The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Julie Segre, Head, Microbial Genomics Section and Chief, Translational and Functional Genomics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Taking a Bite Out of Invasive Species: From Ecosystem Menaces to Menu Items
How do you transform ecosystem menaces into to menu items? Jackson Landers, author of Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species, and chef John Shields, an expert in the cuisine of the Chesapeake region, explore the benefits—both ecological and culinary—that an inventive use of invasive plants and animals can offer.
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 6:45 PM
A Once and Future Earth?: Exploring Titan, Saturn’s Giant Moon
One of the most Earth-like worlds found to date, the frozen “prebiotic” moon Titan offers a glimpse of what our own planet might have been like before life evolved—and whether similar life might be found elsewhere. Ralph Lorenz of Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics lab examines how Titan is being explored in space missions and in the laboratory.
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 6:45 PM
How Fat Works: The Inside Story
Fat plagues us. As a nation, we spend $60 billion annually fighting it. Drawing on her new book, The Secret Life of Fat, biochemist Sylvia Tara offers a scientist’s perspective on how to gain the upper hand in controlling our weight.
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Gary Gibbons, Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:45 PM
A Partnership that’s Out of This World: Navigating Space Relations
The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the most ambitious international collaborations ever attempted. Cathy Lewis, curator of curator of international space programs and spacesuits at the Air and Space Museum, describes the multinational and bilateral agreements that led to its completion. She also highlights some of the cutting-edge scientific work being conducted on board the ISS.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Orchids: Moments of Beauty
Morning Tour
Smithsonian Gardens staff members lead a private tour of Moments, the Smithsonian’s 2017 Orchid Exhibit at the Hirshhorn, where the museum’s exhibit designers have created a unique setting for the blooms.
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:30 AM
How We Eat: A Uniquely Human Dilemma
When our prehistoric ancestors began to transform the way they acquired food, hunting and gathering gave way to planting crops and animal domestication. More centralized systems of food production gradually led to the erosion of our ability to make informed decisions about how we eat. Learn how lessons from our prehistoric diets and foodways could have a positive impact on our health and the environment today.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Orchids: Moments of Beauty
Morning Tour
Smithsonian Gardens staff members lead a private tour of Moments, the Smithsonian’s 2017 Orchid Exhibit at the Hirshhorn, where the museum’s exhibit designers have created a unique setting for the blooms.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 8:30 AM
The Physics of Everyday Life
The keys to unveiling the mysteries of the natural universe may be as close as your kitchen. Physicist Helen Czerski explains how the most ordinary everyday objects and occurences—like popping corn, coffee stains, and fridge magnets—can provide a way to understand big-picture concepts such as gravity, gases, weather, time, and more.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Science as Art: The Beauty of Botanical Illustration
In collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries’ Biological Heritage Library, Alice Tangerini, a scientific illustrator at the Natural History Museum, leads an afternoon focused on the fascinating mix of art and science behind the practice of botanical illustration.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Orchids: Moments of Beauty
Morning Tour
Smithsonian Gardens staff members lead a private tour of Moments, the Smithsonian’s 2017 Orchid Exhibit at the Hirshhorn, where the museum’s exhibit designers have created a unique setting for the blooms.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM
There Goes the Sun: A Total-Solar-Eclipse Countdown
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM
How Did We Get This Far? The Future of Humankind, Considered
Best-selling author and historian Yuval Noah Harari looks back at the course of history, and, drawing on his new book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, explores the human agenda informing the 21st century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. He also asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world—from us?
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour
The 2017 edition of the world’s largest indoor flower exhibition—all 10 colorful acres of it—salutes the Netherlands with the theme Holland: Flowering the World. The legendary show is the perfect place for gardeners and flower enthusiasts to spend a day filled with beauty.
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:30 AM