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What Created These Strange Geoglyphs in South Africa?

Smithsonian Channel
In the Karoo region of South Africa, mysterious spiral shapes carved into the ground have attracted conspiracy theorists who liken them to the famous geoglyphs in the Nazca desert. From the Series: Aerial Africa: Wild South Coast

Session 3 - Effects of the Civil War on American Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum
This symposium examines the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on American landscape and genre painting, along with the period's new medium of photography. The program is free and open to the public, and is organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Civil War and American Art.

Radical Inclusion and Tales from the Playa Symposium - Neil Shister, Journalist

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Join SAAM, five of the original founders of Burning Man, artists from No Spectators: the Art of Burning Man, and other Burners for a day of storytelling, short films, and discussions about the history of the event and the important role of art in its culture. Full schedule of speakers and artists below. Journalist and author Neil Shister (Future of Burning Man) in conversation with Burning Man Founders Marian Goodell and Harley K. Dubois

American History Jam

National Museum of American History

The Sunny Place Designed For Stylish Retirement

Smithsonian Channel
Del Webb was a real estate mogul with a dream - of creating a new kind of village where senior citizens could grow old in comfort and style. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Arizona

Designing Media: Bruce Nussbaum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
One of 17 interviews from Designing Media, Bill Moggridge's new book and DVD. As a managing editor for BusinessWeek, Bruce has become a leading voice in design and innovation in the world of business. After more than a decade as a page editor, he launched the Innovation and Design channel online and the NussbaumOnDesign blog in 2005. The following year he founded IN: Inside Innovation. In the inaugural issue of IN he declared a goal of making a meaningful difference in the difficult journey toward building innovative business cultures, hoping to inspire, to provoke, to teach, and to be a trusted advisor and guide. He also structured IN as a community, linking to the Innovation and Design site, with its blogs, columnists, metrics, and stories. Bruce has been a leader in bringing an online version of BusinessWeek into being, in parallel with the print version, and has a deep understanding of the comparative values of physical and virtual media. He is also an essayist and commentator on economic and social issues. In 2008 he was appointed as professor of Design and Innovation at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. More info on Designing Media available at

Cherokee Days 2016 - Tommy Wildcat Native American Flute 2

National Museum of the American Indian
Cherokee National Treasure, Tommy Wildcat, performs his compositions on the Native American flute. This it the second of three performances by him for the day. The performance was webcast and recorded in the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 10, 2016.

1972 Kovacica

Human Studies Film Archives
SILENT FILM CLIP(1:34 minutes)--1972 Kovačica, Serbia (former Yugoslavia): Painting school This film clip is from Thayer Soule's 1972 travelogue, "Yugoslavia", 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

The Best Time for a Predator to Catch a Moorish Gecko

Smithsonian Channel
The Moorish geckos, which inhabit the grounds and walls of Carcassonne, are pretty successful at evading predators. But they can also be vulnerable at key moments in their life – such as when they’re moulting. From the Series: Wild Castles: Carcassonne

Verification: Is this Lincoln's Wedge?

Smithsonian Education
Harry Rubenstein, curator of Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, shows us one of his favorite pieces in the museum's collection, Lincoln's wood splitting iron wedge. Harry leads us through the process of verifying that this object truly belonged to Lincoln. This video series, "Explore with Smithsonian Experts," connects students and teachers with the skill and technique of Smithsonian experts who describe their work at our nation's museums. In each short film, experts introduce new ways to observe, record, research, and share, while using real artifacts and work experiences. Supports Common Core ELA standards. Produced by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access and Pearson Foundation.

Science in Pre-K Focused Exploration

National Air and Space Museum
Once young children are interested in science, how do we deepen their understanding? Come into these District of Columbia Public Schools classrooms to see how teachers guide children to learn physics and present challenges to help them learn about shadows and light. 2012. Learn more on the Science in Pre-K website:

What comes SECOND with Dean Kamen - STEM in 30

National Air and Space Museum
First Founder Dean Kamen tells us about what happens after kids participate in FIRST Robotics. STEM in 30:

JetBlue: Bringing Humanity Back to Air Travel

National Air and Space Museum
Charles A. Lindbergh Memorial Lecture Series Presenter: David Barger, founding president and former CEO, JetBlue Airways Growing up with a pilot and a flight attendant as parents, recently retired JetBlue CEO David Barger was surrounded by flight. It’s no surprise his career in business led him to the airline industry and eventually to JetBlue, where he was the founding president and COO. JetBlue Airways arrived in 1998 promising to change the airline landscape with low-cost fares and amenities such as in-flight entertainment at every seat. As a result, the airline enjoyed great success and has consistently ranked at the top of customer service surveys. But now, JetBlue has followed the recent industry trend of charging baggage fees and providing less legroom. In this lecture, David Barger speaks about the evolution of the airline business over the past 35 years, the triumphs of JetBlue in the industry, and the future of the airline travel. This lecture is made possible by the generous support of Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Corporation.

Planetary Science 2015 Guide Part 3

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Making American Music - Artist in Residence Dom Flemons

National Museum of American History
With the support of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation and the John Hammond Performance Series Endowment Fund, the National Museum of American History is pleased to have begun its first artist in residence program and music internship program, “Making American Music.” The program seeks to assist and encourage young musicians and enrich the experience of thousands of people visiting the Smithsonian in person and online. About the program The Artist Inaugural Artist in Residence, Dom Flemons, is a Grammy winner as well as a founding member of the celebrated Carolina Chocolate Drops. Flemons is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. He is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist (Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones). Flemons is currently creating two albums for Smithsonian Folkways Records. The Interns Hannah Baker is a graduate of the American Roots Music program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She plays guitar and fiddle and is a skilled singer-songwriter with a recently-released debut EP and a passion for historic music research. Her current topic of study is the role of race in American roots music. Kelly Bosworth is a graduate student in the Ethnomusicology program at Indiana University. She plays guitar and is a singer-songwriter as well as an educator – teaching harmony, folk singing, and guitar. Kelly’s research interests include vernacular music, community music-making, and social justice. Rose Rodgers is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz. She plays flute, sings and is proficient in historical research with primary documents. Her research is currently focused on the role music has played in building communities against social inequality while providing a voice for marginalized peoples. Libby Weitnauer is a graduate student in the Music Performance program at New York University. She plays violin and sings. She hopes to one day create a music program that combines her passion for Appalachian fiddle music with research into displaced populations throughout American history and how they have used music to connect to each other. This video was produced by Sarah McCoy.

Red Panda Cubs Born to Rusty and Shama at SCBI-Front Royal

National Zoo
July 2, 2014 The latest red pandas to become parents at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are Shama and Rusty! Keepers watched Shama give birth to a litter of three cubs on June 26 via closed-circuit cam. They're monitoring the family closely. All four pairs of red pandas living at SCBI gave birth to cubs this year -- 10 cubs in all, 7 of whom survived. That's the most cubs ever born at SCBI in one year. And including the birth of Shaman and Rusty's cubs, more than 100 red pandas have been born at SCBI in the last 40 years. #WeSaveSpecies

How to preserve nemerteans

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Transcripts of this video, Spanish translations, protocols and other useful resources for ascidian biology can be found at

Academic Programs | Peter Marting | SHORT

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Two Leopards Battle, But Only One Can Survive

Smithsonian Channel
When Jack scores a kill, all kinds of grassland creatures come out of the woodwork to steal it. Even worse, Jack's rival is secretly waiting to ambush him. From: LEOPARD FIGHT CLUB

"The Sun Throws Temper Tantrums" Learn About the Sun with Solar Physicist Dr. Kelly Korreck

National Air and Space Museum
Solar Physicist Dr. Kelly Korreck provides an in depth look of her exploration of the Sun and its effects on space weather. For more FREE teacher resources from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum visit STEM in 30, the museum's Emmy nominated TV show for middle school students:

ARTLAB+ Underground Ep.01

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get to know a few ARTLAB+ teens as they talk about what they are into and why they come to ARTLAB+. This is the first installment of our series ARTLAB+ Underground! @artlabplus

You Don't Want to be on the Receiving End of a Caiman’s Bite (4K)

Smithsonian Channel
Male caiman bites are extremely powerful – a staggering 270 pounds per square inch. This older male is about to feel its full force in a battle with a younger rival. From the Series: Brazil Untamed: Jaguar Den

Frances Parsons, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Deaf Educator

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
In her work with the Peace Corps, Frances Parsons has worked to promote communications for deaf people in communities around the world. Videography by Brandon Callahan and Mitch Malasky; editing by Brandon Callahan. [Catalog No. - CFV10353; Copyright - 2011 Smithsonian Institution]

Island Scrub-Jay

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Island Scrub-Jay nest being predated by a Cooper's Hawk.
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