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Mark Ferrari reads you his article selections from the prestigious journal of the Smithsonian Institution.

Current Smithsonian Article Selections
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Sake in the USA - Oct 2021The ancient Japanese art of brewing a fragrant alcoholic drink from rice is being reinterpreted by Atsuo Sakurai in an unlikely setting.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:19:08
The Wonder of Avi Loeb - Oct 2021 Pt 1 of 2The physicist thinks we might have glimpsed evidence of an alien civilization. Despite controversy, he's determined to find more.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:19:20
Decoding Lady Wroth - Sep, 2021On the trail of the first female English novelist, a Renaissance noblewoman with a secret she hinted at in a cipher. By V. M. BraganzaReader: Mark Ferrari00:11:05
In the Land of the Ancients - Sep 2021Archaeologist Ann Axtell Morris featured in a movie created partly on remote tribal lands she studied nearly a century ago. Part 2 of 2Reader: Mark Ferrari00:17:35
In the Land of the Ancients - Sep 2021Archaeologist Ann Axtell Morris featured in a movie created partly on remote tribal lands she studied nearly a century ago. Part 1 of 2Reader: Mark Ferrari00:19:07
After 9/11, Part. 2 - Sept 2021Twenty years after terrorist attacks killed nearly 3000 people, memories from first responders and those who lost a loved one. Part 2 of 2Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:48
After 9/11, Part. 1 - Sept 2021Twenty years after terrorist attacks killed nearly 3000 people, memories from first responders and those who lost a loved one. Part 1 of 2Reader: Mark Ferrari00:18:39
Collect, Wait, Study - Aug 2021Bird specimens gathered during an illustrious expedition nearly two centuries ago only grow more valuable to science. By Scott WeidensaulReader: Mark Ferrari00:08:16
Whistle Down the Line - Aug 2021The golden spike made the newspapers. But another railroad made an even bigger difference to the nation. By John SedgwickReader: Mark Ferrari00:13:09
Don't Call It Doo-Wop! - Aug 2021The world's greatest record store is run by a lovable grouch obsessed with the magic of American sidewalk harmony. By Richard GrantReader: Mark Ferrari00:23:12
Spy In the Forest - Aug 2021A French botanist supported by Thomas Jefferson faced an historic decision. He chose betrayal. Part 2 of 2. By Shaun Assael.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:18:40
Spy In the Forest - Aug 2021A French botanist supported by Thomas Jefferson faced an historic decision. He chose betrayal. Part 1 of 2. By Shaun Assael.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:13:49
Tombs of Saqqara - Jul 2021Inside the Tombs of Saqqara. Dramatic new discoveries in the ancient Egyptian burial ground. Part 2. By Jo Marchant.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:57
Tombs of Saqqara - Jul 2021Inside the Tombs of Saqqara. Dramatic new discoveries in the ancient Egyptian burial ground. Part 1. By Jo Marchant.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:14:29
Listening to Stonehenge - Jul 2021A new understanding of what it meant to be a member of the inner circle. By Richard GrantReader: Mark Ferrari00:06:41
The Sacred Runner - Jun 2021He was an Olympic star. But he was also a holy man who just wanted to go home. By Kathleen SharpReader: Mark Ferrari00:15:15
Rising Again - Jun, 2021The colossal California condor was nearly gone when biologists rescued it from extinction. Raging fires pose a new challengeReader: Mark Ferrari00:21:21
Earthly Delights Part 2 - Jun 2021These truffles were harvested in North Carolina in a breakthrough experiment that has food-lovers and farmers ravenous for more.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:19:01
Earthly Delights Part 1 - Jun 2021These truffles were harvested in North Carolina in a breakthrough experiment that has food-lovers and farmers ravenous for more.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:16:02
Making of a Mom - May 2021Scientists are revealing how a child can shape a mother's heart and mind - literally. Part 2, by Abigail Tucker.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:16:29
Making of a Mom - May 2021Scientists are revealing how a child can shape a mother's heart and mind - literally. Part 1, by Abigail Tucker.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:15
Roget Gets the Last Word - May 2021Long before compiling his famed thesaurus, Roget had to escape Napoleon's dragnet. By Claudia Kalb.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:02
The Light Fantastic - May 2021In the Arizona desert, James Turrell is creating one of the most ambitious artworks in American history. Here's an exclusive look.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:19:08
American Terror Part 3 - Apr 2021Remembering Tulsa 100 years ago. The murderous attack on the most prosperous black community in the nation. By Tim MadiganReader: Mark Ferrari00:17:17
American Terror Part 2 - Apr 2021Remembering Tulsa 100 years ago. The murderous attack on the most prosperous black community in the nation. By Tim MadiganReader: Mark Ferrari00:19:10
American Terror Part 1 - Apr 2021Remembering Tulsa 100 years ago. The murderous attack on the most prosperous black community in the nation. By Tim MadiganReader: Mark Ferrari00:23:59
Wolf Discovers Golden State - Apr 2021Nearly a century after wolves were exterminated in California, an intrepid female founded a pack in Lassen County. Part 2.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:19:13
Wolf Discovers Golden State - Apr 2021Nearly a century after wolves were exterminated in California, an intrepid female founded a pack in Lassen County. Part 1.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:16:40
The Ice Is Calling - Mar, 2021A climate change dispatch from the polar bear capital of the world. By Neil Ever Osborne and Mark Jacquemain.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:13:22
The Fever That Struck New York - Mar 2021The front lines of a terrible epidemic, through the eyes of a young doctor profoundly touched by tragedy. By Carolyn EastmanReader: Mark Ferrari00:14:57
Cuba Confidential Pt 2 - Mar 2021On the brink of nuclear war, America's response to the USSR depended on an unknown spy agency operative named Juanita Moody. Part 2Reader: Mark Ferrari00:21:19
Cuba Confidential Pt 1 - Mar 2021On the brink of nuclear war, America's response to the USSR depended on an unknown spy agency operative named Juanita Moody. Part 1Reader: Mark Ferrari00:23:43
Alphabet & Going Nuts - Feb 2021Our writing system was devised by folks who Couldn't read. The bizarre sanitarium staple that became a spreadable obsessionReader: Mark Ferrari00:19:28
Lost History of Yellowstone - Feb 2021Debunking the myth that the great national park was a wilderness untouched by humans. Part 2. By Richard GrantReader: Mark Ferrari00:18:40
Lost History of Yellowstone - Feb 2021Debunking the myth that the great national park was a wilderness untouched by humans. Part 1. By Richard GrantReader: Mark Ferrari00:18:49
First In the House - Jan 2021Born a slave, South Carolina's Joseph Rainey was elected to Congress in 1870. This step in race relations didn't last long. Pt. 3Reader: Mark Ferrari00:14:13
First In the House - Jan 2021Born a slave, South Carolina's Joseph Rainey was elected to Congress in 1870. This step in race relations didn't last long. Pt. 2Reader: Mark Ferrari00:16:01
First In the House - Jan 2021Born a slave, South Carolina's Joseph Rainey was elected to Congress in 1870. This step in race relations didn't last long. Pt. 1Reader: Mark Ferrari00:17:44
Case of the Autographed Corpse - Dec 2020The author of the Perry Mason novels rose to the defense of an Apache shaman convicted of killing his wife. Part 2 of 2. By Jack El-HaiReader: Mark Ferrari00:17:08
Case of the Autographed Corpse - Dec 2020The author of the Perry Mason novels rose to the defense of an Apache shaman convicted of killing his wife. Part 1 of 2. By Jack El-HaiReader: Mark Ferrari00:14:24
Prairies of the Sea - Dec 2020A vast, mostly invisible ecosystem shapes life on Earth, from the food we eat to the air we breathe. Scientists say it's in troubleReader: Mark Ferrari00:12:43
Evolution of a Friendship - Dec 2020Scientists studying dog bonding have discovered that dogs have been studying us for thousands of years. By Jeff MacGregor. Part 2Reader: Mark Ferrari00:18:03
Evolution of a Friendship - Dec 2020Scientists studying dog bonding have discovered that dogs have been studying us for thousands of years. By Jeff MacGregor. Part 1 of 2Reader: Mark Ferrari00:21:47
Rosa Bonheur Redemption - Nov 2020She was a superstar, then was ignored. Now a family works to restore the forgotten artist to greatness. Pt 2 of 2 by Elaine SciolinoReader: Mark Ferrari00:18:12
Rosa Bonheur Redemption - Nov 2020She was a superstar, then was ignored. Now a family works to restore the forgotten artist to greatness. Pt 1 of 2 by Elaine SciolinoReader: Mark Ferrari00:16:32
White House & Honor Legacy - Nov 2020Laura Bush Salutes the long-serving White House staff. A new memorial on the National Mall.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:12:15
Venom Antidote Shortage - Nov 2020A little-known laboratory is rising to the challenge of saving thousands of snakebite victims every year. By Miles KarpReader: Mark Ferrari00:19:59
Voracious Insect Pt. 2 - Oct 2020A voracious, shape-shifting insect native to Asia is attacking crops. Can scientists stop the swarm? By Jeff MacGregorReader: Mark Ferrari00:18:22
Voracious Insect Pt. 1 - Oct 2020A voracious, shape-shifting insect native to Asia is attacking crops. Can scientists stop the swarm? By Jeff MacGregorReader: Mark Ferrari00:22:54
Knowing Nero, Pt. 2 - Oct 2020Reassessing history's most maligned ruler, notorious for fiddling while Rome burned. Part 2. By Joshua Levine.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:24:26
Knowing Nero, Pt. 1 - Oct 2020Reassessing history's most maligned ruler, notorious for fiddling while Rome burned. Part 1. By Joshua Levine.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:23:49
The History Thief Pt 2 - Sep 2020Precious maps, books & art vanished from a Pittsburgh library. The caper's final chapter was written this past summer. By Travis McDadeReader: Mark Ferrari00:16:18
The History Thief Pt 1 - Sep 2020Precious maps, books & art vanished from a Pittsburgh library. The caper's final chapter was written this past summer. By Travis McDadeReader: Mark Ferrari00:15:57
Senator McCarthy's Nazi Problem - Aug 2020He sided with the German military in a war crimes trial, raising questions about his anti-Semitism. Part 2. By Larry TyeReader: Mark Ferrari00:13:59
Senator McCarthy's Nazi Problem - Aug 2020He sided with the German military in a war crimes trial, raising questions about his anti-Semitism. Part 1. By Larry TyeReader: Mark Ferrari00:17:15
The Virus Hunters Pt. 2 - Aug 2020Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists searched for potential human pathogens in wild animals. They found thousands. Part 2Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:42
The Virus Hunters Pt. 1 - Aug 2020Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists searched for potential human pathogens in wild animals. They found thousands. Part 1Reader: Mark Ferrari00:13:53
The Way of the Shogun - Jul, 2020Looking for the soul of modern Japan on an ancient road once traveled by poets and samurai. Part 2 of 2.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:20:06
The Way of the Shogun - Jul, 2020Looking for the soul of modern Japan on an ancient road once traveled by poets and samurai. Part 1 of 2.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:19:13
The Divide Pt 3 of 3 - Jul, 2020A world-famous bonobo and the celebrated psychologist who raised him are no longer allowed to visit. Part 3 of 3. By Lindsay SternReader: Mark Ferrari00:23:51
The Divide Pt 2 of 3 - Jul, 2020A world-famous bonobo and the celebrated psychologist who raised him are no longer allowed to visit. Part 2 of 3. By Lindsay SternReader: Mark Ferrari00:20:14
The Divide Pt 1 of 3 - Jul, 2020A world-famous bonobo and the celebrated psychologist who raised him are no longer allowed to visit. Part 1 of 3. By Lindsay SternReader: Mark Ferrari00:19:41
Two Short Articles - Jun 2020The haunting beauty of an ancient desertscape and How a medical researcher protected millions of Americans from a new contagion.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:12:15
Home Brew Hero, Pt. 2 - Jun, 2020Meet the grade school teacher whose basement hobby half a century ago sparked America's craft beer revolution. By Matthew ShaerReader: Mark Ferrari00:14:32
Home Brew Hero, Pt. 1 - Jun, 2020Meet the grade school teacher whose basement hobby half a century ago sparked America's craft beer revolution. By Matthew ShaerReader: Mark Ferrari00:13:01
The King and the Conqueror, Pt. 2 - Jun, 2020Alexander the Great changed the world. But archaeologists are showing how his murdered father led the way. By Richard GrantReader: Mark Ferrari00:20:02
The King and the Conqueror, Pt. 1 - Jun, 2020Alexander the Great changed the world. But archaeologists are showing how his murdered father led the way. By Richard GrantReader: Mark Ferrari00:11:53
When the Race Is Over - May, 2020In Kentucky, an idyll for retired Thoroughbreds. By Jay Hovdey.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:13:13
Desert Wine - May, 2020Overcoming heat and dryness, experimental vineyards in Israel teach winemakers to cope with climate change. By Lindsay Fendt.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:14:29
Meet the Beatle! - May, 2020On the brink of world stardom, George Harrison made a visit to small-town America he would never forget. By Alan Pell CrawfordReader: Mark Ferrari00:20:12
Pacific Treasure & Hiking Invention - May, 2020Rise and fall and rise of a Hawaiian export is a shirt tale like no other. The Frenchman who made the world's first nature preserve.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:16:04
Mind Craft Part 2 - Apr, 2020Mind Craft. Understanding how Asian elephants think - in order to save them. By Jennie Rothenberg Gritz.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:14:21
Mind Craft Part 1 - Apr, 2020Mind Craft. Understanding how Asian elephants think - in order to save them. By Jennie Rothenberg Gritz.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:13:22
Surge Engine - Apr, 2020A bold approach to generating clean electricity faces the ultimate test - the greatest tide on earth. By Elizabeth Royte. Part 2 of 2.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:14:51
Surge Engine - Apr, 2020A bold approach to generating clean electricity faces the ultimate test - the greatest tide on earth. By Elizabeth Royte. Part 1 of 2.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:14
The Comeback - Apr, 2020Africa's mountain gorillas are in the midst of a rebound that is sparking new hopes for the beloved primate. By Mark Jenkins.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:16:09
Explosive! - Mar, 2020A new theory explores what doomed the crew aboard the Hunley, the most famous submarine of the Civil War. By Rachel Lance. Part 2 of 2.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:19:28
Explosive! - Mar, 2020A new theory explores what doomed the crew aboard the Hunley, the most famous submarine of the Civil War. By Rachel Lance. Part 1 of 2.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:17:20
Grandma Moses & Arctic Winters - Mar, 2020How our Government sent Grandma Moses overseas in the Cold War. Braving Arctic winters to study fierce, elusive wolverines..Reader: Mark Ferrari00:11:57
Florence Nightingale - Mar, 2020Scholars say there's more her than her exploits as a nurse in the Crimean War. Part 2. By Joshua Hammer.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:26
Florence Nightingale - Mar, 2020Scholars say there's more her than her exploits as a nurse in the Crimean War. Part 1. By Joshua Hammer.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:47
Nature's Pharmacy - Feb, 2020An ancient legend leads to a graveyard in Northern Ireland where scientists are zeroing in on a powerful new antibiotic. By Franz LidzReader: Mark Ferrari00:22:26
The Navigator, Part 2 - Jan, 2020A son discovers the astonishing heroism of the U.S. mission to bomb a Nazi weapons factory in Czechoslovakia. By Brian MockenhauptReader: Mark Ferrari00:18:55
The Navigator, Part 1 - Jan, 2020A son discovers the astonishing heroism of the U.S. mission to bomb a Nazi weapons factory in Czechoslovakia. By Brian MockenhauptReader: Mark Ferrari00:17:44
The Charlatan Will See You Now - Jan, 2019A notorious quack peddled cures at an Arkansas hotel in the 1930s. Nowadays the con game is all for show. By Jeff MacGregorReader: Mark Ferrari00:15:42
The Fertile Shore, Pt. 2 - Jan, 2020Archaeologists and geneticists are close to understanding when humans made the first bold journey to the Americas. By Fen Montaigne.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:16:32
The Fertile Shore, Pt. 1 - Jan, 2020Archaeologists and geneticists are close to understanding when humans made their first journey to the Americas. By Fen Montaigne.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:20
Lost City of Myanmar -Dec, 2019The ancient kingdom of Mrauk U welcomed Buddhists and Muslims. Now ethnic hostilities appear, Part 2 of 2. By Joshua HammerReader: Mark Ferrari00:17:22
Lost City of Myanmar -Dec, 2019The ancient kingdom of Mrauk U welcomed Buddhists and Muslims. Now ethnic hostilities appear, Part 1 of 2. By Joshua HammerReader: Mark Ferrari00:16:31
Hermits & DNA - Dec, 2019A monk living in a New Mexico cave inspires an act of faith. Researchers develop a gene therapy that cures a rare deadly disease.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:17:48
Bicycles - Dec, 2019When Two Wheels Are the Rage. Bicycles revolutionized personal transport. Will the electric scooter do the same? By Clive Thompson.Reader: Mark Ferrari00:15:58
Paul Revere Beyond His Midnight Ride - Sep, 2019The hero was an artisan, activist, entrepreneur. by Meilan SollyReader: Jim Hull00:06:53
"Earliest Idaho Humans" - Aug, 2019Humans in America 16,000 Years Ago-They got here before the Clovis people. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:07:05
Invention of the Slinky - Aug, 2019An accident became a toy. by Rachel LallensackReader: Jim Hull00:08:08
Aaron Burr's Son, Abolitionist John Burr - Aug, 2019His mother was Aaron's servant, Mary Emmons, by Meilan SollyReader: Jim Hull00:07:15
How the Fish Tube Works - Aug, 2019It carries salmon past dams. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:07:08
Why Coyotes Outlived Saber-Tooths - Aug, 2019The big cats hunted big prey until both died out. by Meilan SollyReader: Jim Hull00:06:48
"Vampire" Was a Farmer Named John - Aug, 2019TB blamed on dead relatives who rise from the grave. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:08:08
Game Boy Changed American Video Games - Jul, 2019Handheld, lots of games, long battery life, by David KindyReader: Jim Hull00:08:08
Seditious Glass Jewel in Old Tavern - Jul, 201918th Century bead is etched with secret message. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:06:27
Woman Fought in the Revolutionary War - Jul, 2019Deborah Sampson was wounded, got a pension, by Brigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:08:04
Archaeologists at Woodstock - Jun, 2019The festival really did take on life of its own. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:07:37
Invention of Scotch Tape - Jun, 2019It leads to a revolution in company management. by Emily MatcharReader: Jim Hull00:07:58
Ladybug Swarm over San Diego - Jun, 2019Storm radar showed a cloud...of insects. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:06:14
Navajo Treaty - Jun, 2019Historic Treaty Returned to the Navajo-1868 document cedes them a homeland. by Bigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:07:26
Morse Code at 175 - May, 2019The code still works, even on a smartphone, by Eddie KingReader: Jim Hull00:09:08
Escaped Parrots Doing Great - May, 2019They're breeding in 23 states. by Brigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:07:48
Site of First Country Hit to Be Razed - May, 2019Record studio put 1923 Atlanta on the music map. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:07:45
World's Only Dummy Museum - May, 20191,000 ventriloquist dolls preserved in Kentucky. by Jennifer NalewickiReader: Jim Hull00:06:31
A Brief History of Cooties - May, 2019One hundred years later, a kid's game is still going strong! By James C. Hu.Reader: Jim Hull00:05:42
History of the Spelling Bee - May, 2019America is still in love with the centuries-old contest. By Rebecca Sealfon.Reader: Jim Hull00:08:18
Agua Caliente Indians in Palm Springs - Apr, 2019They've held on to a tiny plot of land in a resort. by Roger CatlinReader: Jim Hull00:08:03
Cocoa Packets Changed Hot Chocolate - Apr, 2019Inventor made the drink using water instead of milk. by Brigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:07:26
Original "Dumbo" Was a Scrolling Book - Mar, 2019Unusual format halted when Disney bought the rights. by David KindyReader: Jim Hull00:08:30
Flooding Creates Death Valley Lake - Mar, 201910-mile lake caused by 0.87" of rain, by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:05:54
Chicago Is Sinking - Mar, 2019Blame it on the glaciers. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:06:53
Radar Scans Reveal Fort Under Alcatraz - Mar, 2019The famous prison sits on an old military installation. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:06:03
World's Largest Outhouse Race - Mar, 2019Competitors don't want to be number two. by Jennifer NalewickiReader: Jim Hull00:06:58
Academy Awards Folklore - Feb, 2019Oscar is surrounded by superstitions. by James DeutschReader: Jim Hull00:08:53
Frank Robinson, Baseball Great - Feb, 2019He broke barriers as player and manager. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:07:39
New Father for American Pizza - Feb, 2019The pie came to the U.S. earlier than we thought. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:06:50
Accidental Invention of Bubble Wrap - Jan, 2019It began as wallpaper but changed shipping. by David KindyReader: Jim Hull00:07:52
GM Introduced the Concept Car in 1939 - Jan, 2019Buick "Y-Job" was stylish and futuristic, by William KnoedelsederReader: Jim Hull00:09:25
U.S. Slave Wrote Biography in Arabic - Jan, 2019Unique narrative is made public. by Brigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:06:14
Poe, Our Premier Storyteller - Jan, 2019He invented American macabre and detective fiction. by Michael CapuzzoReader: Jim Hull00:08:30
1923 Finally Enters Public Domain - Jan, 2019A quirk kept those works private for 20 years. by Glenn FleishmanReader: Jim Hull00:09:43
Fentanyl Outpaces Heroin in Fatal Overdoses - Dec, 2018The opioid is involved in 29 percent of cases. by Meilan SollyReader: Jim Hull00:06:12
What Sank the USS San Diego in WW1 - Dec, 2018A German U-boat did it near Long Island. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:07:12
History of the Christmas Letter - Dec, 2018Ours is a love-hate relationship with it, by Ann HodgmanReader: Jim Hull00:08:00
Wilbur Wright Deserves First Flight Credit - Dec, 2018It was he, not Orville, who invented the design. by William HazelgroveReader: Jim Hull00:07:39
Which Town Is Connecticut's Oldest? - Nov, 2018New find upends century-old dispute. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:05:40
Mud Pot Crawls Across SoCal - Nov, 2018Geyser gurgles toward rail and pipe lines, by Brigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:06:45
Poppies, More Than Just Flowers - Nov, 2018They grew on WWI battlefields, becoming symbols, by Gary KrupnikReader: Jim Hull00:06:55
Maize in Ancient America - Nov, 2018An early form of corn reveals much about bygone peoples. By Charles C. Mann.Reader: Jim Hull00:09:20
DNA Extracted from Seabiscuit's Hooves - Oct, 2018It gives clues to how he was so fast. By Steven TammarielloReader: Jim Hull00:08:57
Mushroom Big as 3 Blue Whales - Oct, 2018Michigan's "humongous fungus" is 2,500 years old. by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:05:42
Huskies' Blue Eyes - Oct 10, 2018They're genetic; most dogs don't have them, by Brigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:06:02
Drunk Birds in Minnesota - Oct 4, 2018Blame it on fermented berries. by Brigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:06:58
Cats Are Bad at Killing Rats - Sep 28,, 2018They prefer smaller prey, mice and birds. by Meilan SollyReader: Jim Hull00:06:40
Ig Nobel Season - Sep, 2018Harvard hands out goofy science awards, by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:05:27
Bighorn Migration - Sep, 2018They teach the route to their offspring, By Meilan SollyReader: Jim Hull00:06:48
WWII Fighter Planes Found in Greenland - Aug, 2018"Lost Squadron" frozen beneath 300 feet of ice, by Meilan SollyReader: Jim Hull00:07:50
Congress Was Once a Hotbed of Violence - Sep, 2018Lawmakers scuffled a lot before the Civil War. By Anna DiamondReader: Jim Hull00:09:20
The Moment that Defines Leonard Bernstein - Aug, 2018The composer-conductor's essence in a photo. By Marissa VoneshReader: Jim Hull00:09:11
New U.S. Space Force? - Aug, 2018The American military has been in space for decades, By Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:09:04
Female Duck with 76 Ducklings - Jul, 2018Multiple broods form a "ducky day care" By Brigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:06:11
Whole Earth Catalog at 50 - Jul, 2018Hippies and techies used it to reshape environmentaism. By Andy CookReader: Jim Hull00:10:18
Why Confederate Sub Sank - Jul, 2018Crew may have died while blowing up enemy ship. By Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:07:29
Flight 93 Memorial Tower - Jul, 2018The edifice will house the world's largest set of chimes. By Emily MatcharReader: Jim Hull00:07:29
Founding Fathers' Food and Drink - Jul, 2018Water was iffy, so they drank a lot of beer. By Amanda CargillReader: Jim Hull00:10:21
S'mores - Jun, 2018Let us tell you S'more about the history of the gooey American snack. By Jeffrey Miller.Reader: Jim Hull00:07:00
Astronauts on Moon - Jun, 2018Astronauts Footsteps Warmed the Moon? Their footsteps certainly roiled the lunar dirt. By Brigit Katz.Reader: Jim Hull00:07:27
Bees - Jun, 2018Bees May Understand the Concept of Zero. They know that nothing is less than something. By Kate Keller.Reader: Jim Hull00:09:43
Ancient Migration to the Americas - Jun, 2018They might have walked down the Alaskan coast. By Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:07:27
Women's Baseball - Jun, 2018They "hit the dirt in the skirt" and changed our views. By Sally JenkinsReader: Jim Hull00:07:17
Polaroid Inventor Edwin Land - May, 2018He gave us more than instant photos, By Ann ElsnerReader: Jim Hull00:10:11
The Annoying "Poet Voice" - May, 2018Poets read their works in a halting, bland intonation. By Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:06:24
Rise of the Christian Right - May, 2018Anti-Vietnam-war sermons divided worshipers. By David MislinReader: Jim Hull00:09:32
Geyser's Trio of Eruptions - May, 2018Yellowstone's largest awakens after 15 years, By Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:05:57
Franklin Manuscripts Digitized - Apr, 20188,000 documents can now be viewed, By Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:06:17
Advice Columns: Uniquely American - Apr, 2018We believe guidance will change our lot in life. By Jackie ManskyReader: Jim Hull00:10:23
U.S. Chemical Weapons Debate - Apr, 2018It got started when 6,000 sheep died, By Lorraine BoissoneaultReader: Jim Hull00:11:48
Human Havoc on Walden Pond - Apr, 2018Visitor pollution threatens historical site. By Julissa TrevinoReader: Jim Hull00:06:55
Wreck of USS Juneau Found - Mar, 2018The WWII ship took the Sullivans to the grave, By Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:05:27
Polk's Grave - Mar, 2018Tennessee Keeps President Polk's Grave Where It Is. A vote to move the 11th president fails. By Jason Daley.Reader: Jim Hull00:06:57
America's Happiest City- Mar, 2018Naples, Florida has older, healthier, more satisfied residents. By Brigit KatzReader: Jim Hull00:06:00
Sightless Visionary Invented Cruise Control - Mar, 2018Engineer who "saw" with his hands crafted automatic speed control. By David SearsReader: Jim Hull00:10:30
Garfield Assassination Forgotten Today - Mar, 2018Yet the president's death changed America. By Kenneth D. AckermanReader: Jim Hull00:09:50
Billy Graham's Legacy - Feb 21, 2018He preached to billions, including many presidents, By Peter ManseauReader: Jim Hull00:07:00
George Washington - Feb, 2018Fake stories about George Washington? Each tale is a legend with a kernel of truth. By James Deutsch.Reader: Jim Hull00:07:29
Tabasco Sauce Musical - Jan, 20181890s comedy makes a comeback in New Orleans, By Jennifer NalewickiReader: Jim Hull00:06:10
Amateur Finds Lost Satellite - Jan 29, 2018Hobbyist detects signals from spacecraft thought dead, by Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:07:15
Wildlife Burns Get Fish Skin Bandages - Jan, 2018Two bears and a cougar treated after a wildfire, By Mika McKinnonReader: Jim Hull00:05:50
The Great L.A. Air Raid - Jan, 2018WWII jitters and a radar blip prompted anti-aircraft fire, By Lorraine BoissoneaultReader: Jim Hull00:11:15
Ten Myths About the 1918 Pandemic - Jan, 2018War and overcrowding made the flu much worse, by Richard GundermanReader: Jim Hull00:11:00
Dizzy Gillespie's Bent Trumpet - Jan, 2018How it got bent, and how it got to the Smithsonian, By Joseph StrombergReader: Jim Hull00:05:56
Prohibitionist Carry Nation - Dec, 2017She used speeches-and an axe-to combat drinking. By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:06:21
Romance of Mistletoe? - Dec, 2017The tree parasite begins as bird poop, By Brian BarthReader: Jim Hull00:07:46
Christmas Ghost Stories - Dec, 2017It's and old tradition that predates Halloween. By Colin DickeyReader: Jim Hull00:10:52
Apollo 17 - Dec, 2017It was the swan song of American space exploration. By Ryan P. SmithReader: Jim Hull00:09:40
First Nuclear Chain Reaction - Dec, 2017The 1942 experiment ushered in the Atomic Age. By Artemis SpyrouReader: Jim Hull00:11:21
What Did Jamestown Colonists Eat? - Nov, 2017During the Starving Time they ate horses, rats, and snakes, by Julissa TrevinoReader: Jim Hull00:05:40
The True Story of Plymouth Rock - Nov, 2017It got chipped away over time. By Megan GambinoReader: Jim Hull00:05:29
1918 Flu Killed Many Young Adults - Nov 10, 2017Millions died, especially recent war vets, By Ruth CraigReader: Jim Hull00:10:51
Poetic Outlaw Black Bart - Nov, 2017The Wells Fargo bandit left verses at his heists. By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:06:18
Ironic History of Mar-a-Lago - Nov, 2017Rejected as winter White House, then Trump bought it. By Michael LuongoReader: Jim Hull00:08:18
Grant's Vision for Black Americans - Nov, 2017President Grant signed the 15th Amendment to get Black Americans the right to vote, by Ron Chernow.Reader: Jim Hull00:08:08
Self-Driving Cars for the Disabled - Oct, 2017New tech improves mobility for those who can't drive, By Srikanth SaripalliReader: Jim Hull00:08:21
Even Colonials Liked Pumpkin Spice - Oct, 2017The seasonal craze goes back to the first American cookbook. By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:06:30
Human Echolocation - Oct, 2017Using vocal clicks to navigate, By Nathan HurstReader: Jim Hull00:12:21
The ABA's Impact on Basketball - Oct, 2017Today's flashy game started in the renegade league. By Franz LidzReader: Jim Hull00:06:43
President McKinley's Assassination - Sep, 2017Lax protection pushed the Secret Service to prominence. By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:05:12
America's Deadliest Natural Disaster - Sep, 2017A 1900 hurricane killed 8,000 in Galveston and destroyed 2/3 of the city. By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:06:12
Black Sox Scandal Was One of Many - Sep, 2017They cheated to get around bad pay system, By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:06:36
Flappers Took the Country by Storm - Sep, 2017Their carefree lifestyle is echoed by Millenials. By Linda SimonReader: Jim Hull00:07:37
What Does an Eclipse Sound Like? - Aug, 2017Phone app uses touch to describe the solar event. By Nathan HurstReader: Jim Hull00:07:41
Company Crashed Two Trains - Jul, 201740,000 people watched the engines collide and explode. By Lorraine BoissoneaultReader: Jim Hull00:10:45
Where Did "Gerrymander" Come From? - Jul, 2017A Founding Father invented the twisty voter districts. By Erick TrickeyReader: Jim Hull00:13:18
Disneyland's Terrible First Day - Jul 17, 2017The park wasn't ready, but people flocked to it anyway. By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:06:18
Spam Went from Necessity to Icon - Jul, 2017Somehow people bonded with the simple product. By Ayalla A. RuvioReader: Jim Hull00:09:21
The Myth of JFK's Jelly Donut - Jun, 2017The president said he was a Berliner, not a pastry. By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:06:07
Dealmaking Brought Hawaii Statehood - Jun, 2017Puerto Rico, take notice: it's harder than it looks. By David StebenneReader: Jim Hull00:07:19
Hot Dogs for a King - Jun, 2017When FDR Served Hot Dogs to a King. The British royals dined American-style with the president. By Kat Eschner.Reader: Jim Hull00:06:16
Jet Indie Car - Jun, 2017A Jet-Powered car raced in the Indy 500. It was well ahead until a small part broke... then it disappeared! by Jeff MacGregor.Reader: Jim Hull00:06:14
Fun Facts About JFK - May, 2017President Kennedy was a war hero, Pulitzer and fan of thrillers. By Lorraine BoissoneaultReader: Jim Hull00:08:46
WWI Changed Weather Forecasting - May, 2017Forecasters began to use math to predict the weather. By Barry SheilsReader: Jim Hull00:09:46
Apple Pie Is Not All That American - May, 2017It came from elsewhere, but Americans made it their own. By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:05:44
Animals That Helped Win WWI - May, 2017Many war heroes weren't human. By Jennifer NalewickiReader: Jim Hull00:08:59
From This Desk, U.S. WW I Were Run - Apr, 2017Pins on a map led to Germany's defeat, By Roger CatlinReader: Jim Hull00:07:25
The Mustang - May, 2017How the Mustang, a Frontier Symbol, Became a Nuisance; Protected by law, they are now too numerous for the land. By Matt ShaerReader: Jim Hull00:06:21
Why Is the Pentagon a Pentagon? - Apr, 2017Designed to fit an odd plot of land, its shape proved useful in other ways. By Alicia AultReader: Jim Hull00:10:23
Begich Towers, Alaska - Mar, 2017Alaskan Town Where Every Resident Lives in One Building. Winter makes Begich Towers a self contained city. By Jennifer BillockReader: Jim Hull00:06:31
How a British Mutiny Helped Create American Political Asylum - Mar, 2017A refugee was returned and executed; outrage sparked laws to protect newcomers. By A. Roger EkirchReader: Jim Hull00:08:40
The Myth That Washington Was a Swamp Will Not Go Away - Mar, 2017The city was founded on rising farmland; later, some tidal flats became parkland, By Carl AbbotReader: Jim Hull00:08:09
The Letters of Abigail and John Adams - Mar, 2017The letters reveal that the second president and his wife had a close and equal relationship. By Kat EschnerReader: Jim Hull00:05:42
Andrew Jackson Was a Populist Even on His Deathbed - Mar, 2017The 7th president refused an ornate coffin as too kingly. By Sally JenkinsReader: Jim Hull00:07:10
Saving Abe Lincoln's Life - Feb, 2017The Friendship That Saved Lincoln's Life. Joshua Speed helped Abe through a crisis in his courtship of Mary Todd. By Charles B. StrozierReader: Jim Hull00:10:53
How Moonshine Bootlegging Give Rise to NASCAR - Feb, 2017After Prohibition ended, skilled smugglers and their souped-up cars took to auto racing. By Jennifer BillockReader: Jim Hull00:08:44
The Legacy of the Apollo 1 Disaster - Jan, 2017The spacecraft fire killed three astronauts and slowed America's race to the moon. By Nancy HendersonReader: Jim Hull00:09:05
Did Ellis Island Change Immigrants' Names? - Dec, 2016Mostly it was immigrants themselves who altered their own monikers. By Alicia AultReader: Jim Hull00:10:56
John Glenn Was Remarkably Down-to-Earth - Dec, 2016Fighter pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator, he was also warm and approachable. By Ben PankoReader: Jim Hull00:08:42
William Howard Taft's Dream Job - Dec, 2016Taft's great legacy lies in changes he made to the Supreme Court. By Erick TrickeyReader: Jim Hull00:12:39
Untangling the History of Christmas Lights - Dec, 2016A partner of Edison promoted the lights even before cities had electricity. By Jamie MalanowskiReader: Jim Hull00:06:24
The American Revolution Through the Eyes of King George III - Nov, 2016Oft-reviled, George in private was thoughtful and eloquent. By Sara GeorginiReader: Jim Hull00:12:23
Amelia Earhart Died as a Castaway? - Nov, 2016A recently discovered skeleton has arm bones that see to match hers. By Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:11:53
Diver Found Possible Inactive 1950 Nuke - Nov, 2016It might be the practice bomb lost off the British Columbia coast. By Jason DaleyReader: Jim Hull00:05:18

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