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Woody Guthrie - "Train 45"

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
For more information about this album, click here: and for more information about Smithsonian Folkways , the non-profit record label of the national museum, click here: This video features Woody Guthrie's "Train 45" from the 1997 album "Muleskinner Blues: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2" on Smithsonian Folkways. Digital Downloads are available of this album in both MP3 and FLAC format. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/ Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time. ©2008 Smithsonian Institution

Working With Orangutans

Smithsonian Magazine
What makes human and orangutan brains different? Researchers at the National Zoo hope to find out by playing customized computer games with the savvy primates.

Working in the Wetlands!

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Most people think of science as occurring in the clean and sterile laboratory but a lot of research still involves getting down and dirty in the field! This video shows scientists hard at work getting to their research site in the wetlands of Bocas del Toro during the Carbonate vs Siliciclastic Depositional Systems: Modern Sedimentary Environments and the Geology of Bocas del Toro, Panama field course which took place from December 9th to 14th, 2011. The group is working in the peat-swamp forrest to try to understand climate change by comparing todays environments to past conditions reconstructed from the fossil record. Participants: Carlos Jaramillo, Camilo Montes, Austin Hendy, Luis Quiroz, Juan C. Silva, Edward Salazar, Cindy Gonzalez, Jessica Moreno, Sandra Restrepo, Daniel Rincon, Freddy Niño, Javier Tamara, Jairo Romero and Diego Garcia. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Panama 2011

Working with Indigenous Peoples to Protect Forests in Panama

Smithsonian Institution
As the world’s governments, conservation organizations and Indigenous communities struggle to protect forests and fight climate change, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Fellow Javier Mateo-Vega hopes to build a powerful model for others to follow.

World Ocean Day 2011 'Splash' Mob

National Museum of Natural History
It was a typical summer day in the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History. Visitors were examining the giant squid and marveling at the life-size replica of Phoenix, the right whale. The only thing odd was the high number of blue-clad people milling about. And then surfing-music filled the gallery. The blue crowd began to jam out. A Roundnose Grenadier and orange roughy -- both from the deep sea -- joined in. The "splash" (flash) mob lasted a couple minutes and ended with bystanders and dancers alike doing the wave. Happy World Ocean Day! Check out the Smithsonian's Ocean Portal for more information at /!

World War I: Legacy, Letters, and Belgian War Lace - STEM in 30

National Air and Space Museum
In this STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) inspired STEM in 30, we will look at some of the technological advances of World War I that solidified the airplane’s legacy as a fighting machine. In conjunction with the Embassy of Belgium, we dive deep into how the war affected the lives of children in an occupied country and how lace makers helped feed a nation. The episode will also look at present works of art by artist soldiers on display in the "Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War" exhibition. Learn More:

World War II: Final Days: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
Witness the accounts of those who survived the final days of WWII, from front lines to bunkers to the streets of Berlin. From: WORLD WAR II: FINAL DAYS

World War One: How the Great War Still Influences Today - STEM in 30

National Air and Space Museum
The Great War ended 100 years ago this November. Have you ever wondered what it was like to fly in a WWI aircraft, or what it was like to live back then? Find out the answers to those questions, and the wars impact on today on this episode of STEM in 30.

World's Biggest Beasts (Full Episode)

Smithsonian Channel
Before humans existed, our world was ruled by a land of giants, with fish that could swallow you whole and land predators as tall as the White House. Join us as we reveal the top 10 biggest beasts to walk the Earth, swim the seas, and soar the skies. From the Show: World's Biggest Beasts Watch more of Smithsonian Channel's full episodes on

World's Biggest Spider Gobbles Down an Unsuspecting Lizard

Smithsonian Channel
Everything about the Goliath birdeater is big and terrifying: from an 11-inch leg span to a deadly venom that makes the organs of its victims to shut down and self-digest from the inside. Now see it in action. From: CRAZY MONSTERS: Spiders

World's First City Discovered by U.S. Spy Satellite

Smithsonian Channel
Old U.S. spy satellite images of the Middle East have unearthed a stunning discovery: the world’s first city, Tell Brak – 4,000 years older than the Great Pyramids. From the Series: The Life of Earth: The Age of Humans

World's First Military Airplane

National Air and Space Museum
In 1908, the U.S. Army was interested in the Wright brothers' airplanes and put out an advertisement for bids. The Wrights designed an airplane to meet the performance requirements but suffered a setback during the first flight test, when a propeller malfunction caused it to crash. They came back the next year with a new airplane and won the contract - making the 1909 Military Flyer it the world's first military airplane. Credits: [Orville Wright at start of flight, Fort Meyer i.e. Myer, Va]. 1909. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

World's Worst Superhero

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Experimenting with collage style animation.

Worlds of Sound: The Ballad of Folkways Documentary Trailer from Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Download on iTunes here: More info here: The film will be screened on October 20th, 12:10pm in Thessaloniki, Greece as part of the WOMEX Film Market. Visit for more information. Trailer for the Smithsonian Channel documentary Worlds of Sound: The Ballad of Folkways, a 60-minute documentary about the 60-year history of the little record label that could. Narrated by Pete Seeger and featuring interviews with dozens of artists and producers, this program is a companion to the 2008 book, Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways written by Richard Carlin: The program airs regularly on Smithsonian Channel please click here for a current schedule: From Smithsonian Channel: Folkways Records founder Moses Asch turned the music business model on its head. He avoided hit makers and catered to unknown musicians. He dug into vanishing traditions around the world to harness music and sounds that inspire people. Artists like Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly can still be heard on this original indie label with the mission of gathering sound and spreading it to the people. Purchase the book Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways and get an exclusive, free CD sampler! The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/ Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

Worship of the Deity Ayyappan 1975

Human Studies Film Archives
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Edited film documenting temple worship of Nambudri Brahmins in Kerala, India. The film represents scenes from an eight-hour Nambudri ceremony which culminates in the possession of a shaman-priest and the oracular communications through him from the diety Ayyappan to devotees.

Would You Drink the Milk at This Indian Rat Temple?

Smithsonian Channel
The temple of rats in the city of Bikaner, India, is a huge tourist attraction. But the symbolism of these rats and the mythical woman who founded this temple, known as Karni Mata, are just as compelling. From the Series: Mighty Trains: Maharajas' Express

Would You Go Diving With These Sharks Around?

Smithsonian Channel
These spear fishermen hunt in the shark-infested waters off the coast of South Africa. From: NATURE SHOCK: Shark Gangsters

Would You Pay $100,000 to Clone Your Dog?

Smithsonian Channel
These scientists in Seoul, South Korea, offer a unique pet cloning service for a very high price. Could this technique also be used to clone a woolly mammoth? From: HOW TO CLONE A WOOLLY MAMMOTH

Would You Wear Vintage on the Red Carpet?

Smithsonian Channel
"L.A. Frock Stars" director Lauren Thompson is going to a major awards show! And because she works with fashion, she can't afford any missteps on the red carpet. From: L.A. FROCK STARS: Quest for that Special Dress


National Postal Museum
Railway Post Office (RPO) clerks processed mail on moving train cars. It was hard and dangerous work. Railway mail cars were often placed directly behind the engine, putting clerks in danger during wrecks. Companies used wooden mail cars that were not as safe as metal cars, but were cheaper. These cars often turned into death traps after a wreck, filled with scalding water from steam engines or set ablaze when oil lamps and wood stoves tipped over or exploded on impact.

Writer, Director, Actor Roger Guenveur Smith Perfoms as Frederick Douglass

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Writer and actor, Roger Guenveur Smith, recites Frederick Douglas', "Fourth of July Speech," at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, 2009. [Catalog No. - CFV10212; Copyright - 2009 Smithsonian Institution]

Writing Letters to Everyone in the World

Smithsonian Magazine
Two British artists travel to Pittsburgh for their second installment of their "Mysterious Letters" art project.

Written in Bone: Life and Death in Colonial Chesapeake

Smithsonian Education
Doug Owsley, forensic anthropologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, leads a group of students in an examination of bones found at Jamestown and other colonial settlements. He tells of the historical discoveries that have resulted from his scientific work. For more information, visit:
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