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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Jim Zimbelman of the Air and Space Museum looks at the Arctic and Antarctic with a focus on the regions’ histories, climate, geology, and geography—and how each pole’s weather serves as an early preview of global climate change.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Travel with horticulturist and Smithsonian Gardens specialist Cindy Brown to view two very different gardens with a Du Pont connection at the peak of their seasonal beauty.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Travel with horticulturist and Smithsonian Gardens specialist Cindy Brown to view two very different gardens with a Du Pont connection at the peak of their seasonal beauty.

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The scientific tools to return lost species like the woolly mammoth to life are within reach. Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, discusses de-extinction's potential practical benefits and its ethical challenges

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Norwegian solar physicist Pål Brekke has captured the myth and the science behind the Aurora Borealis in a new documentary, The Northern Lights: A Magic Experience. Join him for a screening, followed by a discussion of this dazzling phenomenon.

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia reflects an ongoing interplay of human, ecological, geological, cultural, and technological forces that span hundreds of millennia. Join environmental and cultural-history interpreter Hayden Mathews as he tells the valley’s rich story.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Can ours be the only planet among the countless galaxies that can sustain life? The noted astrophysicist explores what we know now—and might learn in the near future—in the search for extraterrestrial life.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Physicist Paul Halpern tells the little-known story of Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger’s search for a theory that transcended existing quantum mechanics. Though they ultimately failed, Halpern draws on newly released correspondence between the scientists to illustrate how their shared obsession drove the progress of modern physics.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM

NPR’s Joe Palca returns to the Smithsonian to sit down with stellar scientists for some engaging and entertaining conversations about the exciting work they do and how it connects to our lives. Tonight's program features Anthony Fauci and global health. Part of a 5-Session Lecture Series.

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Get a close-up look at some innovative area sites that reflect a growing eco-conscious trend when you spend a day several stories above street level with Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

As part of the series Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them, high-altitude mountaineer and author David Roberts looks at the notable climbers who faced the challenge of the world’s highest peak—and triumphed.

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Distinctive Chesapeake Bay history and traditions are woven into the daily life of Tilghman’s Island and charming St. Michaels. Local historian Hayden Matthews provides a guide to them during a summer day spent near—and on—the water.

Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Distinctive Chesapeake Bay history and traditions are woven into the daily life of Tilghman’s Island and charming St. Michaels. Local historian Hayden Matthews provides a guide to them during a summer day spent near—and on—the water.

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