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June 2014

Smithsonian June 2014


These Artistic Interpretations of the Star-Spangled Banner Call Out the Inner Patriot

In paintings, photos, music, videos and poetry, contemporary artists intrepret the flag that bravely waved above Fort McHenry

By Smithsonian magazine

Voice from the Deep

While captive in a Navy program, a beluga whale named Noc began to mimic human speech. What was behind his attempt to talk to us?

By Charles Siebert

Father Figure

Whistler's mother is a superstar. But the painter's dad has languished in obscurity-until now

By Jeff MacGregor

Makeover for Mont-Sant-Michel

A renovation project harnesses the power of the sea to preserve one of the world's most iconic islands

By Alexander Stille


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



This month our theme is invasions, of the crazy ants, civilian drones, ancient fish and pixelated aliens.

Out of Africa, Into the Bronx

With fufu and azonto, a tightknit community of Ghanaians spices up New York City's invisible borough

By Sue Halpern and Bill McKibben

The First Wearables

Long before Google Glass, humans donned high-tech devices that synchronized our every move

By Clive Thompson

Smithsonian, Books, Fast Forward

What's new around the Mall