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World May 04How to help India during its COVID surge — 12 places you can donate
People around the world are rallying to get India oxygen and other supplies amid its COVID crisis.
Politics Mar 26Immigrant families in limbo as Biden’s immigration bill fails to get support in Congress
After years of failed attempts, Congress is again struggling to make any headway on immigration reform. President Joe Biden’s massive immigration bill has failed to gain the support it needs to pass as is, leaving immigrant families caught in limbo.
Arts Mar 22WATCH: Director Lee Isaac Chung on how faith grounds ‘Minari’
For “Minari,” writer and director Lee Isaac Chung drew on his memories of religion growing up in the south.
Arts Mar 12Unraveling the mystery of a pioneering American painter’s missing work
Imagine discovering that a painting on your wall is a long, lost masterpiece. In two recent cases, the story centers on Jacob Lawrence, a pioneering American modernist painter. Lydia Gordon, of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is our…
Arts Feb 16Universities look to the past to understand their relationships with race
In the aftermath of the killings by police of George Floyd and other black men and women, American institutions of all kinds have looked to their past and present to understand their relationships to race and racism. That reckoning continues…
Nation Feb 01Deported without their children, separated mothers hope to be reunited years later
President Biden is expected to sign a series of executive orders this week on immigration, including one setting up a task force to reunite families separated at the Mexican border under former President Trump’s "zero tolerance policy." Amna Nawaz reports…
Arts Feb 01Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas on music and mentoring amid a pandemic
A symphony requires all musicians playing their parts in harmony, but the pandemic makes that delicate choreography all the more challenging. Jeffrey Brown talks to maestro Michael Tilson Thomas about that and passing the baton to a younger generation as…
Arts Aug 21A cultural exploration of face masks during disease outbreaks
Face masks have become part of our daily lives in a way few would have anticipated only months ago. Yet the coronavirus pandemic is not the first American crisis in which face coverings have played a central role. The Smithsonian…
Arts Aug 13Playwright Jeremy O. Harris doesn’t miss ‘theater in a building’
How will theater weather the pandemic? Especially in its more fearless forms, it will always adapt to reach audiences, said the playwright behind "Slave Play."…
Arts Jul 27Songwriters are often unsung artists. Here are 5 you should know
Songwriting duo Louis York picks five songwriters who deserve more credit.