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Playlist: Super Smithsonian

Compiled By: Kim Sajet


The Smithsonian Institution was set up for the “increase & diffusion of knowledge.” That means we have cool stuff & smart people!

Sidedoor (Series)

Produced by Smithsonian

Most recent piece in this series:

Wild Orchid Mystery

From Smithsonian | Part of the Sidedoor series | 22:47

Side_door_logo_640x640_small You probably know orchids as the big, colorful flowers found in grocery stores and given as housewarming gifts. But those tropical beauties represent only a fraction of the estimated 25,000 orchid species worldwide. While their showy relatives fly off the shelves, North America’s more understated native orchids are disappearing in the wild. Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are working to protect these orchids and their habitats, but first they need solve a surprisingly difficult problem: how to grow one.

AirSpace Podcast (Series)

Produced by Air and Space Museum

Most recent piece in this series:

Ep. 20: When You Wish Upon A Star

From Air and Space Museum | Part of the AirSpace Podcast series | 14:15

1_puro_9pj4tgn_9sohyoxag_small You probably know that shooting stars aren’t really stars, but what ARE you seeing? Emily, Matt, and Nick give a download on why meteor showers occur, when’s the best time to watch, and what you’re looking at (spoiler: most meteors are A LOT smaller than you think).