PeopleThese influential artists, celebrities, leaders and scholars have shaped our world
A Victorian-era naturalist thought he'd found a new kind of dinosaur, and he threw a fit when other naturalists disagreed
May 08, 2012 | By Brian Switek
This week, get a book signed by New Orleans specialist Carolyn Morrow Long, enjoy a concert by the Encore Chorale, and discover the real Aaron Burr in a lecture by H.W. Brands.
May 07, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Angered by the way the Soviet Union treated him, Mao Zedong planned revenge on Nikita Khrushchev during the Soviet premier's 1958 visit to Beijing. Mao's weapon: a pool party.
May 04, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Events May 4-6: Cool off with IMAX, Fly a kite at the Sackler and celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Smithsonian
This weekend, view the spectacular journey of a polar bear and her cubs in IMAX, make your own Korean kite and join Smithsonian in kicking off the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration.
May 03, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
Compare documents filed by the first and last homesteaders in the United States
May 2012 | By T.A. Frail and Megan Gambino
Twenty-five years after The Simpsons made their TV debut, the show's creator talks about Homer's odyssey—and his own
May 2012 | By Claudia De La Roca
Robert Caro, the esteemed biographer of Lyndon Baines Johnson, talks on the Shakespearean life of the 36th president
May 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
The dusty village where Barack Obama’s father was raised had high hopes after his son was elected president. What has happened since then?
May 2012 | By Joshua Hammer
To visit the brutal prison that held Mandela is haunting, yet inspiring
May 2012 | By Scott Johnson
This week, take a garden tour, discover the universe through cutting edge developments in X-ray telescopes, and meet acclaimed artist Roni Horn.
April 30, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Chinese artist Ai WeiWei challenges ideas of authenticity with his reproduction of Qing dynasty zodiac animal heads, now on view at the Hirshhorn Museum.
April 26, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Events April 27-29: Insight into 20th-Century African American Art, Anacostia River & Jazz Fest, Gamer Symphony Orchestra
This weekend, get some insight into 20th-Century African American Art, Dance at the Anacostia River and Jazz Fest and hear the Gamer Symphony Orchestra perform arrangements of video game music.
April 26, 2012 | By Kelly Smith
What's so great about the curve-filled, machine-inspired art movement that burst on the scene in the early 20th century and owes a lot to Cubism? Certainly not its founders' politics
April 24, 2012 | By Henry Adams
Guest blogger and Portrait Gallery historian Amy Henderson discusses Louis Armstrong and the meaning of stardom
April 24, 2012 | By Amy Henderson
This week, discover new research on genetics, enjoy a performance from the Marlboro Music Festival's best young talent, and learn the elements that make a good film.
April 23, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
This weekend learn to draw at the American Art Museum, visit the space shuttle Discovery and celebrate Earth Day with the National Zoo.
April 19, 2012 | By Kelly Smith
In the early 1950s, few Americans knew much about organized crime. But Sen. Estes Kefauver, a Democrat from Tennessee, changed that with a series of hearings that turned into a television extravaganza.
April 18, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Even before the Dinosaur Renaissance moved sauropods out of the swamps, paleontologists recognized that some of these dinosaurs were better suited to life on land
April 17, 2012 | By Brian Switek
Learn about the jazz legends who transformed American music.
April 14, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Events April 13-15: Visio-Disco, Royal Mail Ship Titanic Centennial, Insights into Coltrane and Hancock
This weekend, hit the dance floor at the Visio-Disco, learn about the Titanic’s on board postal service and celebrate Jazz History Month at Rhythm Cafe: Insights into Coltrane and Hancock.
April 12, 2012 | By Kelly Smith