Magazine Highlights June 2020


Introduction by Lynne Olson; photos by Robert Clark

  • 75TH ANNIVERSARY: To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, National Geographic traveled to seven countries around the world to photograph and record the stories of the last surviving veterans of the conflict. Subjects include living members of the military and those affected by the war from both the Allied and Axis powers of the time. Photographer Robert Clark and a number of reporters from around the world traveled to a handful of countries including the United States, Russia, Germany, Japan, the U.K., France and Italy. This feature captures one-of-a-kind perspectives from the last of this generation of veterans.
    • Interviews with National Geographic photographer Robert Clark
    • Interviews with inspiring U.S. veterans and survivors
    • Powerful portraits of some of the last men and women who witnessed and participated in World War II around the world


By Ted Gup; photos by Hiroki Kobayashi

  • HIROSHIMA MEMORIES: This feature marks the 75th anniversary of the first—and, so far, only—times that nuclear weapons were fired in war. Ted Gup, who wrote the National Geographic feature marking the 50th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, returned to Japan for what may one of the last anniversaries witnessed by many hibakusha, the bomb survivors. This feature explores the impact of the bomb on the present-day citizens of Japan as well as the survivors.
    • Heartbreaking historical images of the damage caused by the nuclear bombs
    • Interviews with best selling author and investigative reporter Ted Gup


By Rania Aboutzeid; photos by Andrea Bruce

  • WOMEN AND DEMOCRACY: Across continents, women are finding new power in numbers as politics pave the way for more women in decision-making positions. This feature explores the growth of women across all sectors —governmental, workforce, food production and sports and the obstacles they still face in Bolivia, Nepal, the U.S. and Russia.
    • Interviews with best selling author Rania Aboutzeid
    • Striking images of women around the world by documentary photographer Andrea Bruce


By Helen Scales; photos by Stefan Christmann

  • EMPEROR PENGUINS: Photographer Stefan Christmann captured rare footage of emperor penguins in Atka Bay, Antarctica. His time spent there allowed him to cover the mating and parental behavior of a colony of emperor penguins from conception to molt. Christmann’s photographs also capture the impact of climate change on the penguins and the effects of the melting ice on the survival rate of chicks in these colonies.
    • Interviews with nature photographer Stefan Christmann
    • Intimate images of emperor penguins and their young


By Robert Draper; photos by Dina Litovsky

  • SKATEBOARD CULTURE: For the first time in its history, the Summer Olympics have included skateboarding. While this is a controversial decision to some, there are many who believe skateboarding is not only a sport but a way of learning how to redefine the world around you. This feature takes the reader to Los Angeles, the birthplace of modern skateboarding, through the eyes of skateboarding culture and explores the role this sport plays in urban renewal strategies.
    • Interviews with best-selling author Robert Draper
    • Action shots of skateboarders in California


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