Dr. Sabrina Sholts, curator of biological anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, explains where the corona virus came from, how it is spreading and what you can do to prevent getting it. Continue reading Are we on the verge of a global pandemic?
This week, the third impeachment trial of a sitting U.S. president is unfolding. Jon Grinspan explains how historians put momentous times in perspective. Continue reading Thinking about impeachment like a historian
The first female Secretary of State—and the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time—used humor and the traditional accoutrements of femininity to practice her own kind of diplomacy. Continue reading The dazzling diplomacy of Madeleine Albright
To celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day, the Torch is revisiting a chat we had with the Smithsonian’s resident squirrel expert, Richard Thorington, in 2013. Continue reading A world of research from a kitchen window
Transform the grief and despair that still lingers from the loss of Martin Luther King Jr by honoring his legacy on a national day of service. Continue reading Turning mourning into meaning
How do you read an old book that might poison you? Very, very carefully. Continue reading Arsenic and old books
The FY2020 federal appropriations for the Smithsonian includes funding for the Women’s History Initiative and Latino programming, more money for deferred maintenance and approval for the purchase of a new office building. Continue reading Show us the money!
For a quarter of a century, the Museum on Main Street program has brought the Smithsonian to small-town audiences and rural communities. Continue reading Sharing the stories of America
Discovering four watercolors by Yayoi Kusama in SAAM’s Joseph Cornell Study Center Continue reading The Lost Kusamas
John Barrat profiles one of our Smithsonian colleagues whose work is on display in the Artists at Work exhibition. Continue reading Artist at Work: Jackson Tanner