaying fish that delighted ancient Rome

In Cemeteries Across the Country, Reenactors Are Resurrecting the Dead

Gravesite readings and performances keep the stories of the dearly departed alive for a new generation

Migrants and Refugees Face an Invisible Trauma We Can’t Ignore

In the wake of multiple legal challenges, the Biden Administration late last month aimed to fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a new rule that would shield more than 600,000 undocumented people brought to the U.S. by their parents. While proponents of the program welcomed the move and heralded it an…

How One Photographer Took Spiritual Inspiration From African Woodcarving

Stranded by the pandemic, Yannis Davy Guibinga made a connection with home through his art

Data Drives the World. You Need to Understand It

‘Millions of us have traded security and privacy for convenience. That’s a dangerous bargain,’ Richard Stengel writes

Climate Chaos Helped Spark the French Revolution—and Holds a Dire Warning for Today

Historians have long observed the links between the natural environment and the fate of civilization. Natural emergencies like droughts, floods and crop failure regularly plunge people into chaos. Long term changes in the earth’s climatic conditions lead flourishing societies like the Roman Empire to wither and fade. But perhaps there is no greater example of…

Colin Powell Reflects on His Mistakes in This Unpublished TIME Interview

General Collin Powell died on October 18. His legacy, as Phillip Elliott writes, was complicated, and the General knew it. TIME interviewed Powell in 2012, on the occasion of the publication of his book on leadership It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership. The interview was edited and condensed at the time, but to…

'Shaft,' 'Super Fly' and the Birth of Blaxploitation

In this excerpt from ‘Music Is History,’ the drummer for the Roots and all-around music ambassador looks at a year when everything changed

For Onboarding Hires These Days, How a New Job Starts Might Be Why It Ends

Conveying a company’s culture is always hard, and often in-office interactions offer cues that no handbook can capture

Why We Can’t Ignore Our Dreams

On Mar. 14, 44 B.C.E., Julius Caesar dreamed of flying up through the clouds, until being warmly received by Jupiter. His wife, Calpurnia, however, had a nightmare in which he got stabbed. The following morning, she urged him not to leave home, but he ignored her warning and was slaughtered. Both dreams were precognitive: while…

How William Shatner Turned a Flight of Fancy Into a Lyrical Pitch For the Planet

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, now 90, returns from space with a message for everyone, including Jeff Bezos

How History Erased the Black Mariner Who ‘Opened’ the Pacific

In grade school and beyond, we learn about Christopher Columbus and his pioneering voyage of 1492. Merely two decades after it, however, European explorers stumbled on the Pacific, an ocean roughly twice as large as the Atlantic and far more difficult to navigate. Polynesian navigators were the first to cross the Pacific from west to…

Europe’s Youngest Democracies Are in Turmoil at the Worst Possible Time

The Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria are each giving the EU headaches at a time when global leadership is in short supply

The Delta Variant Is Forcing New Zealand To Find a Safe Way Out of Its ‘Zero-COVID’ Strategy

For much of the pandemic, Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 response has ranked as one of the best in the world. We have been living in a parallel world, one of a small handful of countries to follow an elimination strategy. That strategy has meant that we have had very few COVID-19 cases and deaths. And…

Biden Wants Banks to Give More Information to the IRS. Here’s Why That’s a Good Idea

Every year, taxpayers—mostly wealthy Americans—fail to pay $600 billion in taxes they owe. This so-called tax gap is equal to the federal income taxes paid by the lower 90% of all taxpayers. Ignoring this huge loss is neither fair nor financially sustainable. Congress is now considering a practical plan to raise billions by collecting at…

Why William Shatner’s History-Making Spaceflight Is Something to Celebrate

The man who gave us Captain Kirk left the planet for real

How COVID-19 Opened the Door to a New Era in Psychedelic Medicine

Within the next few years, we could see psychedelic therapies prescribed for refractory depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or used in palliative care among those facing a life-limiting illness. But first we need to more deeply understand the benefits of psychedelic treatments. Right now, we are in the perfect storm to accelerate continued study—and health care workers are on the front lines.

There’s No Definitive List of Roman Empresses. Their Individual Stories Still Matter

Artists have failed to depict a complete set of Roman empresses, but we can still learn from the individual stories of those ancient women

The Seven Secrets of Indra Nooyi’s Success

The former PepsiCo CEO shares details from her life and career in her book My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future.

On Loving Someone Who Battles Inner Demons

For families and loved ones of those who live with the most serious mental health issues.

What a Tattered Pillow Taught Me About Grieving

While working from the kitchen the other day, I saw a glimmer of bronze flit by so quick, if I didn’t already know what it was, I would have second-guessed seeing anything real at all. My miniature dachshund puppy, Betty, was at it again. When I caught her, I let out a screeching “Leave it!”…

Biden’s Refusal to Back Trump’s Executive Privilege Claim Is the Right Call

An executive-privilege controversy that has been brewing boiled over on Oct. 8, when President Joe Biden said that he will waive the privilege and direct the National Archives to produce to congressional investigators records pertaining to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Former President Donald Trump contends that documents and conversations with certain…

‘It Is a Battle for Facts.’ What Nobel Peace Prize Winner Maria Ressa Understands About Why She Was Chosen

If Maria Ressa long has been known to people who follow the news, she has become absolutely essential to anyone grappling with why the news has gotten harder and harder to follow. Born in Manila and raised in New Jersey, Ressa, who is 58, worked for CNN for years, then in 2012 co-founded Rappler, a…

The Invisible Tragedy Facing Refugees Like Me

In August the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, leading to hundreds of thousands of Afghans being forced from their homes by violence. These Afghans join the millions displaced worldwide in this year alone, and they join the more than 82 million people–refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced – who make up what many call our…

Facebook Will Not Fix Itself

Five years ago, I embarked on a mission to help Facebook change its culture, business model and algorithms. I had been involved with the company in its early days as an adviser and investor. Since then, I and countless others have pressed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg to reform Facebook.…

We Don’t Have to Be Superhuman: A Big Lesson From My Daughter’s Little League

Here’s a portrait of a miracle: My very small 10-year-old Fiona stands at first base. Bright red, plastic orthotics poke out from the tops of her sparkly silver sneakers. She’s laughing. She’s waiting for a batter. A volunteer is by her side. My hands are not the ones helping her tiny fingers fit into a…

The World’s First Malaria Vaccine—and What it Means for the Future of Pandemic Response

On Oct. 6, the World Health Organization recommended use of the first vaccine to fight malaria. The decision is momentous and highly anticipated for many reasons: among them is that this is the first vaccine to help reduce the risk of deadly severe malaria in young children in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains a…

The Storytelling Genius of Jane Goodall and Why Intellectual Arguments Don’t Change Behavior

The legendary primatologist has spent decades persuading us to change the way we treat animals and the planet, and she does it one story at a time.

The Surprising Artistic Life of Ancient Sparta

Poets and lyricists populated the Greek civilization

American History as Seen Through Quilts

For historians, the textiles are much more than just decorative covers for a bed

Who Was the Real James Bond?

Author Ian Fleming named his 007 after an influential ornithologist

The Sake Master Who Bucks Ancient Tradition—In America

The ancient Japanese art of brewing a fragrant alcoholic drink from rice is being reinterpreted by Atsuo
Sakurai in an unlikely setting

The Arc de Triomphe Is Wrapped in Fabric, Just as the Late Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude Planned It

Beginning September 18, the pair’s posthumous work will be on full display in Paris for 16 days

What Do These Extinct Plants Smell Like?

A multidisciplinary collaboration resurrects three types of flora lost due to 20th-century colonialism

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