NOVA | Bigger than T. Rex
The T. Rex is perhaps the best known dinosaur, but almost a century ago, there were tantalizing clues of a monster even bigger — the Spinosaurus. Clues to its existence were destroyed during World War II, but a new set of bones found in Morocco could lead to exciting re-discoveries.
Genius by Stephen Hawking | What Are We?
Three ordinary people take on challenges to try to understand what they really are. In this episode, the volunteers are led to an amazing realization about the nature of life itself.
The Great American Read | Other Worlds
Many novels on America’s list of 100 favorites take us to other worlds. From fantasy to science fiction, historical fiction to stories of spiritual realms, what do these books tell us about our own world? How do these novels help us think about real-life and present-day issues.
At-Home Learning Tips
Reflect About Family Memories
Take a walk down memory lane. Many children may miss their extended family members during this time of social distancing. Spend some time looking at family photos and take the opportunity to relive special moments like birthdays or family vacations. Read more tips on how to reflect on today’s situation here.
Tour Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History
Museums are closed, yes, but the discoveries can keep coming. The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow you to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Get a chance to see some past exhibits as well.
Lowriders, Aliens and Cultural Hybridity
Artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres creates fantastic alternate worlds informed by his upbringing in both Mexico and U.S.
Octavia E. Butler’s Legacy
Science fiction novelist, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, and Los Angeles-native Octavia E. Butler is an enduring force in literature and beyond. Even in her absence, her work not simply growing in esteem but taking on new coloring and resonance with each passing year. Discover her legacies in the different communities she participated in —African American, science fictional, Afrofuturist, feminist, womanist.