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Maine author makes Smithsonian Magazine for Blackbeard book

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The cover of Smithsonian Magazine this month features an article by award winning Maine author and journalist Colin Woodard, who currently covers state and national affairs for the Portland Press Herald.

Its Woodard's non-fiction book "The Republic of Pirates," and his extensive research into the most notorious pirate of all, Blackbeard, that is the focus of the Smithsonian article and an upcoming television series starring John Malkovich.