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Bear Mother Protects Her Cubs from an Attack 🐻 Wild Castles | Smithsonian Channel
Bear Mother Protects Her Cubs from an Attack 🐻 Wild Castles | Smithsonian Channel

A male brown bear has set his sights on a group of bear cubs, who appear to be unguarded. Just as he’s about to attack, their mother makes a dramatic intervention. #WildCastles #SmithsonianChannel F...

Published: 10/27/2020
Why Pyramids Were Effective Advertisements for Tomb Robbers | Smithsonian Channel
Why Pyramids Were Effective Advertisements for Tomb Robbers | Smithsonian Channel

Pyramids were supposed to be royal burial sites, crammed with unimaginable treasures. And yet they were built to be as conspicuous as possible, attracting the attention of grave robbers. #Secrets #Gr...

Published: 10/26/2020
Orangutans Love Their New Treat: Rubber Tree Sap 🤤 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian Channel
Orangutans Love Their New Treat: Rubber Tree Sap 🤤 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian Channel

The minders at the Orangutan Jungle School are teaching their pupils a new and delicious lesson: how to extract the gooey goodness of a rubber tree. It’s a nutritious snack for orangutans in the wild....

Published: 10/25/2020
Are the Rollright Stones Actually Ancient Energy Fields? 🔮 Mystic Britain | Smithsonian Channel
Are the Rollright Stones Actually Ancient Energy Fields? 🔮 Mystic Britain | Smithsonian Channel

Many people think ancient neolithic structures, such as the Rollright Stones of Warwickshire, were built on ancient energy fields. Some even claim they are able to tap into this energy. #MysticBritai...

Published: 10/24/2020
King Tut's Shocking Origins + Other Amazing Secrets of Ancient Egypt 😱 Smithsonian Channel
King Tut's Shocking Origins + Other Amazing Secrets of Ancient Egypt 😱 Smithsonian Channel

From secrets discovered in King Tut’s tomb to suspicions of fake busts, these are some of the most mind-blowing ancient Egyptian discoveries made. 0:00 Intro to Amazing Secrets of Ancient Egypt 00:2...

Published: 10/23/2020
The Secret to a Wild Dog Pack’s Devastating Kill Ratio 🐕 Tales From Zambia | Smithsonian Channel
The Secret to a Wild Dog Pack’s Devastating Kill Ratio 🐕 Tales From Zambia | Smithsonian Channel

Wild dog packs may be the most effective hunters in the Luangwa Valley. Their secret is stamina, persistence, and teamwork. #TalesFromZambia #SmithsonianChannel From Tales From Zambia: https://bit.l...

Published: 10/22/2020
A Lost Lion Cub Risks Everything to Find His Family 🦁 Big Cat Country | Smithsonian Channel
A Lost Lion Cub Risks Everything to Find His Family 🦁 Big Cat Country | Smithsonian Channel

A hungry lion cub, separated from his mother for the second day straight, takes a huge gamble by approaching a nearby lioness. If she’s not a member of his pride, he could be in huge trouble. #BigCat...

Published: 10/21/2020
These Russian Immigrants Filmed Their New Life in America in 1905 🎥 Smithsonian Channel
These Russian Immigrants Filmed Their New Life in America in 1905 🎥 Smithsonian Channel

In 1905, a Russian Jewish family, the Unobskeys, moved to the idyllic Maine countryside to find the American dream and escape poverty and persecution. Their home movies from that period show them picn...

Published: 10/20/2020
This Orangutan Friendship Will Melt Your Heart 🥰 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian Channel
This Orangutan Friendship Will Melt Your Heart 🥰 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian Channel

Shelton and Kopral are two orangutans with one thing in common: disabilities so serious, it’s unlikely they’ll ever be released. Naturally, they’ve become the best of friends. #OrangutanJungleSchool ...

Published: 10/19/2020
Constantine's Death Threatened to Split the Roman Empire ☠️ Rebirth of Rome | Smithsonian Channel
Constantine's Death Threatened to Split the Roman Empire ☠️ Rebirth of Rome | Smithsonian Channel

Constantine's death would drive a crack through the Roman Empire, splitting it into West and East. Over the next several hundred years, parts of it would even fall to foreign invaders. But a new capit...

Published: 10/18/2020
Chicago's Urban Coyotes Are Fascinating Scientists 🌇 The Life of Earth | Smithsonian Channel
Chicago's Urban Coyotes Are Fascinating Scientists 🌇 The Life of Earth | Smithsonian Channel

Humans are the dominant species on the planet – and sometimes, that puts a strain on other animals. But the way coyotes have adapted to urban living is giving scientists hope that co-existence is poss...

Published: 10/17/2020
A Cute Orangutan & Macaque Form a Unique Friendship 🙃 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian Channel
A Cute Orangutan & Macaque Form a Unique Friendship 🙃 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian Channel

An unusual friendship is brewing at Orangutan Jungle School between one of the orangutans and a young male macaque. Inter-species friendships are rare– but they’re more common here than in the wild. ...

Published: 10/16/2020
Even Nero's Own Mother Wasn't Spared His Cruelty 💔 Eight Days That Made Rome | Smithsonian Channel
Even Nero's Own Mother Wasn't Spared His Cruelty 💔 Eight Days That Made Rome | Smithsonian Channel

Nero owed a huge debt to his mother, Agrippina, for cleverly engineering his rise to become ruler of Rome. But Nero, known for his debauchery and violence, was not the type to show loyalty in return. ...

Published: 10/15/2020
Riots Erupt After 1927 Verdict Against Italian Immigrants ⚖️ America in Color | Smithsonian Channel
Riots Erupt After 1927 Verdict Against Italian Immigrants ⚖️ America in Color | Smithsonian Channel

On August 23, 1927, a federal judge sentenced two Italian immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, to the electric chair. The decision would spark protests and riots all over the world. #Ame...

Published: 10/14/2020
How Young Orangutans Are Taught to Fear Snakes 🐍 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian Channel
How Young Orangutans Are Taught to Fear Snakes 🐍 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian Channel

Today is a very important lesson at the Orangutan Jungle School: teaching young orangutans to fear snakes. It involves a prop, a fake treat, and a lot of acting skill by the human minders. #Orangutan...

Published: 10/13/2020
Controversial Religion Rejects Modern Medicine ⛪ Aerial America: Boston 24 | Smithsonian Channel
Controversial Religion Rejects Modern Medicine ⛪ Aerial America: Boston 24 | Smithsonian Channel

Boston has always been a city of unconventional thinkers. But even by those standards, Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, stands alone. Its adherents reject modern medicine, ...

Published: 10/12/2020
Lab Test: Which Gun Killed Pablo Escobar? 🤔The Curious Life and Death of... | Smithsonian Channel
Lab Test: Which Gun Killed Pablo Escobar? 🤔The Curious Life and Death of... | Smithsonian Channel

Pablo Escobar died in a hail of bullets–but tracing the killshot requires detailed forensic analysis, to match each bullet wound to the types of weapons used on that fateful night. #CuriousLifeandDea...

Published: 10/11/2020
Pablo Escobar’s Use of Carrier Pigeons Has a Fascinating History 🐦 Smithsonian Channel
Pablo Escobar’s Use of Carrier Pigeons Has a Fascinating History 🐦 Smithsonian Channel

Towards the end of his life, Pablo Escobar had stopped using phones, worrying they could be used to track him down. Instead, he relied on a mode of communication with a long history: carrier pigeons. ...

Published: 10/09/2020
How the 1918 Pandemic Hit Woodrow Wilson and His White House | Smithsonian Channel
How the 1918 Pandemic Hit Woodrow Wilson and His White House | Smithsonian Channel

In the spring of 1919, with the Spanish Flu having infected one third of the Earth’s population, sitting U.S. president Woodrow Wilson falls ill. At a time when the whole of civilization seemed to be ...

Published: 10/02/2020
Was Harry Houdini Poisoned by his Enemies? ☠️ The Curious Life and Death of... | Smithsonian Channel
Was Harry Houdini Poisoned by his Enemies? ☠️ The Curious Life and Death of... | Smithsonian Channel

In the summer of 1926, famous escapologist Harry Houdini began to suffer from mysterious stomach ailments. Was it food poisoning as he claimed, appendicitis, or something more sinister? From the Seri...

Published: 10/02/2020
10 Craziest Animal Fights in the Animal Kingdom 🐍 Lions, Hippos, Cobras! | Smithsonian Channel
10 Craziest Animal Fights in the Animal Kingdom 🐍 Lions, Hippos, Cobras! | Smithsonian Channel

These are the most popular (and fiercest) head-to-head animal battles, featuring lions vs. hippos, mongoose vs. cobra, and many more. Intro 0:00 Leopard vs. lion 0:26 Wart-biter vs. praying mantis 2:...

Published: 10/02/2020
This Dangerous Trick Wowed Houdini’s Fans 😲 The Curious Life and Death of... | Smithsonian Channel
This Dangerous Trick Wowed Houdini’s Fans 😲 The Curious Life and Death of... | Smithsonian Channel

The water torture cell escape was arguably Houdini’s most memorable stunt. So much so that many people wrongly assume it killed him–a myth invented by the 1953 movie about his life, starring Tony Curt...

Published: 10/02/2020
Business Practices: Writing in Roman Britain 📝 Eight Days That Made Rome | Smithsonian Channel
Business Practices: Writing in Roman Britain 📝 Eight Days That Made Rome | Smithsonian Channel

Writing tablets discovered in the heart of modern-day London reveal the rich commercial life of Britons under Roman rule. The stories they tell are of a thriving metropolis with a wealth of activity. ...

Published: 10/01/2020
Early Warning Signs of Henry VIII’s Instability 👑 Henry VIII and the King’s Men | Smithsonian
Early Warning Signs of Henry VIII’s Instability 👑 Henry VIII and the King’s Men | Smithsonian

The transformation of Henry VIII from gentle prince to brutal tyrant happened over the course of his 37-year reign as his mental health gradually declined. But glimpses of the man he would become coul...

Published: 09/16/2020
Young Orangutan's New Fashion Accessory Causes a Frenzy 👒 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian
Young Orangutan's New Fashion Accessory Causes a Frenzy 👒 Orangutan Jungle School | Smithsonian

Copying is one way orangutans learn new skills. So when a 5 year-old named Otan takes a papaya leaf and starts using it as a sun hat, it quickly becomes the jungle school’s must-have fashion accessory...

Published: 09/15/2020
The Man Who Introduced Henry VIII to Jousting 🏰 Henry VIII and the King’s Men | Smithsonian
The Man Who Introduced Henry VIII to Jousting 🏰 Henry VIII and the King’s Men | Smithsonian

Henry VIII grew up under the influence of his mother’s half-brother, Arthur Plantagenet. It was Arthur that introduced Henry to a sport that would become a lifelong passion: jousting. #TheUnexpectedK...

Published: 09/14/2020
Was Brian Jones’ Death a Senseless Tragedy or a Careful Cover-up? | The Curious Life and Death Of...
Was Brian Jones’ Death a Senseless Tragedy or a Careful Cover-up? | The Curious Life and Death Of...

To many, the sudden death of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was a lethal cocktail of sex, drugs and rock and roll. But a detailed examination of that fateful night reveals even more perplexing q...

Published: 09/13/2020
The Best Time for a Male Vervet to Join a Troop
The Best Time for a Male Vervet to Join a Troop

A new male has picked the wrong time to join a local troop of vervet monkeys. He’s hoping to be accepted within their ranks – but it’s up to the alpha to make the final call. From the Series: Tales F...

Published: 09/11/2020
The Curious Life and Death Of...: Lizzie Borden (Full Episode)
The Curious Life and Death Of...: Lizzie Borden (Full Episode)

Lizzie Broden is at the center of one of the most brutal murders in American history. She was charged and acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother...but was she guilty? If so, what was her mot...

Published: 09/10/2020
Hornets Build An Elaborate Nest Inside a Tree
Hornets Build An Elaborate Nest Inside a Tree

Hornets often build their nests inside hollow trees, putting together an intricate structure that can reach up to 20 inches in height. Despite the effort that goes into it, the colony will only live h...

Published: 09/10/2020
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