Smithsonian Magazine’s 50th-anniversary issue focuses on and celebrates the future of our planet. While Americans, along with much of the world, learn to work from home and to self-distance from others to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, Smithsonian offers a look back at half a century of covering the planet, and also offers some reasons for optimism, even in today’s climate of uncertainty.
When Smithsonian magazine debuted in 1970 in the midst of cultural havoc surrounding the first Earth Day—including concerns such as oil spills, the looming energy crisis, the rise in pollution and the decline of wildlife— the magazine promised to examine the circumstances and ideals that shape humanity. In the five decades since, the magazine has continued to be optimistic in its exploration of the challenges and discoveries of life on Earth in a nonpartisan manner.
Earlier this week I talked with Chief Revenue Officer Amy P. Wilkins about this 50th-anniversary issue and the state of the magazine media world today. Amy was the epitome of optimism as she firmly believes the world will