Oct
07

Make Way for Elephants

Make Way for Elephants

The endangered Asian elephant may be a conservation success story as its rapid decline appears to be stabilizing. But this has created a new set of problems. With little remaining habitat, these elephants have nowhere left to go but into roads, farms, and cities. The seventh season of the Smithsonian’s flagship podcast Sidedoor opens with a look at what happens when wild elephants go urban. Continue reading Make Way for Elephants

Sep
20

Jake’s Take

Jake’s Take

Torch writer Amy Rogers Nazarov and her 14-year-old son, Jake, recently paid their first post-COVID visit to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. In a series of photos, Amy captured Jake’s reaction to what they saw. This “Jake’s-eye view” demonstrates that art is not always easy, but the complete story of who we are cannot be told without it. Continue reading Jake’s Take

Sep
02

The curtain opens on a dramatic new installation at the Hirshhorn

The curtain opens on a dramatic new installation at the Hirshhorn

Draw the Curtain, a larger-than-life installation by Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party will unveil the unexpected by turning the the building exterior of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden into a massive, 360-degree artwork. Installation of the piece has already begun! Stop by the National Mall in Washington D.C. to watch the transformation, or you can view in the completed piece online and in person soon. Continue reading The curtain opens on a dramatic new installation at the Hirshhorn

Aug
30

The Secret Lives of Mosquitoes, the World’s Most Hated Insects

The Secret Lives of Mosquitoes, the World’s Most Hated Insects

Mosquitoes are intricately intertwined with countless plants, animals, microorganisms and pathogens, yet our perception of them remains narrowly focused on the itchy welts they leave and diseases they carry. Indeed, the lesser-known mosquitoes out there reflect a rich diversity that’s hard to ignore once you take a closer look. Chances are there are more than a few that could save lives, if only we could appreciate theirs. Continue reading The Secret Lives of Mosquitoes, the World’s Most Hated Insects

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