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How the Pacemaker Developed from an Everyday Radio

Smithsonian Channel
When Wilson Greatbatch invented the pacemaker, he was fulfilling a promise he'd made to God: keep him alive during WWII, and he'd dedicate his life to helping others. From: MY MILLION DOLLAR INVENTION: Life and Death

Is This Scene from Die Hard Really Possible?

Smithsonian Channel
The hallmark of every Die Hard movie is John McClane's ability to get out of the most dangerous situations with the minimum of effort - often using the most unlikely props. From: THE REAL STORY: Live Free or Die Hard

The Crab Nebula in 60 Seconds

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
In 1054 A.D., a star's death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth. Now, almost a thousand years later, a superdense neutron star left behind by the explosion is spewing out a blizzard of extremely high-energy particles into the expanding debris field known as the Crab Nebula.

​Why Do Sea Lions Bark?

Smithsonian Channel
If you're near a sea lion, chances are you'll hear its distinctive bark before you see it. Here, caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo explain why they make these sounds and what they're trying to say. From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Sea Mammal Smarts

Behind the Scenes with Project PHaEDRA Step 1

Smithsonian Institution
Want to learn more about how the Project Phaedra collections--including all the notebooks from the Women Glass Computers--from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics get processed, cataloged, digitized, and ultimately imported into the Transcription Center for volunpeers to work on? Check out this video--the first in a new behind-the-scenes series- from Project Phaedra Staff. Want to learn more? email us anytime at

Meet the Team Doing Groundbreaking Evolutionary Research

Smithsonian Channel
To effectively gather data about native flycatchers, Solomon Islands-based biologist Albert Uy must rely on the help of local guides, as well as his own wife. They make quite a team. From: ISLANDS OF CREATION"

Star Stories: Itcohorucika and His Brothers

National Museum of the American Indian
This animation tells the Ho-Chunk story of jealous brothers and good brothers, who are really stars. It is one of nine traditional Native American stories that are part of the National Museum of the American Indian inaugural exhibition "Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World," which is on view through April 20, 2019.

Incredible Timelapse of Dry Badlands Thunderstorm

Smithsonian Channel
In South Dakota, thousands of fireflies, in the midst of a mating ritual, compete against the bright stars that light up the dark skies of the Badlands. Often, it's hard to tell one from the other. From the Show: America's Badlands

The Top of Her Class

Smithsonian Channel
Meet the M.V. Solitaire, the world's biggest and fastest pipe-layer. Will she still be able to smoke the competition on her toughest assignment yet? From the Series: Mighty Ships: M.V. Solitaire

Mystery of the Hope Diamond: Behind the Scenes

Smithsonian Channel
Our film crew recreates the glamorous life of socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean. The one-time owner of the Hope Diamond was rumored to occasionally display the Hope Diamond on the neck of her Great Dane. From: MYSTERY OF THE HOPE DIAMOND

This Train Hauls Fish Up a Mountain for a Living

Smithsonian Channel
The path of the North Rail Express from Norway to Sweden is a challenging one: starting at sea level, the train will have to climb 25 miles up into the mountains, weighed down with a heavy cargo of fresh fish. From the show Mighty Trains:

Aerial America - California: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
The most beautiful drive in California is even more stunning from the air. Travel along the edge of American culture, down the Pacific Coast Highway and through the Golden State with Aerial America. From the Series: Aerial America: California

Director's Choice - The Sick Child by J. Bond Francisco

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum Director Elizabeth Broun shares her thoughts about personal favorites from the museum collection. A few years ago when the museum considered buying this painting, called The Sick Child by J. Bond Francisco, some people thought the subject was just too sentimental, too Victorian and schmaltzy. We acquired it anyway because in the early 20th century, it was one of the most famous American paintings anywhere. The artist kept it in his studio until he died, in 1931, but thousands of reproductions had been made of it and displayed in doctors' offices all across the country. The Sick Child was familiar to every parent who ever had a desperately ill child.

Warthog on the Run

Smithsonian Channel
When the lions get hungry, they go after the only prey available, one unlucky warthog. From: WHEN LIONS ATTACK

Design Imitates Life - James Korris

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
James Korris' work is at the forefront of creative visualization in national defense technologies. He came to the defense industry following working Hollywood studio production, producing and writing.

Why Deception Valley's Deadly Heat is Good for Wildlife

Smithsonian Channel
The harsh climate of Deception Valley, a remote section of the Kalahari, deters people from living there. As a result, it's become one of the most pristine wildlife habitats in the world. From the Series: Aerial Africa: Botswana

Vantage Point : Rosalie Favell - If only you could love me ...

National Museum of the American Indian
In her intimate portraits, Rosalie Favell (Cree Métis, b. 1958) confronts issues of gender, sexuality, and race through the use of imagery drawn from popular culture and family photo albums. Her work "If only you could love me..." (2003) refers to Frida Kahlo's 1940 painting "Self Portrait with Cropped Hair," complicating its questions of gender and sexuality and injecting issues of mixed-race identity and historical conflict. The image calls to mind both the cutting of hair in times of mourning and historic photographs of Native American children at boarding schools, where they were dressed in suits and their long hair was cut short. Favell's work is featured in "Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection," on view through August 7, 2011 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Tigers Use Urine to Figure Out If They Have Chemistry

Smithsonian Channel
Young tiger Kumal is spellbound by a female tiger he encounters in a local stretch of forest. If she's interested, she'll signal her intent by way of the chemicals she releases in her urine. From the Show: Tiger On the Run

U.S. Troops in the Pacific Treat Themselves to a Little R&R

Smithsonian Channel
A brief respite from the frontlines of the Pacific War sees American troops trying to inject a little comfort into their lives: from more habitable living quarters to enjoying the enemy's hidden supply of liquor. From the Series: Pacific War in Color: Striking Distance

A Big Helping of Beer and Chicken

Smithsonian Channel
What do a Garrison Keillor sketch, Bavarian beer-brewing immigrants and a place where chickens are right to be nervous have in common? Find out. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Best Small Towns

The Secret Lives of Some Civil War Soldiers

Smithsonian Channel
Hundreds of women secretly joined the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Some women were brazen enough to enlist as self-appointed officers, or double as female spies. From: CIVIL WAR 360: The Union

The Dragons

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
An ARTLAB+ production by Malcolm, Brian, and Danny

Concert - The Blues: Roots, Branches and Beyond Part 1

National Museum of the American Indian
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