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Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Michael Eric Dyson, a scholar of race, religion, and contemporary culture, draws on his new book to share how he grapples with the cultural and social forces that have shaped America since slavery, examines how the country can reckon with race, and suggests ways to move forward.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Robert Paarlberg, an adjunct professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the author of Starved for Science, Food Politics, and The United States of Excess, offers a bold science-based response to misinformation about food production and organic, unprocessed foods.

Monday, April 12, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

The most expensive civilian scientific and technological program in U.S. history, Project Apollo symbolized the caliber of America’s capability in space exploration. On the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight, Smithsonian curator Teasel Muir-Harmony examines another aspect of the program: its role as a political strategy to foster a global community aligned with America’s Cold War interests.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

People living with disabilities are underrepresented in media, popular culture, and art. Alice Wong, a disabled activist, media maker, and research consultant, joins Beth Ziebarth, director of Access Smithsonian, artist Riva Lehrer, and writer s.e. smith, to discuss intersectionality in art, design, and the museum world through inclusive design and representation.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

As the world continues to warm and the oceans acidify, there is no question that coral reefs are facing unprecedented struggle. Join coral reef biologist Rebecca Albright, assistant curator of Invertebrate Zoology and Patterson Scholar at the California Academy of Science, as she highlights opportunities to address this crisis.

Monday, April 19, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Joe Biden is facing one of the most challenging and polarized political environments ever experienced by a new president. How well has he been doing? Journalist and historian Ken Walsh looks at the high and low points of the new presidency so far as he reviews Biden’s first 100 days in office.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

CNN anchor Jake Tapper called on his inside knowledge of Washington’s workings to write his newest period political thriller The Devil May Dance, in which Congressman Charlie Marder and his wife Margaret find themselves launched into the dark side of 1960s Hollywood on a dangerous assignment from Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Join him as he discusses mixing politicos and the Rat Pack in his book, as well as his work covering the non-fictional Washington.