Just as people were experimenting with the potential uses of broadcast TV in the 1930s, so too were they envisioning ways to utilize closed-circuit TV in the 1950s
June 26, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Before it became known as the "idiot box," television was seen as the best hope for bringing enlightenment to the American people
May 29, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Americans in the 1940s had wondrous expectations about the post-war world. Meet one author who advised them to curb their enthusiasm
May 25, 2012 | By Matt Novak
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
See the giant prehistoric snake everyone's been talking about at the Natural History Museum, starting Friday, March 30 through January 6, 2013
March 29, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Sculptor Kevin Hockley unveils his fearsome replica of Titanoboa—the star of an upcoming Smithsonian Channel special and National Museum of Natural History exhibition
March 22, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
The real prize for Kaleb Harris, winner of the American History Museum and Smithsonian Channel's Black History Month essay contest, was meeting Joseph McNeil, one of the leaders of the 1960 Greensboro sit-in
March 20, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Thankfully, this Super Bowl spectacle never had a wardrobe malfunction
February 03, 2012 | By Matt Novak
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, John Adams shares what it takes to make a great Super Bowl advertisement
January 27, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Sightseeing across the country in an atomic-powered "pleasure ball"
January 13, 2012 | By Matt Novak
The public's fascination with the concept of "movable pavement" extends back more than 130 years
January 11, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Arthur Radebaugh's vision of a road-creating machine may not have been a figment of just his imagination- a Disney-produced television program had a similar idea
December 16, 2011 | By Matt Novak
For five years, a popular comic strip gave us a preview of life in Suburbatopia
November 04, 2011 | By Matt Novak
Kennedy and Nixon squared off in the first televised presidential debate 50 years ago and politics have never been the same
September 14, 2010 | By W. Barksdale Maynard
Kids are back to school. Cravings for homemade chili and freshly picked apples kick in. And across the country, football season officially begins. (If you haven't seen high school and college players, strengthened by arduous two-a-days, suiting up for their season openers, you've surely witnessed o...
September 10, 2010 | By Megan Gambino
The Secret Life of Anthropologists—Along with the entomologists, oceanographers, biologists, physicists and other scientists in the Natural History Museum are the anthropologists, who work furiously to research, curate and put order to the vast collections at the Smithsonian museums. Right now...
August 18, 2010 | By Jess Righthand
One hundred years ago today, the doors of a magnificent, new Beaux Arts building located at 10th Street on the National Mall swung open and parade of 4,000 visiting dignitaries, including the German, Japanese and Swiss ambassadors, entered. It was the grand opening of a new National Museum. Six yea...
March 17, 2010 | By Beth Py-Lieberman
When field biologist Gudrun Pflueger found out, in 2005, that a cancerous tumor the size of a golf ball was growing in her brain, her chances for survival looked bleak. Many might have even said that recovery was impossible. But Pflueger—sweet, and yet tough as nails—fought, and remained hopeful.“A...
March 05, 2010 | By Megan Gambino
On Saturday night, Aerial America: Hawaii premiered on the Smithsonian Channel. The segment, one in a series devoted to viewing the country’s natural and manmade marvels from air, delivers on its promise to capture breathtaking footage. The video crew travels in a helicopter over Kilauea, one of th...
December 07, 2009 | By Megan Gambino
Over the course of the 40 years that the program has been on the air, Sesame Street has spawned versions in countries around the world
November 06, 2009 | By Abby Callard