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Harlem Focus | MTA Harlem: Architecture, the Artist, and Decorative Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Artist Shinique Smith has been commissioned by the MTA's Arts for Transit program to integrate her art-inspired design into architectural elements of the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot. John Reddick will speak with Smith about how this project evolved, and how this public structure will incorporate contemporary innovations in building technology and art-related enhancement. The Harlem Focus series is made possible through the generous support of Target.

How to Outrun a Cheetah

Smithsonian Channel
The cheetah may be the fastest animal around, but its speed comes with a price; if it runs for too long and gets too hot, its heart and brain will cook. Watch the Full Episode with your FREE trial for Smithsonian Channel Plus by signing up today at From: SPEED KILLS: Savannah

"The Firmament" Performance Featuring Apollo 8 Audio

National Air and Space Museum
The Washington National Cathedral choir performs a dramatic musical arrangement featuring archival audio from the Apollo 8 mission, including the astronaut's Christmas Eve broadcast of the first verses of Genesis.

Artlab Minute 6-20-13

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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The Breathtaking Natural Riches of Wisconsin

Smithsonian Channel
Wisconsin's fortune was built on timber and fur, and its plentiful natural resources helped bolster the burgeoning U.S. economy during the 19th century. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Wisconsin

A Chance to Hear Abraham Lincoln's Pocket Watch Tick Again

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

This Captured Enemy Plane Helped U.S. Pilots Devise New Tactics

Smithsonian Channel
In 1942, a prized Japanese A6M Zero warplane fell into American hands. The secrets it yielded allowed U.S. navy pilots to come up with new combat tactics that proved decisive in the Pacific War. From the Series: Air Warriors: F6F Hellcat

This is Why Hemingway Fell in Love with Sun Valley

Smithsonian Channel
Ernest Hemingway first visited Sun Valley in 1939 and moved to Idaho permanently in 1960. Hemingway was often spotted in town at the Sawtooth Club, when he wasn't writing, hunting, or fly-fishing. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Idaho

This Tiny Crustacean Has the Most Powerful Punch in the World

Smithsonian Channel
Peacock mantis shrimp possess a secret weapon: a devastatingly powerful punch that strikes prey with the speed of a bullet and a force 2,500 times the shrimp’s own weight. From the Series: Great Blue Wild: Life in the Muck

Don’t Be Fooled by the Charming Name of this Marine Predator

Smithsonian Channel
It may be called a stargazer, but the only thing this ambush predator has its eyes on is its prey – and with a clever camouflage strategy and a lightning fast bite, it’s deadly effective. From the Series: Great Blue Wild: Life in the Muck

A Battle with Cancer: A Reason to Live

Smithsonian Channel
A long battle with brain cancer has left Gudrun weakened, but more determined than ever to study wild wolves and fight for their conservation. From the Show: Running with Wolves

Bushbabies Urinate on Their Feet to Climb Better

Smithsonian Channel
A bushbaby can jump more than 20 feet from one tree to another. Which is why this rat doesn't stand a chance against this primate. From: SPEED KILLS: Dark Underworld

6 Surprising Mummies from Around the World

Smithsonian Channel
"Mummies Alive" tells the stories of six incredibly preserved mummies, each with their own secrets. Join scientists and archaeologists as they attempt to understand the lives of these corpses by using modern forensic techniques. From: MUMMIES ALIVE

DesignBoost NYC: Harry Allen

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
DesignBoost NYC was a two-day design conference held at Cooper-Hewitt in June 2011. Thirteen speakers specializing in everything from biomechanics to filmmaking addressed the conference's theme, "Design Beyond Design" in this series of short talks.

Cherokee Days 2017 - Emergence in a Matrilineal Society

National Museum of the American Indian
The museum's fourth annual Cherokee Days Festival brings together members from the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes (Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) to celebrate and share their culture, history, and arts with the public. In this segment, Dawn Arneach of the Eastern Band of Cherokee tells a story about the importance of respecting mothers, Tonya Carroll of the Eastern Band of Cherokee discusses her tribe’s culturally-based leadership initiatives, and Cherokee Royalty – Amorie Gunter (Miss Cherokee 2017), Alitama Perkins (Junior Miss Cherokee 2017), and Nevayah Panther (Little Miss Cherokee 2017) – discuss their platforms and perform their talents. This performance was webcast live and recorded on April 1, 2017 in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian.

The Mystery of the Magnificent Monks Mound

Smithsonian Channel
Monks Mound in Illinois is the largest-known prehistoric earthwork in the Western Hemisphere. Built by the Mississippian people, it's a stunning site, but its purpose is largely unknown. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Illinois

This 1812 American Frigate Could Take a Direct Cannon Hit

Smithsonian Channel
A British frigate fires on the USS Constitution - but its shots either miss or rebound off its tough oak hull. It's a feat of resilience that earns the American warship her proud nickname: Old Ironsides. From the Series: Combat Ships: Wooden Warships

ActiveMATTER from Material ConneXion

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
ActiveMATTER from Material ConneXion. Design Watch Members got an insiders look at the 22nd annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair with Cooper-Hewitts deputy curatorial director Matilda McQuaid.

Metagenomic Data Visualization | Nature–Design Triennial

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
These visualizations are produced by software designed for studying microbiomes through metagenomics, a method that identifies every organism in an environment at the time a sample is taken. DNA sequences of organisms found in an infant’s gut are displayed in different ways. A color-coded bar chart shows which genes are most expressive. A parallel coordinates graph facilitates comparisons of different taxonomic variables. On view in "Nature–Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial" through January 2020. This video is described.

A Promise Kept: 13 – Dr. Philip J. Deloria

National Museum of the American Indian
Influential policy advocate, writer, curator, and 2014 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) is recognized for a lifetime of achievement in this symposium, “A Promise Kept: The Inspiring Life and Works of Suzan Shown Harjo.” A founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian, Harjo’s legacy of activism and artistic accomplishment continues to inspire Native Nations and people and influence U.S. policies about Native sovereignty and cultures. In this segment, Dr. Philip J. Deloria, Professor, Harvard University, speaks on "The Politics of Culture in a Culture of Politics: Fighting Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriations." Philip J. Deloria (Standing Rock Sioux) is Professor of History at Harvard University, where his research and teaching focus on the social, cultural, and political histories of the relations among American Indian peoples and the United States, as well as the comparative and connective histories of indigenous peoples in a global context. He is the author of Playing Indian (1998) and Indians in Unexpected Places (2004) as well as numerous other writings. His most recent book, co-authored with Alexander Olson is American Studies: A User’s Guide (2017). Deloria is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the past president of the American Studies Association, and a trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. The symposium was webcast and recorded in the National Museum of the American Indian Rasmuson Theater on September 20, 2019.

Cherokee Days 2019 – Traditional Dances 1

National Museum of the American Indian
The museum's sixth annual Cherokee Days Festival brings together members from the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes (Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) to celebrate and share their culture, history, and arts with the public. In this video, the Tsa-La-Gi touring group representing the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, North Carolina perform traditional social dances, and welcome audience members to join them in a friendship dance. This performance was webcast and recorded in the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian on April 12, 2019.

This is How Mark Twain Got His Pen Name

Smithsonian Channel
Growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River fueled the imagination of a young boy named Samuel Clemens. The world would later know him as Mark Twain. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Missouri

How This Mighty Ship Sends Supplies to a Remote Town

Smithsonian Channel
The 371-foot long Avataq has two cargo holds that sit on top of one other. And each container can hold anything from vehicles to construction and mining equipment. From the Series: Mighty Ships: Avataq
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