Vibrant Art Installations Infuse New Life into Abandoned Houses in This Cleveland Neighborhood

Vibrant Art Installations Infuse New Life into Abandoned Houses in This Cleveland Neighborhood

A symphony of hammers, saws and chisels pierce the early-morning silence that had blanketed Slavic Village, a neighborhood tucked away on Cleveland’s south side. As daylight creeps in, a team of artists is busily creating a series of art installations...
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A Photographer Captures Contrasts and Characters in Barcelona’s Streets

A Photographer Captures Contrasts and Characters in Barcelona’s Streets

This article is part of a series highlighting photographers who have submitted to Smithsonian.com’s annual photo contest. Josep Fabrega Agea has never forgotten the first time he set foot darkroom. At age nine, his father took him to Vildacens, a...
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Get to Know Khorovats, Armenia’s Favorite Grilling Pastime

Get to Know Khorovats, Armenia’s Favorite Grilling Pastime

Sitting on a cliff overlooking the Debed Gorge in northern Armenia, the Haghpat monastery is a stunning Unesco World Heritage Site worth the hair-raising tour bus ride up a mountain road. Yet the monastery’s ancient kitchen has stood empty for...
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This Artist Dwells in the Clandestine World of Classified Secrets and Surveillance

This Artist Dwells in the Clandestine World of Classified Secrets and Surveillance

Trevor Paglen thinks of himself as working in the tradition of the landscape photographer. So much so that a work by 19th century landscape photographer Timothy O’Sullivan is included in the mid-career survey “Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen,” which opened r...
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‘Perception is reality’: Why we notice when Justin Trudeau jogs, and why that matters

‘Perception is reality’: Why we notice when Justin Trudeau jogs, and why that matters

OTTAWA – Photos of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jogging get picked up and go viral nearly every time one surfaces online, and the reaction is instant. With each one of these moments his supporters fawn, celebrating his discipline; and detractors...
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This Tiny Picturesque Island Is Standing in for Greece in ‘Mamma Mia 2’

This Tiny Picturesque Island Is Standing in for Greece in ‘Mamma Mia 2’

In the original “Mamma Mia,” the Greek island of Skopelos played the fictional island of Kalokairi. But to shoot “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” filmmakers turned to the island of Vis, off the coast of Croatia. Because the island...
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A Brief (But Global) History of Ketchup

A Brief (But Global) History of Ketchup

Trade wars have an interesting way of revealing cultural stereotypes. Countries often propose tariffs not on the most valuable items in their trading relationships – since that would be painful to them as well – but rather products iconic of...
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New Research Suggests Dr. Seuss Modeled the Lorax on This Real-Life Monkey

New Research Suggests Dr. Seuss Modeled the Lorax on This Real-Life Monkey

Millions of Americans grew up with Dr. Seuss’ Lorax, the gruff orange ball of fluff who doggedly guarded his forest of Truffula trees against the greedy Once-ler. Today, in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, scientists unveil a surprising possible.....
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A testament to the Andean gods survives in Bolivia’s capital

A testament to the Andean gods survives in Bolivia’s capital

LA PAZ, Bolivia — At the Witches’ Market in Bolivia’s capital city, llama fetuses hang above stalls as offerings to the mother earth spirit known as Pachamama. Tourists and residents line up to buy medicinal plants to heal their bodies...
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How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine

How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine

“We need to forget about this so we can heal,” said an elderly white woman, as she left my lecture on the history of enslaved cooks and their influence on American cuisine. Something I said, or perhaps everything I said,...
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