The Moral Cost of Cats

Pete Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, is pushing a controversial conservation idea: that as the single-biggest man-made danger to bird and small mammal populations in the United States, outdoor and feral cat populations should be controlled, either by keeping pets inside, or by euthanasia and sterilize-and-return programs.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Sep 20, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,772 words)

The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boom

A gold rush of fossil-finding is turning China into the new epicenter of paleontology.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Apr 19, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,219 words)

The Strike that Brought MLK to Memphis

In a compelling history of the strike of sanitation workers that brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis in 1968, Ted Conover connects the concerns of Memphis fifty years ago with present-day, national movements around labor and income inequality.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Jan 2, 2018
Length: 25 minutes (6,466 words)

Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took on the Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement

In the wake of a sexist email scandal that has led to new management of the Miss America Pageant, Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay reports on 1968 protests by radical feminists against all that the pageant stands for.

Author: Roxane Gay
Source: Smithsonian
Published: Jan 1, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,646 words)

Why It’s So Hard to Find the Original Owners of Nazi-Looted Art

When the Nazis purged Germany of so-called “degenerate art” and looted from occupied countries, some private dealers like Hildebrand Gurlitt capitalized off the opportunity to hoard masterpieces and make a profit. Professionals now search what’s called ‘provenance’ to return recovered art to its original owners. It’s patient, difficult work, when it works.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: May 31, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,737 words)

The Holocaust’s Great Escape

A remarkable discovery in Lithuania — an escape tunnel from the Nazi killing site at Ponar — brings a legendary tale of survival back to life.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Mar 1, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,827 words)

A Photographic Chronicle of America’s Working Poor

Writing Dale Maharidge and photographer Matt Black traveled through Maine, Ohio, and California for this piece updating the landmark study of the American working poor, Now Let Us Praise Famous Men.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Dec 15, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,590 words)

This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization

The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologists, calling into question our most basic ideas about European history.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Jan 1, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,091 words)

Hemingway in Love

A.E. Hotchner reveals the story of when his friend Ernest Hemingway was in love with two women simultaneously.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Sep 23, 2015
Length: 19 minutes (4,984 words)

Thirteen Years Later, Did ‘Spellbound’ Show Us the Power or the Myth of the American Dream?

Thirteen years after the acclaimed documentary was released, Amy Crawford follows up with the eight very different children from ‘Spellbound.’ She uses their post-spelling bee futures as way to examine how social class shapes success in America.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: May 28, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2,995 words)