Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenThu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000Watch Humpback Whales Fish With Bubble Nets of GoProThu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Train Hauls Fish Up a Mountain for a Living path of the North Rail Express from Norway to Sweden is a challenging one: starting at sea level, the train will have to climb 25 miles up into the mountains, weighed down with a heavy cargo of fresh fish.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Cruise Ship Chef Hunts for Big Fish. Will He Succeed? luxury liner Europa 2 docks into port, its chef de cuisine has a major challenge ahead: prepare lunch for his very discerning clientele, while also impressing his boss – whom he’s meeting for the first time.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000What Makes This Canadian Train So Special? Canadian passenger train has a unique streamlined design that goes back to the 1930s. It’s a rare aesthetic, perfectly captured by this fan who makes replicas of them to sell, all over the world.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000How Do You Dock a Ship Into a Port That's 200 Feet Short? Viking Sea is docking into the Scottish port of Lerwick. It's a major challenge considering the port is over 200 feet shorter than the ship. Can the staff captain in charge dock without causing damage?Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000How Japanese High-Speed Trains Handle Earthquakes being on a Japanese high-speed train when an earthquake hits. This is a scenario that the Tokaido Shinkansen railway team has been planning for, for years.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Devastating Fire That Left Windsor Castle in Shambles Castle, the scene of a disastrous fire in 1992, was badly in need of restoration. One problem: The bill was likely to be in the millions--and taxpayers were in no mood to foot the bill.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Young Princess Elizabeth's First Radio Broadcast 1940, Princess Elizabeth was tasked with an important job by prime minister Winston Churchill: to give a morale-boosting radio speech to her weary subjects during WWII, from historic Windsor Castle.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000How This Prankster Crashed Prince William's 21st Birthday Prince of Wales' 21st birthday party was held in the royal venue of Windsor Castle. Despite the security measures, an uninvited man was able to get in--and even plant a kiss on the Prince.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why This 1969 Royal Family Documentary Was Pulled Off Air total, the Queen Mother was a widow for 50 years of her life. During that time, she became known for two things: extravagance and an unpaid tab that ran into the millions.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Honey Badger Barrels Through a Sharp Thorn Tree for Lunch rock rat is hiding from his predator, a honey badger, in the midst of a Namibian sweet thorn tree. But he doesn't count on his opponent's determination to get lunch, even at the price of a few cuts.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000Sea Star Storytime with Chris Mah Mah, researcher at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in the invertebrate zoology department, describes the characteristics of different sea star species observed on the final dive of the Laulima O Ka Moana expedition. (Credit: Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana)Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000How NYC Women Stayed Safe from the Son of Sam Killer Son of Sam serial killer appeared to target young New York women with brown hair. In 1977, one reporter took to the streets to ask them about the steps they’d taken to protect themselves.Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000Here's How You Can Fly One of Peter Jackson's WWI Planes director Peter Jackson has a fantastic collection of 70 WWI planes. But host Phil Keoghan isn't just interested in seeing them--he wants to fly one. And you can, too.Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000Did Nazis Hide Loot Beneath This Giant Polish Castle? Castle in southern Poland sits atop a remarkable complex of underground tunnels built by the Nazis in 1944. Some experts believe these tunnels hold a still undiscovered secret... but what?Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Daring Stunt That Put Bungee Jumping on the Map 1987, two adventurers from New Zealand made a daring--and illegal--televised bungee jump off the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Host Phil Keoghan meets one of those men, who shows us how the extreme sport went global.Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Honey Badger Endures Bee Stings for His Favorite Treat the honey badger is on a mission to taste honey for the first time. To do so, he must break into a hive and withstand the fury of a bee horde determined to protect their home.Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0000Thornton Dinosaur of the dinosaur bones found in Thornton. Credit: City of ThorntonWed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000How JFK's Clever TV Strategies Helped Him Win the Election million people tuned in to watch America's first televised presidential debate in 1960. They were met with a well-prepared, well-dressed JFK who outshone his opponent, Richard Nixon.Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Eleanor Roosevelt's Surprising Connection to a Dire Town first lady Eleanor Roosevelt first visited the mining town of Scotts Run, she was stunned by the poverty she encountered. She resolved to deliver the refurbishment they desperately needed, by hand.Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Minor Parking Violation Revealed the Son of Sam Killer tip that led to the arrest of the Son of Sam killer came in unusual circumstances: a Brooklyn woman saw him near his car, which was parked illegally. Moments later, shots rang out from a nearby street.Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Moon Landing Was the Television Event of the Decade June 16, 1969, Americans filled highways, streets and homes to witness the launch of a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center: the legendary, moon-bound Apollo 11.Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Moment Lincoln Realized the Military Power of Railroads victory for the South in the battle of Bull Run, President Lincoln reached an inescapable conclusion. Without an effective railway network to transport troops quickly, the North couldn't win.Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Ark Matt Huynh, artist, Kevin Shea Adams, composer, Irene Feleo, animator, Justice Shroomcloud, music, Mark Wang, MJ Steele and Sasha Kimiatek, assistantsThu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Man Is the Father of Modern American Suburbia 1951, two thirds of Americans lived in urban areas. Enter William Levitt, a former navy lieutenant, who would utilize construction techniques he learned in the military to build affordable suburban homes.Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Hillary Clinton Delivered Her Risky 1995 Beijing Speech 1995, Hillary Clinton was scheduled to deliver a speech at the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Her speechwriter talks about how the iconic speech came to be.Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Man Betrayed Nazis by Stealing Looted Jewish Valuables April 1944, the Nazis began to systematically terrorize the Jews living in Hungary. Shortly afterwards, they forced them to hand over their valuables – worth an estimated $350 million.Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000How 9/11 Altered Laura Bush's Role as First Lady days after 9/11, first lady Laura Bush spoke at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the memorial for the victims of Flight 93. In that moment, she shed her natural reserve to become the nation's "comforter-in-chief."Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Cleveland DJ Popularized Rock 'n' Roll – and dancing shows – became a teenage craze in the 1950s, spurred by figures like Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed. His hit dance show featured R&B and African American music – which he later dubbed ‘Rock and Roll.’Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Watch Two King Cobras Romance Each Other cobra mating techniques aren’t subtle. To indicate his interest, the male will engage in frequent headbutting with the female, while she dances provocatively around him.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Here's What Happens When the Queen Throws a Giant Banquet Britain emerged victorious from the Falklands War, it turned its attention to repairing relations with one of its most important allies: the U.S. Nothing short of a 160-person banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth herself would do.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Queen Victoria Was an Early Adopter of Photography the 1840s, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert set up elaborate white winter interiors and decorated trees to celebrate Christmas at Windsor Castle. But the photographs they released to the public told a more modest story.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Warning: Here's a King Cobra Swallowing Another Snake Whole the King Cobra is about to eat. He’s sunk his teeth into an ambushed rat snake, shot a dose of neurotoxin into it, and is now about to swallow it whole. You've been warned.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Graz from AustriaTue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Salzburg from AustriaTue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Salzburgerland from AustriaTue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Arlberg from AustriaTue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Vienna from AustriaTue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Solo - Rail from AustriaTue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000HERO from AustriaTue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Timelapse sculpting WildlifeDIRECTTue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Time-lapse melting 3X speed WildlifeDIRECTTue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000How Betty Ford's Surprising Progressivism Inspired Millions being thrust into the role of first lady with no warning, Betty Ford will be remembered as one of the most outspoken, independent and intelligent first ladies we've ever had.Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Bomb Threats Didn't Stop Lady Bird's Fight for Civil Rights Bird Johnson was a committed supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, in word and deed: from touring the country to speak against racism, to refusing to stay in segregated hotels.Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of 1940s Nazi Sympathizers Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot, but he had another, more sinister position in American History: as a Nazi sympathizer and spokesperson for the America First Committee.Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Devastating 1926 Hurricane that Halted the Growth of Miami 1926, the Miami economy was soaring, fueled by wealthy northerners attracted to the tropical climate and beaches. But a devastating hurricane would smash into the city, causing widespread destruction.Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Eleanor Roosevelt Visited Active War Zones During WWII Roosevelt's war time travels to support U.S. soldiers were considerable and mind-boggling: in the Pacific theater alone, she would meet with an astonishing 400,000 troops.Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000How Colorized Historical Footage Is Painstakingly Made Films conducted 5,800 hours of research and poured over 27 miles of film to create our series America in Color. Where did they even begin? Their art director fills us in on the maddeningly detailed process.Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000Is This Where Humanity Decided to Settle Down? analysis of ancient wild cereals from Göbekli Tepe reveal a remarkable similarity to modern strains. This points to the possibility that humanity's transition from hunting to farming may have begun there.Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Mysterious Stone Structure Is Older Than Stonehenge recently, Britain's Stonehenge was thought to be the world's oldest set of stone monuments. But a recent discovery in the Turkish region of Göbekli Tepe has been estimated to be over 6,000 years older.Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000How Colorized Historical Footage Is Painstakingly Made September 2, 1945, Japan delivered its unconditional surrender in WWII. Twelve million American troops went home as civilians, to work and raise families--ushering the U.S. into a new age of global leadership.Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Crucial Role the British Railway Played During WWII the Luftwaffe began to target London with increasing regularity, the railway network became the saving grace of the nation, successfully transporting both troops and children from its cities.Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000