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Recently reissued, William L. Shirer's seminal 1960 history of Nazi Germany is still important reading
February 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
This week, sketch at the Luce Foundation Center, learn about espionage during WWII, and enjoy a Cree film at the American Indian Museum.
January 30, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
A century ago, Douglas Mawson saw his two companions die and found himself stranded in the midst of Antarctic blizzards.
January 27, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Blockbuster movies often lose out at the Oscars, while winners can't find enough viewers
January 27, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
This weekend, the Iranian Film Festival features Abbas Kiarostami, the Renwick Gallery turns 40, and artist Kristina Bilonick leads a silkscreening demo.
January 26, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Who were the winners and losers in yesterday's announcement of the Oscar nominees?
January 25, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
The world-famous photographer takes her career in an entirely different direction with her new show, "Pilgrimage"
January 25, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Long-gone destinations have their own special appeal, don't you think?
January 24, 2012 | By Susan Spano
This week, see Annie Leibovitz talk about her latest project at the American Art Museum, discuss the state of the American Indian in America, and bring your kids to Air and Space to learn about the Apollo 11 flight.
January 23, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Our top ten picks from the Smithsonian Twitterati and blogrolls.
January 20, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Crediting some stars who preceded Gina Carano on screen
January 20, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
Weekend Events January 20-22: An Evening with Alice Waters, Create Your Own Peacock Room and Dance for the Dying
This weekend, welcome Alice Waters to the National Portrait Gallery, curate your own Peacock Room, and enjoy an acoustic performance from local rock band Dance for the Dying.
January 19, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
How many species of this rare, ornamented genus were there?
January 19, 2012 | By Brian Switek
At the Portrait Gallery, Historian Amy Henderson Awaits the Presentation of a New Portrait of Chef Alice Waters
January 18, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Watch a documentary about the couple who broke through interracial marriage laws, learn the story behind Dale Chihuly's blanket cylinders and beat the blues with the Andrea Wood Quintet.
January 17, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Thanks to one 1888 paper, paleontologists still divide dinosaurs between the bird-hips and lizard-hips
January 17, 2012 | By Brian Switek
What are the must-read books written by and about the famed British author?
January 17, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Films both new and old that we look forward to in the coming year
January 12, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
"Going the way of the dinosaur" is a popular phrase, but one drawn from bizarre 20th century ideas that dinosaurs were due for an extinction
January 11, 2012 | By Brian Switek
Parasaurolophus is one of the most perplexing dinosaurs - what did it use its huge crest for?
January 10, 2012 | By Brian Switek