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Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In this moving documentary, explore the unlikely bond between a blind piano prodigy and his mentor, jazz legend Clark Terry. After the exclusive screening, producer Quincy Jones discusses Terry and the making of the film with John Edward Hasse.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

After his controversial and widely watched debate with a creationist, scientist educator and television host Bill Nye set off to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. He discusses his new book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, part of that campaign.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM

If you’re in a pickle about how to preserve your favorite seasonal produce and local foods, Cathy Barrow, a D.C.-based food writer, can help. Barrow covers kitchen skills including canning, smoking, brining, fermenting, and dehydrating, and shows that all is within the everyday cook’s grasp.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In his acclaimed biography of British mathematician Alan Turing, Andrew Hodges tells how this brilliant man’s concept of a universal machine laid the foundation for the modern computer, and how Turing played a leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

When the skeleton of a 9,000-year-old man was discovered in Washington state in 1996, physical anthropologist Douglas Owsley of the Natural History Museum was among the scientists who studied the bones. The discoveries made during that investigation shed dramatic new light on the ancestral origins of some of the early residents of the Pacific Northwest.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Join historians Ed Bearss and Greg Clemmer on a tour that focuses on the 1777 Battle of the Clouds and Paoli Massacre, as well as the arduous winter Washington and his troops spent at Valley Forge.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s (SJMO) artists bring the legacy of jazz to life, spotlighting the sounds of the greatest composers and performers of the past and present. Enjoy Billy Strayhorn’s imaginative rearrangement of music from The Nutcracker, as well as the rarely performed Queen’s Suite by Duke Ellington and Strayhorn, written as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Spend an afternoon with professional holiday decorator Coleen Christian Burke as she covers the traditions of White House holiday decorating, brings you behind the scenes as the seasonal transformation takes place, and shares some practical tips on how you can make your own holiday home reflect the sparkle of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The Roosevelts stand apart from American dynasties of the past and present in terms of their political and personal impact on our nation. Filmmaker Ken Burns and writer Geoffrey C. Ward, collaborators on a new PBS series and companion book, discuss how they crafted their portraits of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt to capture both their larger-than-life public personas and the private lives that shaped them as individuals.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved and widely known pieces of holiday literature. Learn how the classic English tale also mirrors a time when our country was undergoing rapid transformation and needed guidance and reassurance.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The deities of ancient Greece and Rome held sway over followers who gathered in secret societies organized in their honor. Classicist Frederick Winter examines the rites and beliefs of several of the major cults, and finds echoes of these pagan groups in another once-secret group of worshippers: early Christians.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Senator John McCain discusses his evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of 13 remarkable men and women who fought in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Saddle up for an entertaining and insightful look at the landscape of the Hollywood Western and trace its progression from early sagebrush melodramas to films that explore complex stories, history, and core American values.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s (SJMO) artists bring the legacy of jazz to life, spotlighting the sounds of the greatest composers and performers of the past and present. Sax legend John Coltrane gets a salute in a program that surveys his work as a musician and composer during his years with Miles Davis in the late 1950s.

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