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American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show PrintWalking the Floor of an Authentic Letterpress Shop (8:06)
Get a sense of what it's like to work in a real letterpress, where computers are purely ornamental. The smell of fresh ink is about palpable as you listen to the sounds of working presses and local craftspeople.

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show PrintWhy Does Letterpress Matter in the Digital Age? (8:38)
A conversation with Hatch general manager and chief designer Jim Sherraden. Sherraden, with the letterpress since the 1980s, tells stories about the value of hand-craft in the digital age. Anecdotes about their famous clientele are also interesting.

 

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Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto ClementeThe Life (28:35)
Roberto Clemente became a baseball legend during the 1960s and '70s with his explosive throwing arm, his lightning speed, and his high batting average, but he was much more than an astounding athlete.

 

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Jim Henson's Fantastic World

Jim Henson's Fantastic WorldBehind-the-Scenes Tour (38:03)
Get a tour with the curator and hear about Kermit, Rowlf, and all of Jim's beloved characters as well as creative vision. Produced for the Louisiana Art and Science Museum by Acoustiguide Inc. with the assistance of The Jim Henson Legacy, through a generous grant from AT&T.

 

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Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers

Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking BarriersSports Legends with Bill Russell (9:25)
Narrated by basketball legend Bill Russell. Featured are those who made a difference both on and off the athletic fields, including Roberto Clemente, Mia Hamm, Gertrude Ederle, Babe Ruth, Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan, and many more.

 

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Suited for Space

Spacesuit conservationSpacesuit Conversation with the Pros (3:51)
Why is it so hard to conserve spacesuits? Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum spacesuit specialist Amanda Young (ret.) talks about why spacesuit materials "don't play nice."


How were the Suited for Space x-rays made?Making Suited for Space X-rays (3:20)
Not just your average picture, how were these enormous x-rays taken of the fragile spacesuits? Hear about Mark Avino and Roland Cunningham's (both of the National Air and Space Museum) meticulous process.

Urine collection deviceHow Do Astronauts Go to the Bathroom in Space? (4:28)
Exhibition co-curator Cathleen Lewis talks about a few of the more "intimate" objects in the traveling exhibition and just why they were necessary for early astronauts.

 

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The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories

The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and MemoriesWhat's it Like to Work at The White House? (13:10)
From William H. Taft to George W. Bush: Narratives by White House ushers, chefs, and butlers, and more. Also includes archival images and accounts of the lives of 19th-century servants who were cooks, laundresses, footmen, and body servants.

Bonus Interviews with More White House Workers
Henry Haller, executive chef (8:45)
Nancy Mitchell, usher (5:19)
Roland Mesnier, head pastry chef (9:01)
Gary Walters, chief usher (9:44)

 

 

SITES videos

Beyond: The Life of Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente A Look at a Legend (5:35)
A stirring look at the ballplayer who changed the game in the 1960s and '70s. Examine the life of this legend from the beginning and see how he became a cultural hero to millions of people around the world.

 

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What's Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones

Unless otherwise noted, images courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
Looney Tunes characters, names, and all related indicia are © Warner Bros., Inc. 2013 © CJE

"Zoom and Bored," 1957
Warner Bros. Pictures
Clips appear in the traveling exhibition video

"One Froggy Evening," 1955
Warner Bros. Pictures
Clips appear in the traveling exhibition video

"What's Opera, Doc?", 1955
Warner Bros. Pictures
Clips appear in the traveling exhibition video

"Rabbit Season," 1952
Warner Bros. Pictures
Clips appear in the traveling exhibition video

"Duck Amuck," 1953
Warner Bros. Pictures, The Vitaphone Corporation
Clips appear in the traveling exhibition video

 

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Chef's Challenge video graphicChef's Challenge (5:04)
A play on the popular Japanese television program "Iron Chef," this video pairs Wisconsin "soil chef" Pierre LaTerra with Sandy Marsh from the state of Washington. Watch the competition! Produced by Boston Productions.

Dig It! The Secrets of SoilDig It! The Secrets of Soil: Exhibition Tour (4:44)
Get a worm's-eye view as you get a glimpse of interactives and educational videos. Follow visitors as they explore the DIG IT gallery at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Also available on our YouTube Channel.

How Soil Savvy are You? video graphicHow Soil Savvy Are You? (4:18)
Learn about how erosion and other environmental changes to the earth's soil affects climate and the general well being of planet Earth. Produced by Boston Productions.


Soil Ingredients graphicSoil: The Secret Ingredient (2:43)
A thoughtful overview of how soils contribute to products and materials in everyday life. Produced by Boston Productions.

 

 

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Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis at 21 video The Train Ride Home (2:38)
Listen to exhibition co-curator Chris Murray talk about the series of Wertheimer photos of Elvis on the train as he comes home to Memphis in 1956.


Elvis at 21 The Real Elvis (2:45)
Who was the real Elvis back in 1956? Hear exhibition co-curator Chris Murray talk about Elvis before he hit it big. Elvis was "an extraordinary artist and gentleman."

 


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Suited for Space

Buzz Aldrin's famous bootprint on the MoonSpacesuits at the National Air and Space Museum (2:29)
Hear about the Smithsonian's famous collection of spacesuits from spacesuit specialist and exhibition curator Amanda Young (ret.)

 

Why are spacesuits so fragile? The Trouble with Spacesuits: Why are Spacesuits Fragile? (3:51)
Why is it so hard to conserve spacesuits? Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum spacesuit specialist Amanda Young (ret.) talks about why spacesuit materials "don't play nice."


The future of spacesuitsThe Future of the Spacesuit (3:03)
What will spacesuits of the future look and feel like? Hear from experts who reveal secrets of engineering.

 

 

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Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer

Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer Inside the Artist's Greenhouse (5:23)
Art can be made anywhere and with anything. Classic photographer Robert Creamer makes stunning botanical and organic art with his high-powered flatbed scanner. Unlike anything you've seen!


 

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The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories

The Working White: 200 Years of Traditions and Memories The Working White House (12:06)
What does it take to make the White House run smoothly? Hear from the people who work behind the scenes and have been a part of history. Fascinating accounts of the JFK's death, experiences with visiting dignitaries, and 9/11.

 



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