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

A Literary Vandal Is Ripping Pages Out of Books and Putting Them Back on Shelves

The so-called ‘book ripper’ has targeted more than 100 volumes at a library and charity bookshop in the English town of Herne Bay

Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Is Under Threat. This Campaign Aims to Save It

The National Trust is hoping to preserve the North Carolina house where Simone first learned to play piano

There’s a Massive Jester Floating on Austria’s Lake Constance

Each year at the Bregenz Festival, a set designer creates an elaborate opera stage on the water

The Quick Read About… Mexico’s Recent Political Drama

What Happened This Week: Mexico’s finance minister Carlos Urzua abruptly quit his post last week, just seven months into the job. The Mexican peso tumbled more than 2 percent in the aftermath of the announcement before rebounding somewhat, but the resignation points to a deeper problem plaguing the Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) administration. And…

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A Nellie Bly Memorial Is Coming to Roosevelt Island

The journalist famously wrote a six-part exposé cataloging the 10 days she spent at an asylum on Blackwell’s Island

The Spectacle and Drama of Netflix’s New Glassblowing Show Will Shatter Your Expectations

“Blown Away” showcases the incredible art form in an innovative reality competition series

The Right to an Abortion Is Under Threat. But States Are Stepping Up to Protect It

In 2016, candidate Donald Trump said that determining whether abortion is legal should “go back to the individual states.” Today, states are indeed setting the terms. While hundreds of laws restricting abortion have passed in the states since Roe, creating significant barriers for many, particularly low-income women, women of color, young women and women living…

In Battles of Man Versus Machine, James Bond Always Wins

We love the suave character because he soothes our anxieties about the power of humans in an increasingly technological world

This Florida Music Festival Takes Place Completely Underwater

To draw attention to coral reef conservation, divers play ‘bass-oons’ and ‘trombonefish’ at the Underwater Music Festival in Key West

Why Don’t People Smile in Old Photographs? And More Questions From Our Readers

You asked, we answered

An Electrifying History of Air Guitar

How the world’s most popular invisible instrument became such a hit

To Make Jellyfish More Appetizing, Add Light and Sound Effects to the Dining Experience

Gastrophysicists are going to great lengths to convince Westerners to indulge in the tasteless sustainable seafood

New Exhibit at SFMOMA Highlights the Art of the Mistake

These photographs make the most of getting it wrong

SCOTUS’s Ruling on Gerrymandering Endangers US Democracy

If you were among those hoping, as were we, that Chief Justice John Roberts would vote to save American democracy from unbridled partisanship, we offer our sincere condolences. Writing for the Court in Rucho v. Common Cause, the gerrymandering case decided on June 27, the Chief Justice seems more interested in promoting a no-holds barred…

If You’re Shocked by Reports on Children at the Border, You Haven’t Paid Attention to American History

Americans love their children, agonizing about offering them a hopeful path to the future. But since the nation’s beginnings, we have been at once sympathetic to images of childhood and unkind in our treatment of “other” people’s children. For migrants at the southern border, this seeming paradox is playing out once again. In late June,…

The Greek Election Brings Hope for a Country in Need

In Greece, the mainstream has returned to power and the populists are in retreat. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis promised that the country would “proudly raise its head again,” and Greek voters have given him a robust election victory. The new Prime Minister has his work cut out for him. The country’s outlook has improved following…

Larry King Remembers Making History With Ross Perot

I once asked Ross Perot, who died July 9 at 89, to tell me the secret of his success. He said that he sells umbrellas when it’s raining. He knew there was a right place and a right time to take advantage of an opportunity. And boy, did he ever! I’ll never forget the day…

The Delicious, Ancient History of Chocolate and Vanilla

Archaeologists are discovering that two of the world’s most prized flavors have a much richer history than we thought

Consider the Nature of Perception at Olafur Eliasson’s New Show

Tate Modern retrospective features some 40 works pulled from the artist’s decades-long career

The Volkswagen Beetle Says Auf Wiedersehen

The iconic car with a history stretching from Nazi Germany to the Summer of Love stops production

Apollo 11 Rocket Will Be Projected Onto the Washington Monument to Mark 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

The immersive experience will also feature a 17-minute show combining full-motion projection-mapping artwork and archival footage

When Twister Was Too Risqué for America

The hugely successful game, patented 50 years ago this week, had its critics at first

A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service’s Legendary Mascot

How the beloved figure has become a lightning rod in a heated environmental debate

How a Voyage to French Polynesia Set Herman Melville on the Course to Write ‘Moby-Dick’

We retrace the journey that had a long-lasting influence on the enigmatic author’s improbable career

Take a Trip to America’s Hot Rod Heaven

Today’s show-car royalty reinvents the wheel

Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory

An American tale of speed demons, murder and a son’s attempt to complete his father’s unfinished legacy

The Mysterious Beauty of Robert Frost’s New England

These stark yet stunning landscapes inspired the lyricism of the American titan of poetry

The ‘Chicago Defender,’ an Iconic Black Newspaper, to Release Its Last Print Issue

The publication will shift its focus to online content

Hundreds of Artifacts Looted From Iraq and Afghanistan to Be Repatriated

The trove, currently stored at the British Museum for safekeeping, includes 4th-century Buddhist sculpture fragments and 154 Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets

The Walkman’s Invention 40 Years Ago Launched a Cultural Revolution

In 1979, the new device forever changed the way we listened to music

How the Camera Introduced Americans to Their Heroines

A new show at the National Portrait Gallery spotlights figures including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lucretia Mott and Margaret Fuller

A Lost Work by Langston Hughes Examines the Harsh Life on the Chain Gang

In 1933, the Harlem Renaissance star wrote a powerful essay about race. It has never been published in English—until now

Ancient City of Babylon Among New Unesco World Heritage Sites

Other additions include ancient metallurgy sites in Burkina Faso, Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park and eight buildings designed by Frank LLoyd Wright

Trump Has Been Unrealistic About His Talks With North Korea. Here’s Why We Shouldn’t Dismiss the Meetings Altogether

When President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un met at the Demilitarized Zone last month, and Trump became the first U.S. president to take steps in North Korea, the overwhelming response was cynicism. Believe us, we know that the continuing saga between the United States and North Korea is confusing and complicated.…

Bossa Nova Became a Turning Point in Brazilian Culture. João Gilberto Helped Launch It

The musician, who died at 88, developed the understated style in his sister’s bathroom, launching the cool, sophisticated sound to international acclaim

Lion of Mosul Statue Brought Back Through 3-D Printed Replica

The resurrected sculpture is featured in the Imperial War Museum’s ‘Culture Under Attack’ exhibition

Last Laugh: ‘MAD’ Magazine Will Soon Disappear From Newsstands

The iconic satire publication plans to reprint archival material with new covers, but will stop publishing new issues

Thousands of Newly Unearthed Photographs Document Ugandans’ Life Under Idi Amin

Around 150 of the images are now on view at the Uganda Museum in Kampala

Hong Kong Needs a Deep Dialogue of Reconciliation In Order to Move Forward

Hong Kong has a longstanding, admirable protest culture that is peaceful, but recent acts of vandalism have jolted the city. Having let off steam through orderly means on the one hand, and through violent means on the other hand, Hong Kong needs to ready itself for reflection on its predicament. The people of this city…

The Maryland 400 Lost a Battle But Helped Win a War. On the 4th of July, We Should Remember Their Sacrifice

Somewhere deep beneath the bustling streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., lie the remains of perhaps the most important, yet most forgotten, citizen soldiers in American history: the heroic young men from Maryland whose suicide mission against an overwhelming British Army on Aug. 27, 1776, bought the precious time needed for General George Washington and the Continental…

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