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Defying the Godfather
Fed up with extortion and violent crime, Sicily’s citizens are rising up against the Mafia.
By Joshua Hammer
Before There Was Life
A Mineralogist believes he’s discovered how the basic building blocks of life formed and found each other four billion years ago.
By Helen Fields
Body of Work
Chris Rainer travels the globe in search of tattoos and other examples of the ancient urge to embellish our skin.
By Abigail Tucker
A Viking Mystery
Archaeologists digging at Oxford University have unearthed a mass grave—one they think holds victims of a key medieval massacre.
By David Keys
Dams, irrigation and now climate change have drastically reduced the once-mighty Colorado River.
By Sarah Zielinski
A Walk Through Old Japan
An autumn trek along the Kiso Road wends through mist-covered mountains and rustic villages graced by timeless hospitality.
By Thomas Swick
Presence of Mind
God Country: The Idea that America has always been a land of religious freedom in a myth.
By Kenneth C. Davis
The Last Page
My Big Hang-Up