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Unearthing the Colosseum’s Secrets
A German archaeologist has finally deciphered the Roman amphitheater’s amazing underworld.
By Tom Mueller
Power and the Presidency
Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy began to expand the role of the government’s executive branch.
By Robert Dallek
Feast for the Eyes
Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted witty, even surreal portraits that still look fresh.
By Abigail Tucker
A Plague of Pigs
Now numbering in the millions, wild hogs are wreaking havoc across Texas and beyond.
By John Morthland
Catching the Bamboo Train
Cambodia’s improvised transport system proves just the ticket for local and Western travelers.
By Russ Juskalian
New aerial photographs of industrial sites provoke a strange mix of admiration and concern.
Photographs by J. Henry Fair
The Trouble with Autobiography
The novelist and travel writer explains why this is the only one he’ll ever write.
By Paul Theroux
The Last Page
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