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Playlist: Super Smithsonian

Compiled By: Kim Sajet

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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:

The Feather Detective

From Smithsonian | Part of the Sidedoor series | 27:16

Side_door_logo_640x640_small In 1960, investigators found dark bits of feather stuck inside a crashed airplane's engines. They needed someone to figure out what bird they belonged to—and how that bird took down a 110,000-pound plane. Enter Roxie Laybourne, a Smithsonian bird expert who not only answered that question, but also invented the science of using feathers to solve bird-related mysteries. This time on Sidedoor, we revisit some of Roxie's greatest cases and learn how she and her team helped keep the friendly skies friendly for both birds and people.

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).