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Episode 28

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee, and Sonny Terry sing the praises of larger-than-life mythic characters like John Henry and Joe Turner. And we enjoy some distant sounds from Paraguay, Indonesia, and Gambia.

Episode 29

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
North Carolina’s Elizabeth Cotton shows off how to play a guitar upside down and backwards, New Orleans chanteuse Lizzy Miles asks “Who's sorry now?” and Lucinda Williams mourns a one-night stand.

Episode 30

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Bluesman Reverend Gary Davis sings of a golden city with pearly gates, Paul Robeson compares earthy freedom to divine deliverance, and Doc Watson asks the fundamentally profound question, “Was I born to die?”

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.

Episode 32

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Where is “home” for you? In this episode, we explore our yearnings for home, with songs of longing from Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Doc Watson, and far-flung wanderers in Chile, Canada, Kenya, and The Bahamas. Radio for the homesick listener on Tapestry of the Times.

Episode 33

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
For better or for worse, we live in a world stocked with guns, and whatever your opinion on the issue, there's a song to match. Calypso master Mighty Sparrow sings of Trinidadian gun smugglers and Kentucky songster George Davis sings about staring down the barrel at a shotgun wedding plus more.

Episode 34

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
From Kenyan harvests to Creole cuisine, and Crescent City waffles to cold pizza for breakfast... music in praise of food in all its wonderful varieties. We hear a Native American song for a buffalo feast and Josh White's iconic down-at-the-heels anthem “One Meat Ball,” plus more.

Episode 35

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Ballads about legendary hurricanes and storms at sea, blues tunes about rainy days, and songs of hope that sunny days are right around the corner. Music from the likes of Maybelle Carter, Lonnie Johnson, and green-earth poetry from Langston Hughes, Sarah Webster Fabio and Virginia Bennett.

Episode 36

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Songs of farewell this hour on Tapestry of the Times... goodbyes to sweethearts, families, childhood homes, and old jobs we'd maybe rather forget. Music from Chile, Kyrgyzstan, and American legends Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Doc Watson, and cowboy poet Buck Ramsey.

Songs of Animals (Program #7)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
In this show we jump into the world of animal sounds and songs about animals. Of course there are many songs about animals. But Michael’s father Moe Asch also released a number of recordings of animal sounds, some straightforward recordings and others, well, you’ll hear throughout the hour. Michael will pair a song about an animal with the sounds of the animal, all from the wide ranging Folkways Records catalogue. Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is a 26-part series hosted by Michael Asch that features the original recordings of Folkways Records.

Smithsonian Scientists Conduct Biological Survey on Bikini Atolls

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Image of scientists on Bikini Atoll during the 1946-47 Operation Crossroads, 1947, 92-11701.

Transcript of Leonard P. Schultz Oral History, SI Archives Record Unit 9510.

Video clip of Operation Crossroads footage, Accession 95-138.

Audio Clip, Leonard P. Schultz discussing his selection to the Operation Crossroads team, Record Unit 9510.

Audio Clip, Leonard P. Schultz describing the explosion of the Atomic Bomb, Record Unit 9510.

Leonard P. Schultz Oral History Interviews, Record Unit 9510.

In 1946, Smithsonian staff join a team of scientists at the request of the U. S. Navy to send experts to the Marshall Islands. Called Operation Crossroads, scientists conduct a biological survey of the Bikini Atolls prior to testing the atomic bomb there. Leonard Peter Schultz, ichthyologist, and Joseph P.E. Morrison, invertebrate zoologist, at the National Museum of Natural History, were among the scientists sent on the survey.

The Bikini scientists survey of plants and animals on and around Bikini, Eniwetok, Rongelap and Rongerik Atolls, and compile data on the abundance and distribution of organisms prior to the bomb tests. They also collect specimens after the bomb tests, to compare with the earlier data.

One year later, on June 28, 1947, Schultz and Morrison return to the Bikini Atoll, to conduct a resurvey. Frederick M. Bayer, a young, newly hired invertebrate zoologist at the museum specializing in corals also goes. This Smithsonian team conducts a wide range of studies and brings in many new collections to the National Museum which stimulate a great deal of research on the flora and fauna of the region.

Oral history interview with George C. Seybolt, 1985 April 2-16

Archives of American Art
Transcript: 239 pages.

An Interview with George C. Seybolt conducted 1985 April 2-16, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Oral history interview with Robert C. Vose, 1986 June 27-July 23

Archives of American Art
Transcript: 172 pages

An interview of Robert C. Vose conducted 1986 June 27-1986 July 23, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Alexander Wetmore Elected Secretary

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Oehser book says the date of election occurred in 1944, but Wetmore was elected at the January 12, 1945, meeting of the Board of Regents according to the Annual Report and minutes of the Board of Regents.

Image of Alexander Wetmore, 1944, Negative Number: 82-3138.

Audio Clip of Alexander Wetmore's second Oral History Interview describing how he hired new staff, Record Unit 9504.

Transcript of Interview two of the Alexander Wetmore Oral History Interview, Record Unit 9504.

Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 63.

Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1945. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1946, p. 7.

Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978) is elected the sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on 12 January 1945 by the Board of Regents. A noted ornithologist, he had been associated with the Institution since 1924, when he served for a short time as director of the National Zoological Park. He had also served as Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum from 1925 through 1948, and had served as Acting Secretary since July 1, 1944, when Secretary Charles Greeley Abbot retired. Wetmore served a seven year term as Secretary, from 12 January 1945 to 31 December 1952.

This One's for Dilla

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Even if you’ve never heard his name, you’ve probably heard his sound. J Dilla was a prolific hip-hop artist who collaborated with many hip-hop greats – from Questlove to Erykah Badu to Eminem. In this episode, we’re telling the story of J Dilla’s life and legacy through those that knew him best – his mother (aka Ma Dukes), James Poyser, and Frank Nitt – and some surprising objects on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

LIVE! Cookin' Up Stories

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Does your ham sandwich have something to say? Quite possibly. Food can be a powerful storytelling tool. Many chefs, like authors, carefully craft meals or menus to transform a dining experience into a cultural, historical, or educational adventure. This week on Sidedoor, chef Jerome Grant from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Maricel Presilla, who was the first female Latin American guest chef at the White House, discuss the story-rich menus that put them in the spotlight. Recorded live at the National Museum of American History’s Food History Weekend.

The Hungry Hungry Hippo Baby

Smithsonian American Art Museum

A hippo, an orangutan, and a scientist walk into a milk bar... or so our story goes. In January 2017, a baby hippo was born at the Cincinnati Zoo six weeks premature and some 30 pounds underweight. Her name was Fiona, and getting her to put on pounds was a life or death matter. Unfortunately, nursing wasn't an option and the only hippo formula recipe on file was old and out of date. To devise a new one, team Fiona turned to the scientists at the world's largest exotic milk repository at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. But could they do it in time…and would Fiona drink it?

Murder Is Her Hobby

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Heiress, divorcée … mother of forensic science? Frances Glessner Lee was not your average 19th century woman. Using the skills that high-society ladies were expected to have -- like sewing, crafting, and knitting -- Frances revolutionized the male-dominated world of crime scene investigation. Her most celebrated contribution: 19 intricate dioramas depicting violent murder scenes. In this episode of Sidedoor, we'll explore Frances's morbid obsession, and discover why the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery has chosen to put them on display.

Confronting the Past

Smithsonian American Art Museum

In 1921, a riot destroyed almost 40 blocks of a wealthy black neighborhood in North Tulsa, Oklahoma. No one knows exactly how many people died, no one was ever convicted, and no one really talked about it until nearly a century later. In this episode, Sidedoor explores the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre and why it's important that you know it. Episode originally released Nov. 9, 2016.

Grandma Turned Me into a Ghost

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Haunted by her not-so-nice grandmother, a young woman finds herself turning into a ghost. Writer Anelise Chen reads her essay “Who Haunts,” and discusses the ways in which our families shape our personal and cultural identities, for better or worse. Chen was recently featured at the Smithsonian's first-ever Asian American Literature Festival in Washington, D.C. Original score by Nico Porcaro.

The Man Who Defied Gravity

Smithsonian American Art Museum

In the late 1800s, Paul Cinquevalli was one of the most famous and thrilling entertainers in the world. Tales of his juggling and balancing exploits spanned continents. But by the mid 20th century, his name was all but forgotten. In this episode, Sidedoor explores Cinquevalli’s epic rise and fall, and brings you inside the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s circus tents for a one-of-a-kind Cinquevalli-inspired juggling revival.

Artist in Dissidence

Smithsonian American Art Museum

An artist steps in front of a camera and drops a priceless 2000-year-old vase onto the floor, smashing it into a million pieces. This is Ai Weiwei, and the resulting photographs are one of his most well-known works of art. Many were inspired; others were enraged. And around the world it got people talking. In this episode, we explore Ai Weiwei’s controversial career, and how he uses art to rally against political and social injustice.

LIVE! Unintended Consequences

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Catty gossip that led to a presidential scandal, the earliest mavericks of American cinema, and the risque Roman origins of a favorite Disney character. This week, we bring you tales of small things that snowballed and had outsized impacts on history, art and culture. Presented live at the 2017 NYC Podfest.

The Mean, Green, Water-Cleaning Machine

Smithsonian American Art Museum

In the early 1980s, a scientist invented a machine that could naturally filter out pollution from rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. So, why isn't it everywhere today? In this episode, we explore the secret behind this powerful green technology (spoiler alert: it's algae!) and track its journey from a coral reef in the Caribbean to the basement of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and finally a port in Baltimore, where it is now being used to clean up one of the region's most polluted waterways.

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