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April 2014

Smithsonian April 2014


America's Best Small Towns

We've crunched the numbers and hit the road to help you discover this year's pocket-size places to go for big-time or offbeat cultural offerings

Re-made In Japan

Where is Americana better than in America? In the Land of the Rising Sun, where adapting foreign influences has become a form of art

By Tom Downey

John Singleton Copley's Grand Tour

Colonial America's greatest painter left for Europe on the eve of the Revolution. A historian and her teenage son made the trip to see why

By Jane Kamensky


Thirty years ago, astronauts set out on the first untethered space odyssey

By Andrew Chaikin

The Twain Shall Meet

Meandering along the modern Mississippi, a traveler finds the landscape the great American novelist loved has not lost its romance or its humor

By David Carkeet


Opening Announcements, Cover and Contents, Contributions, From the Editor, Discussion, From the Castle



This month our theme is speed, the accelerating winds of Venus, the race to discover species and the mad rush of our quickest emotion

Manchester's Melting Pot

The great chess champion plots his next moves in the games of global politics and computer intelligence

By Sue Halpern and Bill McKibben

The First Wonder Women

The ancient Greeks obsessed over the legend of the Amazons. Was there any truth behind the myth?

By Amanda Foreman

Smithsonian, Books, Fast Forward

What's new around the Mall