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Line of people viewing erupting geyser (© Dave Stamboulis/Alamy)

The 5 most popular national parks during the pandemic [photo gallery]

July 31 is World Ranger Day! Learn about five of America's most visited national parks (there are 423 parks total) and what keeps guests coming back.
Illustration showing pronouns written on diverse group of human figures (© Shutterstock)

Why do many Americans list pronouns on social media profiles?

Read on to learn why it matters what pronouns you use to refer to people and how the United States embraces sharing pronouns.
People showing their arms in group photo (Courtesy of Koumtebaye Elysée)

YALI celebrates 10 years, honors outstanding alumni

As the Young African Leaders Initiative celebrates 10 years, the program continues its exponential growth. Meet some of its outstanding alumni.
Jennifer Granholm gesturing while speaking into microphone (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

5 contributors to U.S. society with ties to Canada

Happy Canada Day! July 1 is a day to recognize Canadians and their contributions. Learn about five remarkable Canadians making a name for themselves.
World map with certain countries highlighted (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Measuring fiscal transparency around the world [infographics]

The U.S. State Department's fiscal transparency report holds foreign governments accountable for receiving U.S. aid. See how they did in the latest report.
Left: Array of stone arrowheads, knife blades and other tools. Right: Gloved hand holding stone arrowhead (Homeland Security Investigations)

U.S. returns 523 artifacts to Mexico

Antiquities trafficking is a multibillion dollar, transnational criminal enterprise. Here's what happened when someone smuggled stolen Mexican artifacts.
Historical photo of buildings burning (Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cassandra P. Johnson Smith)

Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 years later

The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the deadliest racial attacks in U.S. history. The city of Tulsa and survivors are reckoning with it a century later.
Historic photo of Duke Kahanamoku surfing in Hawaii (© Darling Archive/Alamy)

How Duke Kahanamoku popularized surfing

Surfing debuts at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Learn about Duke Kahanamoku, the native Hawaiian who popularized the sport around the world.
Hand wrapped in leather straps of tefillin holding electronic tablet over Torah (© Jacquelyn Martin/AP Images)

Diversity has long defined America’s Jewish community

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Learn why Jewish people in the United States mirror the country's diversity and why the face of Judaism is changing.