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John Carlos, author talk

National Portrait Gallery
"The John Carlos Story" -- olympian John Carlos discusses his memoir. Introduction by writer Dave Zirin.

Struggle and Protest (Program #24)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Moses Asch was a steadfast and passionate advocate for underdogs who spoke up for themselves. He cared deeply about unions, civil rights, fights for freedom, and fights against oppression. On this show, his son Michael Asch explores the catalogue looking for songs that exemplify this commitment. Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is a 26-part series hosted by Michael Asch that features the original recordings of Folkways Records.

Ernie Pyle portrait, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery
Jim Barber, historian at NPG, discusses a sculpture of journalist Ernie Pyle by Jo Davidson

Domingo Ghirardelli portrait, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery
Ann Shumard, curator of photographs at NPG, discusses Domingo Ghirardelli (of chocolate fame)

Shepard Fairey, artist interview

National Portrait Gallery
Interview with artist Shepard Fairey, creator of the Barack Obama "Hope" poster. Interview by NPG curator Wendy Wick Reaves

Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery
Jason Schultz, archivist at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, speaks about Richard Nixon and Elvis

The Right Stuff Right Now

National Air and Space Museum

The criteria to become an astronaut has evolved over the years, but it’s still one of the toughest jobs to land. 18,000 people applied to be a part of NASA’s most recent astronaut class and only 12 were selected. In this episode, we’ll explore how the right stuff has changed with the times and get a taste of what hopefuls go through to make the cut.

Episode 31

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
In this musical pub-crawl, we explore the joys and perils of the drinking life; songs about beer, wine, whiskey and moonshine; sad drunks, mad drunks, mean drunks, and just plain stupid drunks; booze-soaked classics from Memphis Slim, Roscoe Holcomb, Lead Belly, Dock Boggs and more.

Today's Lesson

National Air and Space Museum

As part of NASA’s Teacher in Space Program, Christa McAuliffe prepared lesson plans and lectures to beam into classrooms from orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. She, and the rest of the Challenger crew, were lost when the Shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after launch. This episode is about the lessons she had planned to perform in space, which now form an important part of her legacy.

Christa planned six science activities, known as the six lost lessons, that were to be used as educational resources for students around the world. The Challenger Center, in partnership with NASA and STEM on Station, worked with astronauts Ricky Arnold and Joe Acaba to film these demonstrations on the International Space Station and complete these lessons.

Emily, Matt, and Nick reflect on the Teacher in Space program, the lost lessons, and the impact McAuliffe had on a generation of students, teachers, and astronauts.

You can find more information about Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons, including videos, lesson plans, and other STEM resources at challenger.org.

"Portrait of Marcel Duchamp, 3 leads" by artist Brian O'Doherty, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery
James McManus, professor of art history, California State University, Chico, discusses Brian O' Doherty's work "Portrait of Marcel Duchamp, 3 leads" on view in the exhibition "Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture"

Franklin Delano Roosevelt portrait, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery
Warren Perry, researcher at NPG, discusses FDR and his role in turning back Prohibition.

Mary Todd Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln portrait, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery
Erin Carlson Mast, curator at Lincoln's Cottage, discusses Mary Todd Lincoln

John Barrymore by Alfred J. Frueh

National Portrait Gallery

Gastro-naut

National Air and Space Museum

You’ve heard about a gastropub, but what about an astropub? Nobody becomes an astronaut for the food, but space cuisine has come a long way since the 1960s. You can now find espresso and tortillas aboard the International Space Station, but there is sadly no astronaut ice cream. In this episode, we’ll explore the Museum’s space food collection with curator Valerie Neal. And we’ll hear from Apollo astronaut Harrison Schmitt on what it was like to eat on the Moon.

Days of the Week (Program #12)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
It was kind of a gloomy day around Michael Asch’s home when his researcher Rob Wiznura sent him an idea for a show that presented the days of the week in song. It was a blue day, so he thought Blue Monday, because it goes through the days of the week and returns to Monday, as did his idea. But Folkways didn’t record Blue Monday. But then it came to me, even better than Blue Monday was Stormy Monday as it captured the weather and also went through the days of the week. And so it was that an idea for a Folkways radio show was born. Listen as Michael presents material from “the days of the Folkways week”. Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is a 26-part series hosted by Michael Asch that features the original recordings of Folkways Records.

Talking About the Blues (Program #14)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
This show is called “talking about and singing the blues.” The idea comes from the Folkways album “This is the Blues.” It features Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee. The album was built around a radio show produced by the great Studs Turkel of Chicago’s WFMT and was recorded on May 7th, 1957. Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is a 26-part series hosted by Michael Asch that features the original recordings of Folkways Records.

Ray Beldner, artist talk

National Portrait Gallery
Artist Ray Beldner discusses his work on display in "Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture"

Pete Did That? Program #20)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
In this program we explore the various musical sides of Pete Seeger. We will begin with Pete at Carnegie Hall getting everyone to sing together. It reminds me of those Christmas concerts of my youth, singing at the top of my voice, trying to keep sweet and on pitch. That was Pete as he is best known, leading us, helping us to understand that when we stand together we can be a powerful and harmonious collectivity. Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is a 26-part series hosted by Michael Asch that features the original recordings of Folkways Records.

Lena Horne portrait, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery
Ann Shumard, curator at NPG, discusses Lena Horne and her portrait by Florence Homolka

George W. Bush and Laura Bush, presidential portait unveiling ceremony

National Portrait Gallery
George W. Bush and Laura Bush, presidential portait unveiling ceremony

Memphis radio deejay George Klein discusses Elvis Presley

National Portrait Gallery
George Klein, author of "Elvis: My Best Man" speaks about Elvis Presley

Dolley Madison portrait, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery
Ellen Miles, curator of painting and sculpture at NPG, discusses a portrait of Dolley Madison by William Elwell

A Conversation with Andrew Young

National Portrait Gallery
Ambassador Andrew Young, joined by his longtime friend Jack H. Watson Jr., discusses his role in the American Civil Rights movement.
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