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For Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Laying Eggs is Grueling Work
For Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Laying Eggs is Grueling Work

The shores of Oaxaca, Mexico, are the maternity ward for Olive Ridley sea turtles. Over the period of a few weeks, four million females will arrive here to lay their eggs in the sand. From the Show: ...

Published: 08/03/2020
The B-17 Bomber Changed the Face of Aerial Warfare
The B-17 Bomber Changed the Face of Aerial Warfare

After the carnage of WWI, the U.S. Army Air Corps saw the need for a new type of plane with the range, altitude and speed to effectively bomb its targets. Boeing soon obliged with the powerful B-17. ...

Published: 08/02/2020
Caretakers Put Baby Orangutans to the Test
Caretakers Put Baby Orangutans to the Test

A group of baby orangutans are intrigued by an exotic fruit brought in by their caretakers. They proceed to investigate the best way to peel it open. From the Series: Orangutan Jungle School Second C...

Published: 08/01/2020
Conversations in Context: Music
Conversations in Context: Music

From Lead Belly to Kendrick Lamar, Black musicians have long used song to share stories of struggle and triumph. Join MTV News host Dometi Pongo and Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III as...

Published: 08/01/2020
Eyewitnesses Report a Fire in One of Flight 101's Engines
Eyewitnesses Report a Fire in One of Flight 101's Engines

NTSB investigators scramble to interview eyewitnesses to the August 7, 1997 crash of Fine Air Flight 101. Two people confirm that flames were coming from one of the engines, just before the crash. Fr...

Published: 07/31/2020
Carbon Dating May Solve This Medieval Murder Mystery
Carbon Dating May Solve This Medieval Murder Mystery

Figuring out the age of the mutilated remains found in the village of Wharram Percy would be stage one in solving the mystery. And archaeologists have a tool that can help them do just that: carbon da...

Published: 07/30/2020
This Oddly-Shaped Transport Plane Has the Perfect Nickname
This Oddly-Shaped Transport Plane Has the Perfect Nickname

One look at this aircraft and it’s easy to see how it earned its nickname: the pregnant guppy. But there’s a method to its mad design – it was the only plane with the capacity to carry a NASA rocket. ...

Published: 07/29/2020
Conversations in Context: Marches
Conversations in Context: Marches

On July 28, 1917, about 10,000 Black men, women, and children marched silently down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue in one of the very first civil rights protests. Learn how, through marching for freedom and...

Published: 07/28/2020
The Amazing Benefits That Hershey Workers Enjoyed
The Amazing Benefits That Hershey Workers Enjoyed

Milton S. Hershey believed that if you took care of your people, they took care of you. So he built his workforce their own schools, churches, parks, and hospitals. From the Series: America in Color:...

Published: 07/27/2020
Why Did the Fiercest Tribe in Scotland Vanish?
Why Did the Fiercest Tribe in Scotland Vanish?

Around 2,000 years ago, the Picts were one of the toughest tribes in the northern regions of Britain. Eight hundred years later, they had vanished, leaving almost no trace. From the Series: Mystic Br...

Published: 07/26/2020
Conversations in Context: Movements
Conversations in Context: Movements

On July 25, 1960, the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, was desegregated after six months of sit-in protests. Learn more about this key moment in Black history, and how it intersects with s...

Published: 07/25/2020
Trailer: Conversations in Context
Trailer: Conversations in Context

What lessons can today’s social movements learn from the past? Tune in to Conversations in Context, a five-part interview with Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III and MTV News host Dometi...

Published: 07/24/2020
Big-Game Fishing Is Drawing Sharks Closer to Shore
Big-Game Fishing Is Drawing Sharks Closer to Shore

For years, the sharks of Ascension Island stayed away from its coast. But the popularity of big-game fishing has lured them close to shore, where giant, protein-packed rewards abound. From the Show: ...

Published: 07/24/2020
These Mesmerizing Carvings Tell a Mysterious Tribe's Story
These Mesmerizing Carvings Tell a Mysterious Tribe's Story

Clues into the disappearance of the ancient Picts lie in the tiny Scottish village of Aberlemno: 1,700-year-old Pictish stones, marked with some very unusual carvings. From the Series: Mystic Britain...

Published: 07/23/2020
Obama's Powerful Tribute to a Defining Civil Rights Moment
Obama's Powerful Tribute to a Defining Civil Rights Moment

In 2015, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, the nation's first African American president paid tribute to a defining event in civil rights history. From the Show: The Obam...

Published: 07/21/2020
What Caused These Unusual Shark Attacks?
What Caused These Unusual Shark Attacks?

Ascension Island has always lured the Atlantic’s apex predators: from hammerheads to the odd great white. But now, these sharks are being drawn closer to shore, with terrifying results. From the Show...

Published: 07/21/2020
This Japanese Fighter Plane Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
This Japanese Fighter Plane Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor

For years, the sharks of Ascension Island stayed away from its coast. But the popularity of big-game fishing has lured them close to shore, where giant, protein-packed rewards abound. From the Series...

Published: 07/21/2020
This U.S. Spy Satellite Was a Cold War Game Changer
This U.S. Spy Satellite Was a Cold War Game Changer

In 1963, the CIA debuted the Gambit: an aerial reconnaissance satellite system capable of delivering high-resolution images of ground-based Soviet military targets. From the Series: Atomic Age Declas...

Published: 07/20/2020
Few Have Ever Seen This Monkey in the Wild
Few Have Ever Seen This Monkey in the Wild

The Bioko black colobus monkey is a species so rare, few have ever been spotted in the wild. In addition, these critically-endangered primates cannot be bred in captivity. From the Series: Monkeys of...

Published: 07/19/2020
Churchill's Love of the Military Began at an Early Age
Churchill's Love of the Military Began at an Early Age

A young Winston Churchill’s passion for the military leads him to Sandhurst Academy, where he finally passes the entrance exam. The military training he receives there will serve him well in the futur...

Published: 07/18/2020
Vivid Footage of One of the Rarest Primates in the World
Vivid Footage of One of the Rarest Primates in the World

Roughly 20 miles off the coast of West Africa, the island of Bioko sits alone in the Atlantic Ocean. This rainforest-dominated terrain is home to one of the rarest primates in the world: the drill. F...

Published: 07/17/2020
Thomas Edison's Stunning Footage of the Klondike Gold Rush
Thomas Edison's Stunning Footage of the Klondike Gold Rush

In 1896, Thomas Edison set off to a remote Canadian district near the Alaska border, with cameras in tow. He succeeded in capturing fascinating images of the prospectors brought in by the Gold Rush. ...

Published: 07/16/2020
Watching an Aye-Aye Hunt at Night Is Somewhat Spooky
Watching an Aye-Aye Hunt at Night Is Somewhat Spooky

Aye-ayes are eerie-looking: With large, saucer eyes, a thin, sinister-looking finger, and a haunting cry, it’s no wonder that in Madagascar they are widely believed to be a harbinger of evil. From th...

Published: 07/15/2020
Were TAROM Flight 371 Pilots Fit to Fly?
Were TAROM Flight 371 Pilots Fit to Fly?

The focus of the investigation into the crash of TAROM 371 on March 31, 1995 turns to the soundness of the pilots – everything from their experience level, to their medical and mental well-being is ex...

Published: 07/14/2020
Baby Tenrecs Feast on a Buffet of Worms After a Storm
Baby Tenrecs Feast on a Buffet of Worms After a Storm

Resembling a combination of a shrew and a hedgehog, tenrecs are native mammals to Madagascar, where 30 different species of them can be found. Here, a group baby tenrecs chow down on worms after a rai...

Published: 07/13/2020
The Firepower on the USS Howard Is Absolutely Frightening
The Firepower on the USS Howard Is Absolutely Frightening

On destroyers, such as the USS Howard, the firepower on show is astounding. One pair of rotating cannons, known as CIWS, can fire 20mm shells at a rate of 4,500 rounds a minute. From the Series: Comb...

Published: 07/12/2020
African Rock Python Lays Massive Clutch of Eggs
African Rock Python Lays Massive Clutch of Eggs

The rock python is one of the few snakes that actually care for their eggs. For over 90 days after they’re laid, the mom will stand guard over them and warm them with her body. From the Show: Queen o...

Published: 07/11/2020
The Many Scenic Delights of Britain's Lake District
The Many Scenic Delights of Britain's Lake District

The Lake District National Park is an enchanting landscape that leaves an indelible print in the mind of visitors. It's packed with rolling hills, serene woodlands as well as Britain's deepest lake: W...

Published: 07/10/2020
The HMS Gannet's History of Anti-Slavery Missions
The HMS Gannet's History of Anti-Slavery Missions

The HMS Gannet was a small cruiser that played a large role in enforcing the interests of the British Empire. That meant patrolling the coasts of Africa to stop the slave trade, which was prohibited i...

Published: 07/09/2020
There's a Limit to the Comfort Level of NASA Space Suits
There's a Limit to the Comfort Level of NASA Space Suits

The space suits used by the astronauts on Gemini 7, known as grasshopper suits, were designed for comfort. But after two weeks inside them, that was the last thing on the crew’s minds. From the Serie...

Published: 07/08/2020
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