This week, the National Park Service marks its hundredth birthday. Hailed by filmmaker Ken Burns as “America’s best idea,” there are today 59 national parks spanning every region of the country—from the mountains of Glacier National Park in Montana to the cactus forests of the Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

Book Talk Celebrates America’s National Parks




When she was four years old, Aidan Campbell made her father, James, promise that he would take her into the Alaskan wilderness someday. When she was 15, he finally did. At an early age, she had fallen under the spell of her father's stories from his first book, The Final Frontiersman, about his cousin Heimo Korth's life in the Alaskan bush. A decade later, when Korth invited him to spend a summer building a cabin in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Campbell decided to bring Aidan along. Father and daughter set off together for one of the most isolated, and magnificent, landscapes in North America.

A Father And Daughter Brave The Alaskan Wilderness


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Today is the centenary of the worst single battle in the history of the world, which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of young men. It's hard not to be deeply moved, watching the events at the magnificent Luytens monument in Picardy.

The Battle of The Somme: 100 Years On




Homer’s Iliad—a 3,000-year-old epic poem—continues to shape how we think about war. “Every adjective evokes the destruction and tragedy of war,” says Caroline Alexander, author of The Iliad: A New Translation. Alexander, a frequent contributor to National Geographic, has made her name writing about modern-day epics like the Mutiny on the Bounty and Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. But Homer has been what the trained classicist calls “the abiding passion of my heart.”

Author of a new translation of The Iliad says war ...


More than five million people were arrested between 2000 and 2013 while trying to cross the border from Mexico into Arizona. A further 6.4 million were apprehended in Texas, California, and New Mexico. Thousands more perished in the furnace-like heat of the Sonoran Desert, their bodies rarely recovered. Yet despite the arduousness of the crossing and the high-tech surveillance systems arrayed against them, most of the survivors will attempt to cross again.

Inside Migrants’ Lives On The US-Mexican Border



Bill Nye brought science into kids’ lives and made us laugh. He inspires memes, has his own bow tie line and has appeared on numerous television shows, including, earlier this month, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, National Geographic Channel’s Explorer series. He’s even been a guest on Dancing With the Stars. But under the stardust is a serious scientist who started life as a humble mechanical engineer at Boeing and is now on a mission to combat scientific ignorance and fight against climate change. His new book, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science To Change The World, mixes science and his trademark humor to rally a new “Greatest Generation”—ours—to solve a global climate change crisis that he believes is more threatening to our survival than World War Two.

Bill Nye, The Science Guy, On How to Fix Climate ...