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

Elon Musk Is Convinced He’s the Future. We Need to Look Beyond Him

Elon Musk is a singular visionary driving humanity toward a better future—or at least that’s what he and his admirers want us to believe. For the past two decades, supporters and news outlets have praised him for the bold narratives he’s woven around Tesla and SpaceX, and by extension allowed him to evade scrutiny and…

Progress Is Not A Given. It is Won

None of us can be erased if we refuse it. The idea of love, justice, and freedom do not belong to the powerful alone.

This Is the Phase of the Pandemic Where Life Returns To Normal

At the supermarket, work, schools, restaurants, sports events, and airports we are witnessing a remarkable change. Masks are rarely seen. People are hugging, crowding, traveling. The latest Google COVID Community Mobility Report shows that most forms of activity have returned to near normal relative to the pre-pandemic baseline. But some people are understandably confused and…

The Miscalculations and Missed Opportunities that Led Putin to War in Ukraine

When Bill Clinton telephoned Vladimir Putin on New Year’s Day, 2000, to congratulate him on his appointment as acting President, Putin told him: “There are certain issues on which we do not agree. However, I believe that on the core themes we will always be together.” Clinton was equally upbeat. Putin, he said, was “off…

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Pelosi Visiting Taiwan Is the Kind of Virtue Signaling the U.S-China Relationship Can Do Without

The U.S. House Speaker’s expected trip to Taiwan is no more than costly virtue signaling.

Critical Race Theory’s Merchants of Doubt

What is more divisive than outlawing basic descriptive facts about American history?

Out of the Wreckage of Ukraine, the E.U. Is Finally Becoming a Union

The Ukraine invasion is showing that Europe will come together as a geopolitical union or not come together at all

What Happens When Kids Learn That Racism Can’t Be Overcome

When kids learn that prejudice is permanent it reinforces racial divides. There’s a better approach

It’s Hot Rage Summer. That Means It’s Time for Activism

If it feels like all of America’s problems are happening all at once, over and over, it’s because they are.

Here’s What My Friend Ivana Trump Was Really Like

Ivana Trump was clearly not going to tell you what you wanted to hear. She was going to tell you what she thought, writes designer Dennis Basso.

Amazon’s Dangerous Ambition to Dominate Healthcare

Amazon’s efforts to buy One Medical and expand further into healthcare must be stopped to protect patients’ privacy

Faith Is Powerful. That’s Why Christian Nationalism Is So Dangerous

Its prevalence as an ideology makes it the greatest threat to democracy in America today

An Alabama Clinic Reinvents Itself for a Post-Roe World

On the morning the Supreme Court announced that it had overturned Roe v. Wade, we had 21 patients in our lobby waiting to have an abortion. We cried as we were forced to turn them all away. They cried as they realized the very same medical procedure that was legal only a few minutes earlier…

Baz Luhrmann Pays Tribute to Elvis Actor Shonka Dukureh: ‘An Authentically Spiritual Person’

Shonka Dukureh was authentically spiritual. Her inner life was large and you could see it through her actions and hear it in her voice. She played the role of Big Mama Thornton in my recent film Elvis. She was so loved by the entire cast and crew. Shonka, who was tragically found dead on July…

America Is All Too Happy to Let People Die

Last week, we were told the President of the United States has COVID-19, but it wasn’t a big deal, as White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told the media: “We knew this was going to happen. At some point, everyone is going to get COVID.” Leana Wen, the former health commissioner of Baltimore, chimed in…

The Sikh Idea of Seva Is an Antidote to Our Current Malaise

I remember how dishonest I felt in high school volunteering at a soup kitchen, just so I could mention it in my college applications. Decades later, the memory still gnaws at me. All of us know such insincerity because we say things without any intention of following through, whether at home, at work, or with…

The Reversal of Roe Sealed My Decision to Leave Texas

In the grocery store, in H-E-B, a strange, angry paranoia overtook me. Suddenly, I couldn’t look at any of the faces that passed me without my heart clenching. The produce blurred fluorescent around me, the piles of apples and pears looked so fake as to be plastic. It was a Sunday, two days after Roe…

The Best Way to Slow the Spread of Monkeypox

Only July 23rd, World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). It was a contentious decision, with WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus making the final call and overruling the WHO’s Emergency Committee. The advisory committee’s disagreements mirrored debates unfolding among public officials, on social media, and in opinion…

We Can’t Fix Inflation Without Saving Ukraine

If President Biden really wanted to escape his political morass he might consider saving Ukraine. His approval ratings—31%—are worse even than former President Trump’s. Americans are unhappy about the worst inflation in forty years. At over 9%, inflation is U.S. voters’ top concern, and political analysts expect a Democratic rout in the midterms as these…

What Italy’s Political Chaos Means for Europe

Italy is now barreling toward an uncertain political future. Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the former European Central Bank chief who saved the Eurozone almost exactly a decade ago by pledging publicly to do “whatever it takes” to steer Europe through its sovereign debt crisis, has abandoned hopes of seeing Italy through its current time of…

I’m a Student in Texas. My Teachers and I Shouldn’t Be Responsible for Stopping a Mass Shooting

On May 24, 19 students and two teachers were shot and killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas—the deadliest mass shooting in our state’s history. I remember staring at my phone as the gut-wrenching headlines rolled in: fourth-grader Miah Cerrillo had covered herself in her classmate’s blood to trick the shooter into thinking that she…

Air Conditioning Will Not Save Us

It keeps happening. Every summer, unprecedented heat surges through cities across the United States—in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho; in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio; and in Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey. Last week, a heat wave melted records in Texas with unrelenting highs well into the 100s for days. And just when residents need it most,…

3 Reasons to Avoid Farmed Salmon

Not so long ago, Atlantic salmon was an abundant wild species. Born in the rivers of northeastern United States and Canada, after a couple years in freshwater they embarked on an epic migration, navigating 2,000 miles across the Atlantic to feed and mature off western Greenland. Millions of salmon travelled up to 60 miles a…

Carbon Credits Should Be One of Our Best Tools to Fight Climate Change—If We Use Them Right

Differentiating carbon credits based on their outcomes—reducing emissions, protecting carbon sinks, and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—can steer carbon-market money in the right direction

The Increasing Death Toll in the U.S. From Extreme Heat

Last summer, in the Pacific Northwest, record temperatures melted power cables and buckled roads. Seattle reached a record high of 108 degrees and millions of area residents struggled under the weight of unprecedented heat. Just this year, New York and Boston experienced their earliest heat advisories on record and heat waves are again hitting the…

Why You’ll Need to Get COVID-19 Boosters Again and Again

Several highly effective vaccines were developed at an unprecedented speed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. During the phase 3 clinical trials, mRNA vaccines had vaccine efficacy of 94–95% in preventing symptomatic infections. After the rollout, real-world evidence showed that the mRNA vaccines provided ~90% effectiveness against infection. Then came the variants. The wave after wave…

What I See Flying Over the World’s Cities

Airplanes or cities? As a pilot who flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from London to many of the world’s largest and best-known metropolises, it’s hard to say which I love more. Indeed, these passions are as inseparable to me today as they were throughout my childhood in my small hometown of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. As a…

The Metaverse Will Reshape Our Lives. Let’s Make Sure It’s for the Better

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reports that in the first six months of 2022, the word metaverse appeared in regulatory filings more than 1,100 times. The previous year saw 260 mentions. The preceding two decades? Fewer than a dozen in total. It increasingly feels as though every corporate executive feels the need to mention…

The Founding Fathers Were Very Interested in the Right to Privacy—for Men

Back in 1789, John Adams and others forming the new United States recognized a head-scratching potential issue with the yet-to-be-ratified First Amendment and other state constitutional provisions like it: If language promised broad press and speech freedoms, what did that mean for publishers who might reveal “instances of male conduct”? What if a newspaper dared…

How 988 Will Transform America’s Approach to Mental Health

America is about to take a big step toward better health care. Beginning on July 16th, anyone in America, anywhere in America, can dial just three digits–988–to get free, confidential, and immediate help for a mental health emergency. Now the two of us might make an odd pair teaming up to talk about mental health:…

The Story Behind One of the Most-Mocked Paintings in U.S. History

Long ridiculed, the Howard Chandler Christy artwork of the signing of the U.S. Constitution shows democracy at its most realistic

These Photographs Capture the Indescribable Glory of Trains

America’s fascination with trains is fast-tracked in this study of passing freight

What Made Mariano Rodríguez' Art Uniquely Cuban

A mid-century modernist and native son elevated ordinary Cuban life

This Museum Is Asking People to Remake Famous Artworks With Cake

Through its annual bake-off, the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, provides a fun way for the public to engage with its collections

Who Was Pinocchio's Mysterious Blue-Haired Fairy?

Author Carlo Collodi may have drawn inspiration from one—or a few—female figures in his life

How Ukrainian and Russian Immigrants View the War From Afar

To residents of Southern California with ties to the Eastern European nations, the conflict feels close to home

A Brief History of Red Drink

The obscure roots of a centuries-old beverage that’s now a Juneteenth fixture

When Van Gogh Spoke for the Trees

A new exhibition of lesser known works during a pivotal time sheds light on his budding genius

Australia's Western Desert Art Movement Turns 50

Since 1972, hundreds of artists have painted under the guidance of Papunya Tula, one of the most respected players in the world of Indigenous art

The Race to Save Ukraine’s Sacred Art

The Bohorodchany Iconostasis has withstood religious persecution, revolutions and world wars. Can it survive Russia’s brutal assault?

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