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Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors

Step inside Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror rooms, seemingly endless spaces made from mirrors, patterns, darkness, and light. The six rooms were filmed by NPR at Washington D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum, wher...

The Art and Science of Conservation at the Freer Gallery of Art

The conservation and scientific research of ancient Asian art takes a large team of experts from many fields. In order to bring thousands of treasures from the East to the galleries of the Smithsonian in downtown Wash...

The exceptional life of Benjamin Banneker

Born in 1731 on a farm in Baltimore, Maryland, Benjamin Banneker was an accomplished author, publisher, scientist, astronomer, mathematician, urban planner, activist, and farmer throughout his life. A free descendant ...

A Tour of the White House’s West Wing in Sign Language

Leah Katz-Hernandez is the West Wing Receptionist and her job is to welcome everyday Americans and world leaders alike to the West Wing, the Executive Office Building where the President of the United States' offices ...

The Corpse Flower: Behind the Stink of the Titan Arum

Corpse Flowers (Amorphophallus titanum), including Berkeley's Trudy the Titain Arum and The Denver Botanic Garden's Stinky DBG (live video feed), have made news in 2015. The massive plants can bloom every 2-3 years, o...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered

Above, MLK, Jr. Remembered, a starter video from National Geographic about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s efforts in leading the modern American Civil Rights Movement, advocating for the legal equality of African-Ameri...

How Do You Dismantle a Dino? (Very Carefully)

We've learned a lot about dinosaur anatomy since displays of their bones were set up at The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., "anywhere from the early 1900s through 1940s, 50s, and 60s." As a par...

Urban Gardeners in Washinton DC Grow Crops in Spare Spaces

Urban garden designer Meredith Sheperd describes how growing fresh fruit and vegetables can be a successful part of city life, despite limited space and resources. From National Geographic, explore a variety of Washin...

The Washington Ballet’s hardest dance moves

From the Washington Post: watch as six Washington Ballet dancers demonstrate their most challenging moves. In the archives: more jaw-dropping ballet moves, including this clip of Mikhail Baryshnikov in ...

How is money printed in the United States? – Reading Rainbow

How is money printed in the United States? Or more specifically, how is 453 million dollars printed in just one day? LeVar Burton visits the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington D.C. in this Reading Rainbow ...

Huge and stinky: Titan Arum, The Corpse Flower

The plant with the largest inflorescence (cluster of flowers on a stem) also happens to be one of the stinkiest. Meet the rare titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), otherwise known as the corpse flower, which can be s...

Supermajor: Is this oil really flowing backwards into the oil can?

Here’s an excellent discussion starter: What is happening to the liquid in this video? Is it really flowing backwards? Up into the oil can?? This is Supermajor, a project by teacher and artist Matt Kenyon that ...

Shanthi, the National Zoo’s Musical Elephant, Plays the Harmonica

When the elephant keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo hear the sound of a harmonica, it’s not the radio they’ve left on. Instead, it’s the Zoo’s 36-year-old Asian elephant, Shanth...

Space Shuttle Discovery rides a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to Dulles

Space Shuttle Discovery, atop its Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, is shown from various vantage points around the National Capital region on April 17 on the final leg of its ferry flight ...

Cabinet of Wonders: Alfred Russel Wallace’s personal cabinet

To know where modern biological science began, take a look at the incredible and extremely well-preserved collection within Alfred Russel Wallace’s personal cabinet, as showcased in this video by the National Science ...

Students remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech

Fourth graders from Watkins Elementary School recite a portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s pivotal "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 2010, from The Washington Post. The original speech w...