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Tour NPR’s state-of-the-art headquarters in DC’s vibrant NoMa neighborhood. Since its incorporation in 1970, NPR has evolved from a radio broadcaster into the nation’s largest media network. You will view the open, two-story newsroom and broadcast studios where news and programming staff produce their stories.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

No other location is as associated with George Washington as Alexandria, a place he considered his hometown. Join author and historian Garrett Peck as he follows Washington’s footsteps through Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, churches, 18th-century houses, and historic waterfront.

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Friday, April 26, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The show that proved that being a puppet is no barrier to being a Broadway star marks the end of its more than 6,000 New York performances in May. Before the final curtain falls, join two of Avenue Q’s non-puppet original cast members, Rick Lyon and Jennifer Barnhart for some behind-the-scenes insights on the development, history, and impact of the Tony-winning musical, and its groundbreaking use of puppetry on stage.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.

In a special evening, directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo discuss their experience of back-to-back filming of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame and challenges of transporting the adventures of the iconic super-heroes from comic book page to the screen.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

From investment portfolios to trade wars, Hollywood movies to holiday travels, the influence of Asia on our lives—and the world’s economy—continues to grow. Shanghai-based global strategy advisor Parag Khanna examines why the Asian Century is a phenomenon far larger than we thought, and why there’s no more important region for us to better understand now.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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May 18 - 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Madhur Jaffrey introduced us to her homeland’s unique cuisine. Now, the cookbook author is back with a new recipes that might reshape the way you think about, and cook, Indian food.

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Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Drawing on her new book, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, Jane Leavy discusses the Bambino’s journey from Baltimore to the big leagues to the center of the nation’s adulation. In conversation with local sports attorney Phil Hochberg, she goes behind the mythology to uncover the man whose approach to the game and to life was always to hit it with all you’ve got.

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Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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May 24 - 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Visit two of the most interesting museums that reflect the tastes of their founders—both present and past—when you spend the day exploring the newly expanded Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the venerable Phillips Collection with art historian Ursula Wolfman. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit­)

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the revolution, Smithsonian magazine writer Tony Perrottet draws on his new book ¡Cuba Libre!: Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution That Changed World History to offer a look at some of the lesser-known human drama that played out against the backdrop of political upheaval.

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Monday, June 3, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Though its heroine called the Kansas prairie home, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz created perhaps the most beloved and enduring imaginary locale in children’s literature. Author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar strike off on a celebratory journey through L. Frank Baum’s life, works, and legacy.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss trace his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tangier Island is a community inextricably connected to the Chesapeake Bay. Join naturalist Keith Tomlinson as he leads a day devoted to discovering the island’s unique charms and attractions—on both land and water.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

As the famed training school’s 50th anniversary approaches, founder Dan Pedersen offers a first-hand account of the program, tells the inside story of its development during the Vietnam War, and examines how its training provided American flyers with the know-how to dominate air combat from Miramar to Area 51.

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Monday, June 10, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Join three curators from the Air and Space Museum—currently in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of its exhibition spaces—for a look at what the changes hold for future visitors, including plans for a new suite of galleries devoted to the solar system.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Classical historian Barry Strauss surveys the Roman Empire across the 300-year reign of the Caesars, and examines how the period can offer lessons—both positive and cautionary—to the modern world.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Two stunning new contemporary landmarks, the Vessel in Manhattan and Connecticut’s Grace Farms—as well as a private architectural yacht tour of New York harbor—join Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the High Line, and Yale University on the itinerary for a 3-day exploration of the creative synergy between architecture and design. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Depart: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:30 p.m.

Many of California’s winemakers and produce growers have become leaders in bringing new agricultural approaches to their farms and vineyards. Drawing on her book, Wine Country Table, food writer Janet Fletcher leads a virtual road trip that shares images and stories from her visits to locations that represent the future of responsible farming and winegrowing—and offers recipes and tips to take advantage of California’s year-round cornucopia.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Centuries of myriad religious traditions are reflected in daily life on the Indian subcontinent. Graham Schweig, a professor of religion at Christopher Newport University, surveys the rich heritage of influences, practices, and philosophies that have shaped India’s spiritual history.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton surveys some of the most beautiful estates and lushest gardens of the Ile-de-France region—a favorite location for those aristocratic getaways—and the 19th-century artists who later found their own inspiration in its forests and towns. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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June 15 - 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Join acclaimed herpetologist Romulus Whitaker for a fascinating discussion about his work on snakebite mitigation, India’s iconic snakes, and his ongoing efforts to preserve reptile habitats. Little wonder a species of Indian boa, Eryx whitakeri, was named in his honor.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 2:00 p.m.

Historian John Ragosta examines whether Thomas Jefferson’s insistence on separation of church on state was essential to the early development of American religious freedom or if the concept, as critics claim, is a mid-20th century phenomenon.

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Monday, June 17, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

The latest developments in imagining technology are uncovering centuries-old secrets hidden in fire- and water-damaged manuscripts, drawings, old books, and ephemera. Michael B. Toth, a specialist in the field, discusses recent projects, including ones that that provided insights into Shakespeare’s first folios and revelations about Ben Franklin found beneath an ink spill.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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June 21 - 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II forged much more than a songwriting partnership; they created one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. Todd Purdum, culture and politics writer for The Atlantic, examines how the innovative musicals of these cultural powerhouses came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tangier Island is a community inextricably connected to the Chesapeake Bay. Join naturalist Keith Tomlinson as he leads a day devoted to discovering the island’s unique charms and attractions—on both land and water.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

From the 17th through 19th centuries, Prussia and its capital Berlin came to dominate the political, intellectual, and cultural life of what eventually became the unified German state. Cultural historian Ursula Rehn Wolfman traces this fascinating historical evolution through the expression of Prussian influence in Berlin’s architecture and extraordinary museum collections, as well as in its role as a center for learning. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Monday, June 24, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

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.

To mark the anniversary of the landmark HBO series, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz, television critics of New Jersey’s Star-Ledger—Tony Soprano’s hometown newspaper—discuss the show’s artistry, themes, and legacy, as well as its deep connections to other film and TV classics.

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

Washington, D.C., was the first municipality to be recognized a leading sustainable city by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities initiative. Spend a day with Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture, for a close-up look at several sites—from the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant to an elementary-school garden—that play a role in creating a greener nation’s capital.

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Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

The radical innovations made by European and American painters and sculptors between 1900 and 1965 forever altered the way we think about visual art. Art historian Nancy G. Heller presents a 2-session overview of the major creators, movements, and works of this seminal period, offering a focus on their broader socio-political and aesthetic contexts. (World Art History certificate core course, 1 credit)

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Friday, June 28, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. & Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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June 28 - 29, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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July 5 - 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

One of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is the perfect destination for a visit that includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a memorable dinner in one of Ontario’s most historic and charming towns.

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Depart: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:30 p.m.

Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to experience Awaken, a unique exhibition that gathers spectacular objects of Buddhist art from across the centuries into a series of immersive spaces that trace a journey to spiritual enlightenment. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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July 13 - 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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July 19 - 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Staten Island is a destination often overlooked by visitors—and fellow New Yorkers. On a 2-day excursion, arts journalist Richard Selden uncovers an array of cultural, historical, and architectural attractions that prove that this island the size of Bermuda deserves to shake off its underdog reputation.

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Depart: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 9:00 p.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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July 26 - 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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August 2 - 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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August 9 - 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The art of impressionist-era creators is in the spotlight during a 2-day visit to several of Philadelphia’s outstanding collections led by art historian Ursula Rhen Wolfman. A special exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and visits to the Barnes and the Rodin Museum are part of this perfect getaway for art lovers. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Depart: Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 9:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:00 p.m.

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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August 17 - 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Family Program: (Ages 10 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the National Portrait Gallery. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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August 23 - 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The rugged landscape of western North Dakota was the setting against which Theodore Roosevelt transformed himself from an asthmatic 24-year-old into a robust outdoorsman—and a passionate lifelong conservationist. Experience that corner of the West—filled with dramatic vistas, vividly colored canyons, and wandering herds of wild bison—on an extraordinary tour that brings you into the heart of Roosevelt’s Badlands and the national park that bears his name.

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Depart from Bismarck, ND: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 6:00 p.m.
Return to Bismarck, ND: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.