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Will the Rainforest Survive? New Threats and Realities in the Tropical Extinction Crisis Part 2

Smithsonian Institution
An important debate has erupted in the scientific community concerning the magnitude of future species extinctions in the tropics. This debate was ignited by an in-depth analysis of expected human-population and forest-cover trends (S. J. Wright & H. Muller-Landau. 2006. Biotropica) and has generated great interest in the fate of tropical biodiversity (reviewed in W. F. Laurance. 2007. Trends in Ecology & Evolution). The debate centers around two different theories: Wright†s position is based in part on United Nations figures that urbanism and lower population growth will allow abandoned areas to recover and tropical species to be spared versus Laurance†s claims that secondary and degraded forests will sustain only a fraction of tropical biodiversity and that industrial agriculture, logging, mining, and economic globalization, rather than changing rural and urban populations, are becoming the dominant drivers of tropical deforestation. More:

A 18,000-Ton Ship Suspended 33 Feet above the Sea

Smithsonian Channel
The MV Resolution, a self-lifting sea-faring mammoth builds giant wind turbines in the sea. See her six "legs" in action. From: MIGHTY SHIPS: MV Resolution

Capturing This Mountain Was Key During the Battle of Iwo Jima

Smithsonian Channel
The invasion of Iwo Jima was a challenge of mountainous proportions - in the shape of Mount Suribachi. It was a strategic stronghold that the Japanese were desperate to defend. From the Series: Pacific War in Color: Fire From the Sky

Set in Style: Seagull brooch

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Harvest of Hope: 9 Closing Comments by Kevin Gover

National Museum of the American Indian
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this timely and insightful forum moderated by Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Director Kevin Gover (Pawnee/Comanche) focuses on topical issues of reconciliation and highlights national apologies made to Native peoples. The symposium covers the eloquent apology issued in June 2008 by the Canadian government for the abuse and cultural loss suffered by Aboriginal peoples in Canada's residential schools. It includes a presentation on the Native American Apology Resolution recently passed in the United States Senate as well as an examination of reconciliation efforts in Guatemala. A wrap-up speaker considers the issues involved in apologies and reconciliation processes in a broad scope. Concluding with panel discussion and questions from the audience, Harvest of Hope seeks a deeper, more inclusive understanding of our national narratives and the experiences of the Native peoples of the Americas. In Part 9, Kevin Gover gives closing comments and remarks. This symposium took place in the Rasmuson Theater of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC on November 13, 2008.

40th Anniversary Pre Ceremony

National Air and Space Museum
We broadcast all night to celebrate our 40th Anniversary and the Re-Opening of the "Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall." Hosts Marty Kelsey and Beth Wilson provide commentary prior to the official opening ceremony.

A Big Helping of Beer and Chicken

Smithsonian Channel
What do a Garrison Keillor sketch, Bavarian beer-brewing immigrants and a place where chickens are right to be nervous have in common? Find out. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Best Small Towns

Terror in the Skies: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
Get a passenger-seat view of near air disasters, captured on the cameras and cell phones of those on board. From: TERROR IN THE SKIES

Reboot the Suit: Halfway to Launch

National Air and Space Museum
We've made it to the halfway mark of our very first Kickstarter project to conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit. At $250,000, and growing, we're over the Moon with joy. Thank you and please keep sharing #RebootTheSuit. Learn more:

Reflections on the Greensboro Lunch Counter

National Museum of American History
Civil Rights activists Joseph McNeil, Diane Nash, and John Lewis reflect on the history and legacy of the lunch counter from the F. W. Woolworth department store in North Carolina and the sit-in campaign that began on February 1, 1960. Racial segregation was still legal in the United States on February 1, 1960, when four African American college students sat down at this Woolworth counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. Politely asking for service at this “whites only” counter, their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their sit-in drew national attention and helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge inequality throughout the South. In Greensboro, hundreds of students, civil rights organizations, churches, and members of the community joined in a six-month-long protest. Their commitment ultimately led to the desegregation of the F. W. Woolworth lunch counter on July 25, 1960. Ezell A. Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond were students enrolled at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College when they began their protest. Protests such as this led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which finally outlawed racial segregation in public accommodations. The closing of the Greensboro Woolworth's in 1993 presented Museum curators with the opportunity to acquire this historic artifact. After extensive negotiations with Woolworth's executives and representatives of the local community, a small section of the lunch counter was donated to the Smithsonian.

Scientists Go on a Mission to Save Sea Turtles

Smithsonian Channel
Over the past half century, Leatherback turtle numbers have suffered a disastrous decline of almost 70%. Researchers in Panama are pulling out all the stops to save this cherished species. From the Show: Panama's Animal Highway

La Feria de Yavi 1996

Human Studies Film Archives
title from credits (published work)--archival collection

Supplementary materials: audio tapes, still photographs, production files, correspondence, promotional materials and press clippings.

Re-edited version of film of same title released in 1969. This version has new titles and soundtrack. It is unknown if footage was added or removed.

Archives also holds English language version released under the title The Fair at Yavi.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research supported processing and the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Smithsonian Latino Center supported preservation of the Jorge Preloran Film Collection.

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Donated by Jorge Preloran in 2007.

Edited ethnographic film by Jorge Preloran documents the Easter weekend market in Yavi, a small town in Jujuy Province, Argentina, along the border with Bolivia. Shot in 1966. Produced at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán with assistance from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes.

Quantum Leap: Does "Indian Blood" Still Matter? Part 1

National Museum of the American Indian

This New Jersey Venue is a Rock 'N' Roll Treasure

Smithsonian Channel
The Stone Pony is one of the world's most recognized music venues. From the Show: Electrified: The Guitar Revolution

This Fungi Could Save the Frog Population Forever

Smithsonian Channel
Introducing another fungus into the jungle may be the only way to stop the deadly chytrid fungus from wiping out entire species of frogs. From: MISSION CRITICAL: AMPHIBIAN RESCUE

The Most Dangerous Place on the Planet

Smithsonian Channel
Imagine standing 10 feet away from 43 planes and a collection of 2,000 pound bombs. Now imagine working there for months at a time. From the Show: Carrier at War: USS Enterprise

New England Fiddles 1984

Human Studies Film Archives
title from credits (published work)--archival collection

Edited film presents seven of the finest traditional musicians as they play in their homes and at dances and contests, passing their fiddle playing styles to younger fiddlers, and commenting on their music. Featured are Ron West (Yankee), Paddy Cronnin (Irish), Ben Guillemette(Quebecois), Wilfred Guillette (Quebecois), Harold Luce (Yankee), Gerry Robichaud (Maritime), and the Cape Breton style of Joe Cormier

Smithsonian Spotlight - Space: Bot or Bodies: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
Man and machine have teamed up on many rewarding missions, but have politics left the future of space travel up in the air? From the Series: Smithsonian Spotlight - Space: Bot or Bodies

Set in Style: Mystery-Set brooch

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Sword: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
Explore the early days of the sword and how it evolved from flint knives of the Stone Age to a symbol of power and justice. From the Series: The Sword

How the Biggest Airlift in History Saved West Berlin

Smithsonian Channel
To break the Soviet blockade of West Berlin in 1948, General William Tunner ordered his fleet of 225 C-54s to drop supplies into the city -- around 35,000 tons of it a day. From: AIR WARRIORS: C-17

Nature's Matchmaker: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
Meet the Smithsonian's own JoGayle Howard, an unstoppable, pioneering vet who believes that as long as there's life, there's hope. From: NATURE'S MATCHMAKER

Muscle Atrophy in Space

National Air and Space Museum
Astronaut Danny Olivas describes what happens to an astronaut’s muscles and bones in space. This video is one in a series developed for the Holt Scholars Program. Access the materials for the Body in Space middle school life science curriculum here:
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