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Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Grab your hiking boots and camera and take in the autumn beauty—and the local history—during an excursion led by historian Garrett Peck.

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Enjoy the best of Craft2Wear shopping, wine and light buffet, modeling, and more.

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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Before he was 30, he had helped his father develop Rockefeller Center and his mother establish the Museum of Modern Art. At 32, he was Franklin Roosevelt’s wartime coordinator for Latin America. As New York’s four-term governor, he set national standards in education, the environment, and urban policy. Biographer Richard Norton Smith discusses the always-fascinating life of Nelson Rockefeller.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Stonehenge Riverside Project led by archaeologist Michael Parker Pearson has produced a wealth of new information about this mysterious stone circle on Salisbury Plain—and overturned previous theories about its creators, origins, and uses.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In a lively, interactive event, hear presidential and constitutional scholars explore the issue of terms limits, and then decide for yourself: Should presidents be allowed to serve more than two terms?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore mixes early women’s-rights activism, pulp comics, an unconventional marriage, and the invention of the lie detector as she traces William Moulton Marston’s creation of the wildly popular female superhero.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Dominique Ansel grabbed the nation’s attention last year with his creation of the Cronut, the croissant-doughnut hybrid. In this conversation with Todd Kliman, dining editor of Washingtonian magazine, Ansel shares the secrets to transforming humble ingredients into the most tempting and satisfying pastries imaginable. Be sure to stay for samples of Ansel’s Christmas Morning Cereal.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Meet the Minister of Silly Walks himself, comic genius John Cleese. Tonight, in an interview with NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” host Scott Simon, he shares the stories behind his success, one laugh at a time.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Ori Soltes, Goldman professorial lecturer in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, considers how Maimonides (1135–1204) and Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225–74)—two giants of theology—offer parallel yet unique visions and how their thought is remarkably relevant to life in the 21st century.

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Celebrate all things fashion on a whirlwind excursion that offers an insider’s look at fashion as both a business and a wearable art form.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

From antiquity to our own day, the Black Sea has bridged civilizations, continents, empires, religious traditions, and strategic interests. Journey into the past and present of this fascinating region, from Greek explorations to the glories of Ottoman Istanbul to the current issues in Ukraine.

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Prosciutto...duck confit…pancetta…chorizo sausage…country bacon: They’re all part of one of today’s hottest food trends. Jason Story of Washington’s Three Little Pigs Charcuterie and Salumi offers an inviting overview for both new fans and aficionados.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

They’re just ordinary Americans—who answer to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. An FBI historian and counterintelligence staff members uncover how spies become part of the neighborhood.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The 500-pound feathered dinosaur dubbed the “Chicken from Hell” was an extraordinary creature. Join one of its discoverers, paleontologist Hans Sues, as he discusses the rich trove of late-Cretaceous-era dinosaurs found in the rocks of the Hell Creek Formation.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 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 Eva Emerson and the public's understanding of science. Part of a 5-Session Lecture Series.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

It was a year that gave us classics including Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and so many movies we love. Learn why 1939 marked the pinnacle of the studio system, and how its films defined a unique cultural moment in America.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Amy Leonard, associate professor in the department of history at Georgetown University, discusses the myths and realities of the Spanish Inquisition, from its inception in the 15th century as a heresy court to monitor the Moorish and Jewish converts to Christianity to its part in the “Black Legend” of Spanish imperial history.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Forensic behavior expert Mary Ellen O’Toole provides some insights into the minds and behaviors of psychopaths responsible for shocking crimes—on the streets and in the corporate world.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Their prowess was the stuff of many cultures’ legends. New archeological discoveries point to evidence that women warriors could actually be found on the battlefield—not just in storytellers’ imaginations.

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In her new book Baking Chez Moi, Dorie Greenspan chronicles the sweet side of her Parisian kitchen adventures, focusing on the what she and her French friends bake at home, the pastries she’s loved from travels through France, and what she’s been inspired to invent and adapt from the city's markets and the country's traditions. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Pivotal events in the War of 1812 took place in our region. Ed Bearss leads a tour highlighting the British withdrawal from Washington and the attacks on Baltimore and Fort McHenry on their 200th anniversary.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Over the years, masterworks have appeared that are so bold and revolutionary they forever altered artistic vision. Today, artist and art historian Joseph Cassar analyzes eight such paintings, from Giotto’s Lamentation (1305) to Velazquez’s Las Meninas (1656) and Manet’s Les Dejeuner sur L’Herbe (1863) and considers the impact each has had on the course of art history.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Genealogy expert John Colletta guides you in researching your own family’s history within the broad sweep of European migration to North America. He offers practical tips to deepen your investigation in the records of your ancestors’ native country.

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The Battle of Hastings opened a bitter, centuries-long rivalry between France and England. Historian Mary Frances Giandrea traces the origins of the Norman invasion and the devastating impact of William the Conqueror’s victory.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Follow an American original down the road less traveled. Author Daniel Stashower explores Frost’s life and legacy, and actor Scott Sedar reads a selection of the poet’s most celebrated works.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger introduces seven powerful women who helped spin and shred the web of conspiracies that blanketed the English throne.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

As the ideological gap between both parties continues to wide, Ken Walsh, U.S. News & World Report’s chief White House correspondent, moderates a spirited panel discussion about the political divide.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Food and travel writer Monica Bhide leads you through the temples, mosques, and gurudwaras of India’s most prominent religions by way of their sacred foods. Then, enjoy a buffet reception prepared by Indique in Cleveland Park.

Saturday, December 6, 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.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the cities of Dresden, Leipzig, Weimar, and East Berlin have emerged renewed, vigorous, and ready to make their mark once again on the world stage. Explore the history, culture, and sites of these cities in an illustrated seminar led by cultural and music historian Carol Reynolds.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

As the 150th anniversary of the Reconstruction era approaches, historian Michael Ross considers how this tumultuous chapter in our history redefined the rights of all Americans.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

In this richly illustrated seminar, art historian Bonita Billman explores the lives and careers of van Gogh and other notable artists in Paris and their depictions of the celebrities and scenes of everyday life in Montmartre—the night life and low life of a bohemian world.

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.

Saturday, December 13, 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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 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 John Mather and the origins of the universe. Part of a 5-Session Lecture Series.

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.

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.

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.

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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