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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

For most Americans, one of the world’s least-known places lies just about 90 miles from Florida. Michael Atwood Mason, director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and a Cuba researcher, discusses the many ways that past and present converge for residents of the island nation.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

How does someone enter a career in foreign service—and what do they find there? Take a rare opportunity to get answers from men and women in diplomatic Washington as you go inside the American Foreign Service Association and the U.S. Department of State.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The Atomic Spies, Cambridge Five, and Red Wasp Network seized on periods of international political unrest to unleash their espionage operations. Experts and former intelligence officers share the inside story of these spy rings, including never-before-seen documents, rare images, and little-known details. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

With stops including Byzantium, the steppes of China’s frontier, and the Mongol empires of Eurasia, art historian Lawrence Butler follows the legendary Silk Road to illustrate cultural encounters through art, archaeology, and literature.

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Inspired by the cry of "God wills it," thousands of European nobles and commoners made a solemn vow at the end of the 11th century to reclaim the Holy Land and return it to Christian rule. Historian Richard Abels explores the history, meaning, and legacy of the ensuing centuries of holy wars.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Whether it’s savored from a candy box, sipped hot from a mug, or coating a single perfect strawberry (or these days, a single perfect piece of bacon), chocolate is something of which we can never get enough. Food historian and author Francine Segan gets to the delicious center of our love affair with it.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The unprecedented scale of World War I’s devastation and loss redefined the concept of “total war.” Marcus Jones, a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, explores the origins and the legacy of the most consequential conflict of the 20th century. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger looks the clash of the Yorks and Lancasters, exploring how family dysfunction played out on England’s national stage—and its history.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Author Ronald C. Rosbottom brings to life the grim and dangerous days of wartime Paris, evoking the detail of daily life in a city under military and civilian occupation and the brave people who fought against it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Written in berry juice on newspapers, the contents of the 1871 field diary on which legendary explorer David Livingstone recorded his observations on the African slave trade faded to near-invisibility in just a few years. A team of scholars, scientists, and spectral imaging experts have revealed his words again.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM

As the current struggle between Ukraine and Russia demands our attention, there are some who worry we may be witnessing attempts to reconstitute the former Russian Empire. Historian George Munro provides insights into the people and events that led to the empire’s creation and a key to understanding the issues at play today.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Prized for their beauty, Oriental rugs have been woven in the Near East for more than 4,000 years—and coveted as objects of splendor for just as long. If you are considering purchasing one for your home, listen to antique rug experts Michael Seiden, Tom Xanakis, and Rick Seyford talk about the history of these objects and provide tips on what to look for (or look out for) when buying a rug.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

It took Israel only six days in June 1967 to immobilize the airpower of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, but the legacy of that lightning war still shapes the seemingly intractable search for Mideast peace. Ralph Nurnberger, a professor of international relations at Georgetown University, uncovers the roots of the war and reveals little-known events leading up to it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 9:30 AM

This fascinating seminar explores the tale of two cities during the Renaissance—Florence and Venice, rich, confident, magnificently beautiful, and powerhouses of creativity—and the artists they nurtured, including the contrasting geniuses of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian.

 

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