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Smithsonian Associates - Educating and Entertaining Audiences for More Than 50 Years

During six seasons on AMC, Walter White, the antihero of “Breaking Bad” practiced a lot of ad-hoc chemistry. But how much of it was actually scientific? Join the show’s science advisor, chemistry professor Donna Nelson, and scientist Marius Stan, who appeared as an actor, to learn how the series mixed fictional storylines with professionally accurate facts.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Historian Richard Bell reconstructs the fascinating history of America’s Declaration of Independence, covering its origins, purpose, impact, and its extraordinary influence on more than 100 similar declarations in countries around the world.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Both beginners and seasoned artists can learn to take advantage of the creative possibilities of this rich pigmented, vibrant, and versatile medium.

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Monday, July 8 to 29, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Drawing on her memoir, Trailblazer, Gilliam talks to veteran reporter and freelance journalist Kristin Jense about her remarkable 50-year career as The Washington Post’s first black female journalist and her determination to “make the media look more like America.”

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Many Westerners are familiar with Taoism as a set of teachings that center on following nature and nurturing the spirit in this life. Learn about another component of Taoist thought and practice: the search for immortality.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.