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Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Splendid architecture and decorative arts, glorious gardens, and spectacular holiday decorations indoors and out are just some of the reasons that an outing two of the Brandywine Valley’s favorite destinations offers an ideal way to spend a Saturday. Add the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur and the itinerary becomes irresistible.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The interplay of natural elements produces a spare but eloquent beauty in karesansui gardens designed for calm and reflection. Landscape architect and writer Marc Peter Keane traces the origins, symbolism, and spiritual aspects of this Japanese gardening tradition that has been embraced the world over.

Tuesday, January 20, 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 Carol Greider and molecular biology. Part of a 5-Session Lecture Series.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Set off with biodiversity specialist Bob Szaro on a virtual tour of Costa Rica that takes in its mountains, tropical forests, beaches, and wildlife—all part of the mix of elements that define this land of “pura vida,” or “pure life.”

Tuesday, February 17, 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.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Smithsonian volcanologist Rick Wunderman and geologist Jim Zimbelman survey the science behind the awesome and devastating power of volcanoes—both on our own planet and in extraterrestrial forms.

Tuesday, March 17, 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 Seth Miller and marine biology. Part of a 5-Session Lecture Series.

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