The Kathy Fiscus Tragedy Transfixed the World. Seven Decades Later, I Can’t Let It Go

A California Historian Can’t Shake His Obsession With the 1949 Death That Became the First Live, Breaking News TV Spectacle

I can walk from my home to the area where Alice Fiscus stood in the kitchen chatting with her sister Jeanette on that fateful late afternoon of April 8, 1949. The landscape is changed now. But with luck, a good map, and a historic photograph, I can get within ten feet of where Alice looked out that window and first realized that her youngest child had disappeared. I have tried it before, and I feel like trying it again as I write this. Right there, at the mouth of an …

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Window Nesting | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Window Nesting

Maria Picassó i Piquer is a Catalan artist living in Barcelona. Her illustrations meld sharp angles and precise lines into a humanistic whole, betraying her original training as an architect.  …

Body of Color | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Body of Color

Naima Lowe’s Installation ‘Ropes, Pinks’ Uncoils Trauma in Pursuit of Black Freedom

Consisting of three lengths of cotton and hemp rope of varying thicknesses—200 feet in all—dyed in shades of pink, “Ropes, Pinks” is an installation work by artist Naima Lowe. This …

Wheels in Motion | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Wheels in Motion

Alexandra Lockwood is a multimedia illustrator based in New York City. She is currently attending the School of Visual Arts, where she is studying with Zócalo Sketchbook alum Yuko Shimizu. …

How a Charismatic Populist Destroyed Christmas | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How a Charismatic Populist Destroyed Christmas

One Hundred Years Ago, Italian Nationalists Went to War With Their Own Country, Bringing the Border City of Fiume a ‘Christmas of Blood’

In 1920, in a small town outside Turin, Italy, 17-year-old Luigi De Michelis was everything his middle-class parents could have asked for. His teachers liked him, which was important to …

The Body, Electric | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

The Body, Electric

Margherita Paoletti is an Italian artist and illustrator whose work is guided by the idea that the body is “an organic container holding life, dreams, desires, memories, and experiences.” A …