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Smithsonian Spotlight takes an in-depth look at the exhibits, fieldwork, and personalities of the Smithsonian Institution. Host Susan Spencer has informed and spirited discussions with the scientists, artists, and innovators who shape our world and sometimes risk their lives to expand our understanding of the universe.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSpace: The Last 50 Years||Join curators from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and a former shuttle astronaut as they discuss memorable moments from the last fifty years in Space. Relive the triumphs and tragedies, and witness the astonishing tales and technological advances that changed the world and how we see it.||26:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoClick!||Learn about the Smithsonian Photography Initiative's program Click!, which examines the many ways photography allows us to see, experience, and interact with the world as well as deepen our understanding of how photographs profoundly affect virtually every facet of our lives.||26:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideo100 Years of Natural History||We’re celebrating the one-hundred-year anniversary of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, home of fine art, dinosaurs, the Hope Diamond, and over one hundred million specimens. See how its vital work remains a gift to science and to the American people, and, like the world it showcases, remains forever a work in progress.||46:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSpace: Bots or Bodies||In 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts and a Russian robot rover raced each other to reach the moon first. More than 40 years later, the debate of man vs. machine rages on: Which is better equipped to handle the rigors and risks of space exploration? Technological advances will allow astronauts to travel farther than ever, and Mars is in our sights. But should Man make that trip? Are we pushing the boundaries, or pushing our luck?||46:17||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDenying the Moon Landings||The 1960s were a turbulent decade full of civil unrest and political backlash. The Apollo Moon landing galvanized most of our polarized nation, but to some, the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal created suspicion of the government’s motives. These mounting suspicions led some to doubt that America’s moon landings were even real. Apollo astronauts and scientific experts reflect on NASA’s glorious achievement, and the shock of having their accomplishments questioned 40 years later.||46:16||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPicture Perfect||It’s a photo opportunity of a lifetime. Since 2003, Smithsonian Magazine has run an annual contest, offering photographers the chance to have their winning pictures exhibited at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. and published in the print edition of its Magazine. In that time, hundreds of thousands of shutterbugs from over 90 countries have submitted their best shots, but only a handful can win. We join judges behind the scenes and a winning photographer behind the lens to answer the question: what makes a simple picture a work of art?||26:17||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMuseum in the Making||Starting a museum is, to say the least, a monumental task. Join us for the first glimpses of Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, slated to open in 2015. Founding Director Lonnie Bunch guides us through the daily challenges, from designing the building to selecting and collecting the artifacts that will tell the story of America through the lens of the 400-year-long African American experience. From Harriett Tubman’s prayer hymnal to Louis Armstrong’s trumpet, the vast array of stories and artifacts will serve to collectively tell a triumphant story of resiliency, strength, optimism, and hope.||23:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|