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In fact, it appears to have originated on the Midwestern prairies of Kansas.Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000Were the Letters Ordering the Assassination of Jefferson Davis Real?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/were-the-letters-ordering-the-assassination/The assassination orders found on the body of a Union colonel caused outrage in the South. But were those letters real or were they forged by the confederate government to be used as a propaganda tool?Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000A Glimpse Into the Highest Mountain of the Cascade Rangehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-muirs-transformative-climb-up-mt-rainier/In 1880, John Muir boldly hiked to the icy summit of one of Washington State's most recognizable landmarks. He would later go on to became one of nature's greatest advocates.Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000Uncovering the Mystery of President JFK's Assassinationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/jfk-50-years-50-conspiracies/In the 50 years since JFKs death, countless conspiracies theories have emerged to explain what really happened on that November day in Dallas.Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Spectacular New York World's Fair of 1939https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/inventing-the-future-in-1939/Cigarette-smoking robots and super highways were just a few of the futuristic new inventions presented at the 1939 New York World's Fair.Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000How This Mayan Legend Inspired a Deadly Ballgamehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-this-mayan-legend-inspired-a-deadly-ball/In ancient Mayan lore, the world of the living was directly connected to the underworld: Xibalba. This belief was central to many facets of Mayan life—including a unique sport with fatal consequences.Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000A Chance Encounter With a Polar Bear and Her Two Cubshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/a-chance-encounter-with-a-polar-bear-and-her/In 2013, a wildlife cameraman from Norway, Asgeir Helgestad, met a polar bear mom whom he names Frost. Over the next few years, their paths would cross again.Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Vicious KKK Attack Against Nat King Colehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-vicious-kkk-attack-against-nat-king-cole/In 1956, Nat King Cole, one of the biggest musical stars in the world, was attacked on stage by the KKK. It was the reality of being a black man in America, where even fame and fortune couldn't protect you.Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000This Ancient Fish Is Facing a Plummeting Population Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-ancient-fish-is-facing-a-plummeting-pop/Despite producing thousands of eggs at a time, sturgeon populations are down to about one percent of their historic population levels. Scientists are scrambling for answers.Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000Does Castell Dinas Bran Have an Arthurian Castle Resting Beneath?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/does-castell-dinas-bran-have-an-arthurian-ca/A team of archaeologists are trying to discover what lies beneath the medieval fortress of Castell Dinas Bran in North Wales. But instead of digging, they'll be relying on advanced technology.Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Clever Idea That's Reducing Rattlesnake Casualtieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/the-clever-idea-thats-reducing-rattlesnake/Ecopassages, which help snakes cross roads safely, have helped dramatically limit the number of snakes killed in Ontario. Here's how they work.Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000Fascinating Footage of a Reef Squid Protecting His Matehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/fascinating-footage-of-a-reef-squid-protecti/It's hard enough attracting a suitable mate. But if you're a reef squid, that's not the end of the battle—there's also the small matter of keeping rival males at bay.Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0000Photographing Remarkable Tattoos Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/tattoo-odyssey-disappearing-worlds/Photographer Chris Rainier focuses his camera on the indigenous Mentawai people and their remarkable full body tattoos.Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000Drones Bring You Shockingly Close to Africa's Wildlifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/camera-drones-capture-africas-wild-side/To capture the intense animal interactions of East Africa's wildlife, the producers of Blood River Crossing used camera drones that could fly, float, and drive.Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Breathtakingly Beautiful Town of Carmel, Californiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/clint-eastwood-carmel-california/Carmel, California, is home to thriving marine population and breathtakingly gorgeous coasts. No wonder the actor wanted to run it.Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Strikingly Unusual Clingstone Mansionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/strikingly-unusual-clingstone-mansion/J.S. Lovering Wharton built this house on a rock off the coast of Rhode Island because, as legend has it, he wanted a place where no one could bother him.Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000Love at First Sight for Two Red Pandashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/at-the-smithsonian/love-at-first-site-for-two-red-pandas/Tate and Sharma, two red pandas at the National Zoo, began breeding seconds after being introducedTue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000How the 3-D Printer Is Shaking Up the Medical Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/can-3d-printing-save-lives/The applications of 3-D printing are nearly endless—but it's in the medical world where they're making a huge difference. The story of this 12-year-old boy from South Sudan shows us how.Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000These Dancing Flamingos Know How to Draw Attentionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/these-dancing-flamingos-know-how-to-draw-att/Flamingos aren't called flamboyant for nothing. When these elegant avians are ready to mate, they engage in a coordinated series of movements that is simply mesmerizing to behold.Mon, 25 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000Why Yellowstone Can be a Magnet for Deadly Misadventureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/why-yellowstone-can-be-a-magnet-for-deadly-m/Every year, people are injured or killed at Yellowstone with distressing regularity: from the two women who tried to take a selfie with an elk, to victims of bear attacks, to people falling into the thermal pools.Mon, 25 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000How the 'Green Book' Helped Black Motorists Travel Safelyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-green-book-helped-black-motorists/In 1936, a Harlem postal worker named Victor Green published a book that would go on to become a vital companion for African-American motorists: the "Green Book."Mon, 25 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Road to Curing Cancer is Leading Us to Naked Mole Ratshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-road-to-curing-cancer-is-leading-us-to-n/Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in humans. Naked mole rats on the other hand almost never get cancer, and when they do, they almost always survive. But how?Mon, 25 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000These Swimming Pigs Live a Cushy Lifestyle in the Bahamashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/these-swimming-pigs-live-a-cushy-lifestyle-i/Bahama feral pigs were once domestic pigs let loose by local farms. Through cunning and resourcefulness, they've continued to thrive in the wild - and fuel Bahaman tourism along the way.Mon, 25 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000How Octavian Successfully Rebranded Himselfhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-octavian-successfully-rebranded-himself/When Octavian emerged as the sole ruler of Rome, he immediately began a sophisticated PR campaign to clean up his image. He ditched the military regalia and presented himself as a man of peace.Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000Two Gelada Brothers Viciously Fight for Breeding Rightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/two-gelada-brothers-viciously-fight-for-bree/In a battle for herd supremacy, a brutal battle is about to break out. The current king gelada is experienced and battle-hardened, but his brother is younger and hungrier—who will come out on top?Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000How Octavian Succeeded in Discrediting Mark Antonyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-octavian-succeeded-in-discrediting-mark/Standing in the Roman senate, Octavian read out the shocking details of Mark Antony's will. It was a devastating revelation that immediately gave the young schemer a major advantage over his soon-to-be disgraced rival.Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000How the Battle of Fair Oaks Broke the Confederate Advancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/battle-of-fair-oaks/In May of 1861, at the Battle of Fair Oaks, the men of the Irish Brigade gave their all to save the Union Army from disaster.Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Long Conversation 2018: Danny Hillis Interviews Liz Cottrellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/danny_hillis_liz_cottrell/The inventor talks with the Smithsonian geologist about the resiliency of life on EarthFri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000An Adorable Birthday Party for a Baby Elephanthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/at-the-smithsonian/birthday-party-for-baby-elephant/Celebrate Kandula the Asian Elephant's 5th Birthday at Smithsonian's National Zoo.Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Lizard's Tale 101: Meet the Anoleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/the-lizards-tale-101-meet-the-anoles/Anoles are small lizards with an abundance of charm. There are over 400 species of anoles, scattered all over the American and Caribbean tropics: from remote rainforests in the Bahamas, to busy cities on the mainland. In recent years, anoles have come to be viewed as a great model organism for understanding key evolutionary principles. They’ve helped scientists tackle many of the big questions in biology: from the links between ecology and evolution, to the effects of physiology and behaviour. The results are nothing short of eye-opening.Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Staggering Price Tag of NYC's Rockefeller Centerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-staggering-price-tag-of-nycs-rockefelle/From Radio City Music Hall to '30 Rock,' Rockefeller Center was a construction project befitting of the city's ambition. But its build was an epic affair—and came with an eye-watering price tag.Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000How Prohibition Led to the Revival of the Ku Klux Klanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-prohibition-led-to-the-revival-of-the-ku/The strict laws of Prohibition were selectively enforced, and the brunt of their legal impact fell on minority and working-class groups while vigilante groups used "Prohibition enforcement" as cover. In this way, Prohibition helped fuel the re-emergence of one of the most notorious hate groups of all time: the KKK.Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Long Conversation 2018: Liz Cottrell Interviews Carla Haydenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-long-conversation-2018-liz-cottrell-int/The Smithsonian geologist talks with the Librarian of Congress about how young people’s growing interest in civics will lead to an informed citizenryFri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Long Conversation 2018: Mercedes Lopez-Morales Interviews Bei Yanghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/at-the-smithsonian/the-long-conversation-2018-mercedes-lopez-m/The Smithsonian astrophysicist talks with the Disney imagineer about leveraging technology as a tool to help us understand each otherFri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0000