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Who Else Did John Wilkes Booth Plan to Kill?

Smithsonian Channel
John Wilkes Booth planned to kill Lincoln and two other members of his cabinet. And he wanted the murders to all happen at the same time. From: LINCOLN'S LAST DAY

Who Is Tian Tian?

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The flower plaque at the entrance to China: Tradition and the Art of Living at the 2014 Folklife Festival prominently features a character named Tian Tian. Created by artist Danny Yung, the blank boyish figure represents curiosity and the desire to learn and explore. Editing: Ed Fry, Charlie Weber [Catalog No. CFV10643; Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Institution]

Who Really Invented Monopoly?

Smithsonian Channel
Monopoly, arguably the most-famous board game, was invented by Charles Darrow. But many attribute the original idea to Lizzie Magie, a Quaker and the creator of the Landlord's Game, which bears striking resemblance to its more-popular successor. From: MY MILLION DOLLAR INVENTION: Guns and Goldmines

Who Said the Victorians Were Prudish About Sex?

Smithsonian Channel
The Victorian era was famously uptight about all things sexual; but you wouldn’t have guessed it based on the life on Queen Victoria’s second son, Albert "Bertie" Edward – a man of prodigious sexual appetites. From the Series: Private Lives of Monarchs:

Who Tells Your Story? Exploring Women and Identity

National Portrait Gallery
Women’s identities are complex, intersecting with race, class, sexuality, etc., and have often been overlooked or erased from history. What is the importance of being able to express yourself and voice your story? In this webinar, National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum educators will discuss featured artworks Henrietta Lacks by Kadir Nelson and Portrait of Mnonja by Mickalene Thomas, as well as additional relevant artworks. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. To learn more, visit:

Who Was Celia Cruz?

Smithsonian Music
Marvette Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, discusses who Celia Cruz was and presents objects held in our collections.

Who Was Irving Berlin?

Smithsonian Music
Dwight Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History, discusses Irving Berlin and presents related collection objects.

Who Was King Tut's Father?

Smithsonian Channel
To untangle Tut's family tree, experts examined DNA from 10 royal mummies suspected to be related to the pharaoh. The results are in. From: KING TUT'S FINAL MYSTERY

Who is "The Public"? Researching Identity in Museums

National Museum of Natural History
John H. Falk is Sea Grant Professor in Free-Choice Learning in the Department of Science and Mathematics Education at Oregon State University, Portland. Before going to OSU, he founded and directed the Institute for Learning Innovation where for twenty years he oversaw more than 200 consulting projects across a wide range of free-choice learning institutions. Dr. Falk has authored over one hundred scholarly articles and chapters in the areas of learning, biology and education, and helped to create several nationally important out-of-school educational curricula. His most recent book is Identity and the Museum Visitor Experience (2009).

Who is the Mystery Woman in Benedict Arnold's Secret Letters?

Smithsonian Channel
An archive of the secret communications between Benedict Arnold and British army officers indirectly reference Arnold's wife, Peggy. It is the strongest clue yet that she may have been a pivotal figure in Arnold's treachery. From the Series: America's Hidden Stories: Mrs. Benedict Arnold

Who owns music?

Smithsonian Education
Folkways' D. A. Sonneborn tells stories of the music makers he's met—including truck drivers in Ghana playing on hubcaps, air pumps, and their trucks' horns—in a session that considers the idea of ownership in its largest sense. Presented by: D.A. Sonneborn, Ph.D, Smithsonian Folkways Original Airdate: April 14, 2010 You can stay connected with the Smithsonian's upcoming online events and view a full collection of past sessions on a variety of topics.:

Who's Faster, the World's First Airplane or a Middle-Schooler?

National Air and Space Museum
Is the average speed of a middle schooler faster than the average speed of the Wright Flyer's first flight?

Whooping Crane Day 2019

National Zoo
May 28, 2019—Happy Whooping Crane Day! Whooping cranes are one of the most endangered species of crane. We welcomed 5 breeding pairs of whooping cranes at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in December 2018. Whooping cranes have elaborate courtship rituals involving dances and unison calls, and the birds usually mate for life. Despite recovering from fewer than two-dozen birds in the 1940s to more than 800 in the wild today, whooping cranes are still one of the most endangered species of cranes. Any chicks our pairs at SCBI hatch and raise will be candidates for reintroduction to the wild. In addition to breeding cranes, we study whooping crane hormones through blood and fecal samples to determine how they affect the birds’ ability to lay fertile eggs. #WeSaveSpecies

Whose DNA Is It?

National Museum of Natural History
Liz Zimmer uses genomic sequences and micromorphology to identify spore-bearing vascular plants, the Lycophytes.

Whose Face Is on the Sphinx?

Smithsonian Channel
The Great Sphinx is carefully placed within Giza, protecting the tombs of Khafre and Khufu. But when was the sphinx given a face? And whose face would serve to protect these important pharaohs? From: SECRETS: The Sphinx

Why $3 Billion Is Way Too Much Treasure to Hide

Smithsonian Channel
What made people doubt the authenticity of the Dead Sea copper scroll wasn't the hidden treasure it described, but the sheer quantity of it: more than 25% of all the world's gold. From: SECRETS: The Copper Scroll

Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keeps This Rainforest Thriving

Smithsonian Channel
The soil in the rainforests of Barro Colorado is packed with nutrients, but where does it come from? The answer lies high up in the canopy, where a remarkable, prolific species of nest-building ants drops its waste. From: MYSTERIES OF THE RAINFOREST

Why 125,000 People Fled From Cuba to Florida in 1980

Smithsonian Channel
The city of Miami has always been a second home for Cuban exiles, driven out by the rule of Fidel Castro. In all, 30% of Miami's population consider themselves of Cuban origin today. From the Series: Aerial Cities: Miami

Why 1995 Was a Big Year for Grey Wolves in Yellowstone

Smithsonian Channel
A century ago in Yellowstone, predators such as wolves were viewed as the enemy of progress and were hunted to near extinction. But in 1995, a bold new plan to reintroduce them was put into place. From the Series: Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators

Why 300 Women Sparked Riots in Confederate Streets

Smithsonian Channel
Unlike the North, the South did not provide for its people during the Civil War, and after years of suffering and starvation, civilians began to revolt. From: CIVIL WAR 360: The Confederacy

Why 500 Men Gather in a Little-Known Louisiana Field

Smithsonian Channel
Five hundred passionate Civil War reenactors gather every year to live in period tents, wear costumes and play out every step of the little-known Battle of Port Hudson. From the Series: Aerial America: Louisiana

Why 900? SI Facilities Management Team in Action

Smithsonian Institution

Why Aircraft Patrols Were a Source of Fear for Nazi U-Boats

Smithsonian Channel
While U-boats were able to evade Allied warships, the odds were much lower with air patrols. Aircraft could force a submarine underwater quickly--and if it didn't hide in time, the Nazi's lethal weapon would soon become a coffin. From: HELL BELOW: Atlantic Showdown

Why Airflow Matters So Much to Your Sports Car

Smithsonian Channel
In the world of extreme super cars, powerful engines always get the glory. But the real key to their awesome performance is managing airflow to prevent overheating. From: SUPERCAR SUPERBUILD: Aston Martin
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