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Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM

A trio of comedians, including Scott Adsit of 30 Rock, try to figure out the highly specialized professional focus of historian Valerie Neal of the National Air and Space Museum. Be in the audience when comic (and former fifth-grade teacher) Chris Duffy hosts a Smithsonian-centric episode of the series from Boston’s WBUR that mashes up comedy and science.

Monday, May 9, 2016 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 Kathryn Sullivan and Climate and Weather. Part of a 5-Session Lecture Series.

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Gino Fornaciari, a pioneer in the field of paleopathology, presents a remarkable genetic snapshot of a ruling family based on biomedical research on their remains in Florence’s Basilica of San Lorenzo.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Noted biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal turns the received wisdom about animal intelligence on its head. His fascinating accounts of recent studies of animal cognition challenge our claim to be the planet’s preeminent species.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll examines how an avalanche of scientific discoveries over recent centuries has changed our world—and our view of ourselves within it.

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Visit local academic, commercial, and residential settings that reflect the most eco-friendly trends in urban architecture and landscape design. Even lunch goes green at a restaurant with its own rooftop gardening program.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:45 PM

When the Smithsonian scientist Harrison G. Dyar, Jr. died in 1929, he left behind a remarkable body of work in the field of entomology—and a mysterious network of tunnels under Washington. Biographer Marc E. Epstein offers a colorful portrait of a man who made his mark as both a noted biologist and a bigamist.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Environmental historian and storyteller Hayden Mathews interprets the many layers of the county’s natural history as he leads a tour to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Calvert Marine Museum, and Flag Ponds Beach and Nature Center.

Friday, May 27, 2016 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 1, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Vessels that fought in WWII and the Spanish­-American conflict, one of the most beautiful ocean liners ever built, and lunch on a four-masted windjammer are among the attractions of a fascinating day focused on Philadelphia’s history as one of America’s great ports.

Monday, June 6, 2016 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 Irwin Singer and Tribology. Part of a 5-Session Lecture Series.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM

History was made in deep space, billions of light years away, when two massive black holes collided. Just this February, it was confirmed that gravitational waves exist, just as Albert Einstein had predicted in 1915, in his General Theory of Relativity. Physicist S. James Gates explains how Einstein laid the groundwork for the discovery of ripples in the fabric of space time.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 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!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Lancelot “Capability” Brown defined the quintessential English landscape during his reign as the 18th century’s most influential garden designer. Landscape historian Mark Laird offers a guide to the artfully elegant and enduring visions of nature he crafted.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Edwin Smith, a biologist at the National Zoo, examines how Madagascar’s plant and animal species—many of which are unique to the island—vie for survival with humans as their once-isolated home is threatened with deforestation, erosion, and other pressures.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7:30 AM

A pair of distinctive settings offer garden lovers the chance to explore sites that reflect the lifelong passions of two men separated by centuries but connected by their love of horticulture.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Smithsonian research zoologist Christopher Meyer examines how the small world of biocubes—hollow frames used by researchers to sample a single cubic foot of an ecosystem—can reveal amazingly complex information about relationships among species.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Spend an early-summer day on a private cruise aboard a 65-foot river craft, as environmental historian and storyteller Hayden Mathews examines the Potomac’s geological, natural, and ecological history, its lore, and its significance to the region as resource and symbol.

Saturday, July 2, 2016 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 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, July 15, 2016 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 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Is our desire to live germ-free fueling a global epidemic of chronic diseases? Are we destroying the very microorganisms we need to stay healthy? Immunotoxicologist Rodney Dietert, suggests that we start to think of ourselves as superorganisms—human ecosystems—and he outlines specific steps to take on the way back to a healthier world.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:00 AM

One of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is the perfect destination for a visit that includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a stay in a hotel just 100 yards away from the falls itself.

Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, August 26, 2016 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, October 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM

A partnership between the Smithsonian and Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a rare chance to go behind the scenes at this center for cutting-edge energy science. This one-of-a-kind 4-day study tour brings you into the heart of Oak Ridge’s past and present, guided by the staff and the scientists who lead and conduct its research.

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