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The Paschall Brothers rehearse "I'll Be Satisfied"

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
To learn more about the Paschall Brothers, and to purchase music, visit: Tidewater gospel quartet is a long and proud a cappella tradition, and the Paschall Brothers are among its last tradition-bearers. With a seemingly unbreakable family bond, the Paschall Brothers have followed in the footsteps of their father, Reverend Frank Paschall Sr. (1923-1999), who led them both philosophically and musically by example. Since the 1960s, the Tidewater style of a cappella gospel has all but disappeared. However, with the descendants of Frank Paschall Sr. the tradition continues to fulfill its purpose of bringing the good news to all those who want to hear it. Here the brothers rehearse and discuss their father's legacy at their Newport, Virginia home. 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.

54 Years Later, the U.S. Embassy Reopens in Havana

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
On January 3, 1961, three young Marines, Lance Cpl. Larry Morris, Cpl. F.W. “Mike” East, and Sgt. Jim Tracy, lowered the flag at the United States Embassy in Havana, Cuba. It would not be raised again until August 14, 2015. Now retired, they visited the Smithsonian before returning to Cuba to witness the Embassy’s reopening. Here, they share recollections of the day with staff from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Filmography: Marisol Medina-Cadena and Charlie Weber Editing: Charlie Weber Photos courtesy of The Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Hermit Crab Turning Over

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
A neon blue striped hermit crab (Calcinus elegans) turns itself over in our Pacific reef tank.

SI-Q How do you entertain an otter?

Smithsonian Institution
Join Smithsonian's National Zoo keeper, Stacey Tabellario, as she shows us why enrichment activities for our Asian Small-Clawed Otters are so important.

Bocas del Toro - A landmark of Caribbean history

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Camera and speaker: Ashley Bowes Produced and edited by: Janina Seemann Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 2013

Designing Media: Paul Saffo

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
One of 31 video segments featured in 'Designing Media', the new book, DVD and website by Bill Moggridge. More info on 'Designing Media' available at With Paul Saffo you will discover that even this techno-savvy forecaster living in California's Silicon Valley still captures his thoughts and observations about new technologies on the paper pages of old-fashioned bound journals. The new media of the digital revolution might add new possibilities for us and broaden alternatives for communication, record keeping, and creativity, but those traditional media seem surprisingly persistent, even if transmogrified. Paul points out that old media forms never die out entirely-they get repurposed for other uses and stay with us. He gives us an overview of the state of media in the past, present, and future, explaining that what we called mass media was all we had, but we are now creating a whole new world of personal media. He also reveals his S-curve method for forecasting and describes the attributes of the "creator economy."

Jennifer Cohen “Painting in Print: Robert Motherwell’s New Painting and 'A la pintura,' 1968–1972”

Archives of American Art
Jennifer Cohen presented “Painting in Print: Robert Motherwell’s New Painting and 'A la pintura,' 1968–1972” at an afternoon symposium hosted by the Archives of American Art. The conference was held in honor of the centenary of Robert Motherwell’s birth. It was funded by the Dedalus Foundation, Inc. The event was held in the MacMillan Education Center of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in Washington, D.C. Cohen is a PhD Candidate at University of Chicago.

Meet the Scientist: Michael Lang, Diving Officer

National Museum of Natural History
From fish that live in the ice around Antarctica to sea stars that bear live young, Michael Lang, the Scientific Diving Officer for the Smithsonian Institution and head of the Marine Science Network has seen spectacular marine life of all kinds. A marine biologist by training, Michael travels around the globe with research teams, training scientific divers and conducting research on scuba equipment and diver physiology. ( video courtesy of: Smithsonian Science - )

A Phylogenomic Perspective on the Radiation of the Flesh Flies

National Museum of Natural History
A fly is a fly, right? No. Eliana Buenaventura discusses her research on the importance and the diversity of flesh flies.

Making Sense of Climate Change 4: CO2, Plants & Food

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Get the truth about climate change, with plant scientist Bert Drake of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. In this 6-part series, discover how we got here, how we move forward, and what climate change could mean for our food our coastlines and our homes. Learn more at Lecture 4: CO2, Plants & Food How do plants respond to rising carbon dioxide? Learn what climate change means for the world’s food supply and its nutritional value. Credits: Video thumbnail: Woman farming maize in Zambia (Credit: USAID) Opening images courtesy of NASA, Chesapeake Bay Program, USAID and the U.S. Department of Energy Music: "Ruckus 3" by Dave Depper From The Free Music Archive Creative Commons license:

Stream Restoration--2017 Citizen Science Newsletter

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Despite a widespread acknowledgement that many streams throughout the United States are degraded and despite a desire to restore many of those streams, there isn’t actually a lot of scientific data to tell us which stream restoration strategies are most effective. In order to understand how a restoration effort works, you need to have data about a stream before the restoration, be able to monitor it after its restoration, and, ideally, compare it to other nearby, non-restored streams. That is exactly what researchers and citizen scientists from SERC’s Nutrient Ecology, Plant Ecology, and Biogeochemistry Labs are trying to do by studying Muddy Creek, a recently restored stream on the SERC campus. Videos by Cosette Larash, Maria Sharova, Alison Cawood Music: Positive by AShamaluev

#SLCYAP2017: Contemporary Latino Communities

Smithsonian Latino Center
Join the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Young Ambassadors Program for a “Contemporary Latino Communities” conversation featuring: Lalo Alcaraz, Artist and Political Cartoonist; Alberto Ferreras, Director, HBO Habla Series; Gisele Regatao, Creator of Sangre Celestial, A Radionovela Podcast, KCRW; Shirley Rumierk, Actress, RISE on NBC. Facebook Live session available at: The Smithsonian Latino Center gratefully acknowledges major and continued support from Ford Fund. #FordGivesBack

The Lizard's Tale 105: Island Test Tubes, Part 1

Smithsonian Channel
Why do anole researchers favor Caribbean islands for their work? Besides a normal human love of sunny beaches. The fact is, some of the smaller islands offer the right conditions for island-wide experiments in a controlled, outdoor environment. It’s a rare opportunity to observe evolution and ecology in their natural settings. And the things we’re learning about species interaction and speed of adaptation are redefining what we know about some of the most powerful biological forces in the natural world.

1946 El Tule - Mexico

Human Studies Film Archives
El Tule (Mexico) (1946): Tule tree (El Tule), unpaved driving, road construction -- SILENT FILM CLIP This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "The Road to Panama", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the complete catalog record: For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post:

Punta Galeta: Muchos Sitios en un Solo Lugar (versión larga)

Smithsonian Education
El Laboratorio Marino de Punta Galeta es una estación de campo del Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones tropicales ubicada en la entrada Caribe del Canal de Panamá. El cineasta panameño Enrique Castro, ha capturado la historia de las investigaciones científicas, la educación ambiental y los proyectos comunitarios de Galeta usando la narrativa y recuerdos del Dr. Stanley Heckadon-Moreno. Por cincuenta años los científicos han estudiado los ecosistemas tropicales locales, los arrecifes de coral, los pastos marinos y los manglares. La cámara sigue al Dr. Wayne Sousa, de la Universidad de California en Berkley, mientras estudia sus parcelas de manglares. Ricardo Thompson explica la importancia de los instrumentos científicos que detectan si el Caribe está cambiando. Heckadon recapitula el programa de educación ambiental marina que ha tendido puentes entre el Laboratorio y los salones de clases de Panamá, así como el trabajo comunitario con los pescadores del barrio de La Playita y las Charlas Smithsonian del Mes en la cual los investigadores del STRI comparten con la comunidad colonense la naturaleza de sus estudios.

Denise Brown, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Santa Lucia

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Denise Brown, who is deaf, served as a volunteer coordinator in Santa Lucia. Her fellow volunteers learned sign language, and considered this experience an extension of the cross-cultural learning that is a part of Peace Corps service. Video shot and edited by Brandon Callahan. [Catalog No. - CFV10350; Copyright - 2011 Smithsonian Institution]

Dragon Dance by the Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe's Dragon Dance was a 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival crowd favorite. Performed by ten acrobats and originating as a folk dance of Zhejiang Province on the east coast of China, the dance is still popular at New Year's celebrations and as an expression of cultural heritage and pride. Videography: David Barnes, Shiyu Wang, and Abby Sternberg Editing: Albert Tong [Catalog No. CFV10668; Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Institution]

Wu Man: ‘Night Thoughts’

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
"Music of Central Asia Vol.10: Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route" available here: During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Wu Man performed an original composition on the pipa entitled “Night Thoughts,” based on a work by Chinese poet Li Bo. She was accompanied by percussionist Haruka Fujii. “A Quiet Night Thought” In front of my bed, there is a bright moonlight. It appears to be frost on the ground. I lift my head and gaze at the August Moon, I lower my head and think of my hometown. 「靜夜思」 床前明月光 疑是地上霜 舉頭望明月 低頭思故鄉 —Li Bo (701–762) Editing: Nicholas Mangialardi 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.

Happy 90th Birthday to Ella Jenkins from Justin Roberts

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Send a happy birthday message to Ella Jenkins! On August 6th, 2014, pioneering, inspiring, and award-winning children's musician and educator Ella Jenkins turns 90 years old. Musician Justin Roberts sent her a "happy birthday" song and message to celebrate.

1960 Normandie, France Part 4

Human Studies Film Archives
1960—Normandie part 4: La Mère Poulard-- SILENT FILM CLIP This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "Footloose in France", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the catalog record: For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post:

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day: Passport to Argentina (Overview)

Smithsonian Education
A brief overview of the Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day 2012: Passport to Argentina celebrations. Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day 2010: Passport to Argentina September 25, 2010 National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Wrigley Sisters perform a medley of Orcadian songs

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley are excellent young fiddle and piano virtuosos from Orkney, a group of islands just off the north coast of Scotland. The twin sisters are preserving Orkney's local musical traditions while at the same time composing important new material. Their Orcadian music is quite distinct, reflecting not only their Scottish heritage but also these islands' strong Norwegian ties. Orkney's geographic isolation has led to a deep sense of self-reliance and independence among its people, who consider themselves Orcadians first and Scots second. Both this independence and pride are happily reflected in Orcadian music. [Catalog No. - CFV10041; Copyright - 2006 Smithsonian Institution]
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