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F. Scott Fitzgerald, Portrait in a Minute

National Portrait Gallery
The NPG's Warren Perry discusses a 1935 portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald, by artist David Silvette. It was F. Scott Fitzgerald who named the self-indulgent 1920s the Jazz Age, and his best-selling novel This Side of Paradise became one of the decade's first literary landmarks. But his most enduring achievement was The Great Gatsby (1925), which, in meticulously crafted prose, wove a modern morality tale set against a backdrop of luxury. Fitzgerald and his talented wife Zelda experienced-in New York, Paris, and Hollywood-some of the glamorous life he evoked. But struggling with financial disappointments, alcoholism, and Zelda's mental illness, Fitzgerald also probed the destructive underside of the era's bright illusions. When he met artist David Silvette in 1935, Fitzgerald was suffering from an emotional breakdown. He agreed to pose, however, and considered this a "swell" portrait. His career as chronicler of the dreams and disappointments of contemporary life was cut short by his death five years later. Filmed at NPG, August 2012. F. Scott Fitzgerald/ David Silvette / Oil on canvas, 1935 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Ask an Expert -- Pioneers of Flight: Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and the "Tingmissartoq"

National Air and Space Museum
Dorothy Cochrane, curator in the Aeronautics Division of the National Air and Space Museum, discusses Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and their exploratory flights in the "Tingmissartoq." This informal gallery talk was recorded on October 6, 2010 as part of the National Air and Space Museum's "Ask an Expert" lecture series "Ask an Expert" lectures are presented weekly at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and biweekly at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. For more information & schedule, see

‪National Museum of Natural History Main Library grand opening, March 17, 2011‬ (r1)

Smithsonian Libraries
This is a video of the remarks made at the grand opening of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History's new main library. Featured are Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution, and Cristián Samper, Director, National Museum of Natural History. The video was shot by SIL's Joel Richard (thanks, Joel!), titles and transitions added by Gil Taylor (SIL).

“We Heard a Loud Boom!” - Interview with Miracle on the Hudson Passenger

National Air and Space Museum
Within three minutes of takeoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of geese causing the aircraft to lose all engine power. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles glided the plane down into the Hudson River, where all 155 passengers on board were rescued by nearby boats. Passenger Beth McHugh recounts her experience on flight 1549, known as the Miracle on the Hudson.

“Taternauts” and Spacesuits: How Astronauts Stay Safe in Space - ISS Science

National Air and Space Museum
In this episode of ISS Science, Astronaut Randy Bresnik walks us through the different parts that make up a spacesuit. Also learn how to make and test your own spacesuit using a potato. Click here for lesson plans:

“Sipping Cider Through A Straw” by Ella Jenkins and Friends

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Purchase 'Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends' on the Smithsonian Folkways website: Ella Jenkins performs “Sipping Cider Through A Straw” with members of the Old Town School of Folk Music and Tony & Kate Seeger of Camp Killooleet. Find this track and other classic camp songs, rounds, silly songs, and campfire sing-alongs on Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends, available now About 'Camp Songs': Renowned children’s performer Ella Jenkins has vivid memories of singing at summer camps, and if you were a camper, you must too! She and her friends invite you to share those experiences and celebrate her 60 years as a Folkways artist with this recording. Ella assembled a group of children, parents, and teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, along with Tony and Kate Seeger from Camp Killooleet, to sing these classic camp songs, rounds, silly songs, and campfire sing-alongs with you. Move along with them and make them your own! Most of all, have fun! 62 minutes, 36-page booklet with song lyrics included.

“Quihubo, Raza” by Agustín Lira and Alma from Songs of Struggle & Hope

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
More info: Smithsonian Folkways presents Songs of Struggle & Hope, featuring songs from the farmworker and Chicano Power Movement of the 1960s as well as new creations that speak to social justice. A powerhouse social activist, Agustín Lira spun out songs that fueled the pioneering political theater group Teatro Campesino. “Quihubo, Raza (What’s Happening, People)” became a Chicano anthem during the 60s, and the title works as both a salutation to the audience and a question about what is happening to them historically.

“On Wings of Love”: Dolly Jacobs & Rafael Palacios

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Award-winning circus aerialists Dolly Jacobs and Rafael Palacios presented their act "On Wings of Love" at the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival under the Big Top on the National Mall. Read more: Producer: Colin Stucki Still photo: Caroline Angelo [Catalog No. CFV10939; Copyright 2017, Smithsonian Institution]

“Mega” Architecture: An Evening with Moshe Safdie

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Architect and 2016 National Design Award winner for Lifetime Achievement Moshe Safdie discusses the four design principles that have guided his work over the past five decades and how they relate to the evolution of architecture in the era of globalization. Safdie sheds light on the ramifications of “megascale” and “megastructure,” examining scale, site, buildability, and purpose in residential, commercial, and institutional projects in the context of the work of contemporary architecture.

“Lessons Learned from the Civil War” with Eleanor Jones Harvey - Summer Institutes Keynote Address

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art. In this talk, Harvey discusses curating her 2012 exhibition, "The Civil War and American Art," and the insights and discoveries she made along the way. Directed to an audience of history and language arts teachers, Harvey discusses the integral role of primary source material to her research, investigates how to “read” a painting, and considers how to engage today’s students with history.

“Historia de un Amor” by John Santos Sextet & Bobi Céspedes

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Representing the "Sounds of California" and the Latin jazz of the San Francisco Bay Area, the John Santos Sextet with vocalist Bobi Céspedes took the Ralph Rinzler Concert Stage on July 9 at the 2016 Folklife Festival. In the song “Historia de un Amor,” written by Panamanian composer Carlos Eleta Almarán, the ensemble evokes a broken heart after a great love disappears. Percussionist John Santos is also a composer, Afro-Latino music educator, and three-time Smithsonian Folkways producer. Céspedes is a vocalist and composer who specializes in Cuban son and other Afro-Caribbean music and culture. Camera: David Barnes, Andrea Curran, Lillian Schneyer, Ryan Shank, Albert Tong, Charlie Weber, John Wetmore Editor: Ryan Shank Audio Recordist: David Walker This concert was sponsored by the Sakana Foundation. [Catalog No. CFV10833; Copyright 2016 Smithsonian Institution]

“Closing the Cycle”: Sustainable Fashion with Eileen Fisher and Patagonia

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
In conjunction with the exhibition Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, a discussion with two fashion leaders whose companies are at the forefront of the industry’s sustainability movement. Eileen Fisher, who founded her namesake company in 1984, and Nellie Cohen, Patagonia’s Worn Wear program manager, will explain how their organizations have innovated the reuse of textiles in the production process and transformed “closed cycle” design into a profitable business model. Moderated by Associate Curator of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Susan Brown.

“Chachme Sia Daare” by Homayoun Sakhi, Salar Nader, Kepa Junkera, and Eneritz Aulestia

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The second day of the 2016 Folklife Festival ended with a welcome surprise of cross-culture. Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader from California invited Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera, along with Sorginak member Eneritz Aulestia, on stage for the conclusion of the concert. Despite a language barrier and no time to rehearse, the blend of Afghan and Basque music seemed to be a natural combination. During their one song together, the two duos traded improvised solos as well as verses in their native languages, Dari and Euskara. The collaboration proved that sharing and experiencing cultures is a positive, worthwhile mission. Videography: Andrea Curran, Joshua Davis, Caleb Hamilton, Lillie Schneyer, Ryan Shank, Abby Sternberg Editing: Ryan Shank [Catalog No. CFV10818; Copyright 2016 Smithsonian Institution]

​Wild Inside the National Zoo: Sea Mammal Smarts

Smithsonian Channel
To see what's so remarkable about seals and sea lions, dive in with ​caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo. They'll show us how they interact with these intelligent creatures and introduce us to a special gray seal who's also a U.S. Navy veteran. From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Sea Mammal Smarts

​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

​Was This Mummy Accidentally Shot?

Smithsonian Channel
The wounds on the mummified body of a 19th-century gunslinger, known to us as Sylvester, suggests he was killed in a gunfight. A ballistics report tells a different story. From: MUMMIES ALIVE: The Gunslinger Mummy

​Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things

Smithsonian Channel
In this short film, artist Maira Kalman walks us through an exhibition she's curating for Cooper Hewitt. In the process, she and composer Nico Muhly bring Abraham Lincoln's timepiece to life. From: MAIRA KALMAN: MY FAVORITE THINGS

​How the Great Fire of 1871 Actually Benefitted Chicago

Smithsonian Channel
Though tragic, if it hadn't been for the Great Fire of 1871, it’s unlikely Chicago would have had the opportunity to redesign the city with the modern skyline it has today. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Illinois

​How Well Can Seals and Sea Lions See Underwater?

Smithsonian Channel
Seals and sea lions spend a good chunk of their time underwater. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo fill us in on how their eyes adapt to sea life. #ZooQs From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Sea Mammal Smarts

​Fascinating: Why Are These Birds So Angry?

Smithsonian Channel
A scientist places a taxidermied bird in monarch flycatcher territory. The live birds are more likely to attack the models that look like them. But why? From: ISLANDS OF CREATION

​Electric Eels Carry All Their Organs in Their Heads

Smithsonian Channel
Since the electric eel dedicates most of its energy into generating currents from its body, all of its organs are located in its head. As this zoologist demonstrates, when you open its mouth, you won’t find a tongue. From: ELECTRIC AMAZON

​Can a Porcupine Shoot Its Quills?

Smithsonian Channel
A porcupine's prickly coat of quills is its first line of defense. But what can these small mammals really do with their home-grown needles. A caretaker at the National Zoo clarifies. #ZooQs From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Baby Boom

​Al Capone and Chicago's Violent Mobster Past

Smithsonian Channel
In an already violent city, Al Capone stood apart. And he proved it in 1929, when his men executed a rival gang in what’s now known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Illinois

ʻAe Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
A weekend-long creative experience featuring 50+ artists, scholars and cultural practitioners from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands and beyond 🏄🏾 Details: The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is pleased to present ʻAe Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence on July 7-9, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. ʻAe Kai will take place in the former site of Foodland in Ala Moana Center, an 18,000 sq ft supermarket situated in the neighborhood between Waikiki and Kaka‘ako, and will explore the meeting points of humanity and nature in Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands and beyond. Following 2016’s transformational culture labs – CrossLines in Washington, D.C. and CTRL+ALT in New York City – ‘Ae Kai will continue SmithsonianAPA's practice of community building through curated artmaking. The biggest Culture Lab to date, most of ‘Ae Kai’s participants are based or rooted in Hawaiʻi, with the majority of artists identifying as Pacific Islanders. FEATURING: AARON KAWAI’AE’A w/ TAVANA Acrylic works with traditional & modern themes ABIGAIL KAHILIKIA ROMANCHAK w/ CHARLES COHAN Traditional printmaking with a contemporary vision ADAM LABUEN w/ ALEX ABALOS Work that blends science and fantastical portraiture ADRIENNE KEAHI PAO Photography exploring fantasy & identity ALOHA GOT SOUL Excavating rare & forgotten Hawaiian music ANGEL CHANG Fashion inspired by rural Chinese handweaving BRANDY NĀLANI MCDOUGALL Tracing indigeneity & colonialism through bilingual poetry CALVIN HOE Mahi ʻAi Kalo (taro farmer) & artisan CARL FRANKLIN KA’AILĀ’AU PAO Multidisciplinary art exploring kaona and wā CHAD SHOMURA w/ LINH HUỲNH Experiments in stranger intimacy CHARLES PHILIPPE JEAN-PIERRE Paintings & illustrations that contrast perception & reality CHELOVE DC-based street art investigating indigeneity today CRAIG SANTOS PEREZ Poetic bridges from Guam to Hawaiʻi to California DR. KEANU SAI Complicating the Hawaiian kingdom's historical narrative HAVANA LIBRE Uncovering Cuba's hidden surf culture JAHRA ‘RAGER’ WASASALA Movement & poetry rooted in New Zealand & Fiji JESS X. SNOW, KIT YAN & PETER PA Queer Asian American storytelling through visual poetry JOCELYN KAPUMEALANI NG Special effects & poetry with a fascination with the dark JOHN “PRIME” HINA Hawaiian storytelling through street art KATELIN LILI’INOE BRANCO Illustrations inspired by animal/human/environmental interactions KATHY JETÑIL-KIJINER Poetry & performance exploring life in the Marshall Islands KAYLA BRIËT Film & music based on Native American traditions & futures KEALOPIKO Contemporary fashion rooted in traditional Hawaiian practices LEHUA M. TAITANO Art & poetry exploring queer Chamoru identity LÉULI LUNAʻI ESHRĀGHI Multi-practice art centered on indigeneity & queer futures LISA JARRETT Comparing Self & Other as an American Black woman LOW LEAF Bridging Los Angeles & the Philippines through DIY music MAIKA’I TUBBS Sculptures from found materials to explore consumption & ecology MAILE ANDRADE Multimedia exploring Native Hawaiian creative expression MASPAZ The power of typography & color through graffiti MAZI MUTAFA Hip hop as a tool for transformative learning MONICA JAHAN BOSE Collaborative fabric & printmaking to explore gender & climate change NAOKO WOWSUGI Reciprocal exchange between art & the world NICOLE A. MOORE The intersection of African American history & Hawaiʻi PŌHAKU STONE Revitalizing ancient surf & he'e hōlua (Hawaiian sledding) RICKY TAGABAN Material culture to explore traditional & contemporary Native Alaskan life ROSANNA RAYMOND Multi-disciplinary art focused on contemporary Pacific Island culture SHIZU SALDAMANDO Portraits about social constructs of identity & subcultures SID M. DUENAS Multi-platform art that challenges the effectiveness of language SLOANE LEONG Sci-fi & futurism from an Asian Latina Polynesian cartoonist SOLOMON ENOS Illustration/sculpture/painting depicting Hawaiian fantasy TERISA SIAGATONU Queer Samoan poetry & healing arts THE SURF PROFESSOR Crafting the Papa Heʻe Nalu (traditional native Hawaiian surfboard) WIENA LIN Sensory experiences about material culture & tech waste WOODEN WAVE Murals & illustrations that merge fantasy & sustainability
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