National Zoo in Washington D.C. entrance
Interactive Course Guides

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

February 22, 2019

Trace the history and mission of the National Zoo, a Smithsonian Institution now housing 300 animal species. Learn about the Zoo’s remarkable exhibits of zoological rarities, from the clouded leopard to the giant panda. Take note of the zoo’s approach to recreating natural habitats, and the institution’s deep involvement with animal research and conservation of endangered species. […]

High class restaurant in Washington D.C.
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Dining Out in Washington, D.C.

February 22, 2019

Washington, D.C. offers an astonishing wealth of dining experiences, from historic to contemporary. First discover two of D.C.’s long-standing food traditions: seafood and soul food. Visit treasured historic restaurants around the city, and delve into the city’s world cuisine, from Ethiopian and Mediterranean to global fusion. Also take note of food festivals that take place in D.C. throughout the year. […]

National Harbor in Maryland, ferris wheel at night with lights
Interactive Course Guides

Washington’s New Waterfront

February 22, 2019

Investigate the history of D.C.’s riverfronts on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and the outstanding revitalization programs now underway. Stop at Kingman and Heritage Island Park, and Anacostia Park, featuring trails, boat tours, and wildlife watching. Then visit National Harbor, District Wharf, and the Georgetown waterfront, with their many dining, shopping, and cultural offerings. […]

Baseball stadium
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Washington for Sports Fans

February 22, 2019

Sports have a long-standing place in the history and culture of D.C. Track the backstory of baseball, football, and basketball teams in Washington, and learn where to watch and play these highly popular sports now. Delve also into D.C.’s hockey and soccer scene, and the abundance of “imported” sports in the capital, from rugby and cricket to Irish hurling and Gaelic football. […]

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Exploring Washington’s Great Outdoors

February 22, 2019

DC contains an array of beautiful, green spaces, offering an alternative to the urban landscape. Among many, discover the story and the amenities of historic Rock Creek Park, and the riverfront walks and outdoor activities along the Potomac Heritage Trail. On the Anacostia River, visit Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, with its plethora of wildlife, and the botanical riches of the National Arboretum. […]

National Archives building in Washington D.C.
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The National Archives and the Future of D.C.

February 22, 2019

Learn about the treasures within the National Archives, including original copies of America’s founding documents, historic murals, and the poignant Records of Rights exhibit. Revisit the history of D.C., and consider city plans that were never realized, “disappeared” Washington, and proposals for the city’s future. Conclude with thoughts on the dynamic, changing environment of D.C.
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Music History Monday: Francis Poulenc: a votre santé!

January 7, 2019

His engaging thematic surfaces, relatively angst-free expressive content, his humor and often-cheeky Gallic insouciance, and his adherence to tonal centricity together create a body of music that I actually enjoy listening to, for the sheer pleasure it provides. […]

Photograph of composer Arnold Shoenberg, composer of Pierrot Lunaire
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Pierrot Lunaire

October 16, 2017

In terms of its impact on the concert music of the twentieth century, Pierrot Lunaire stands second only to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, which Stravinsky completed six months after Schoenberg finished Pierrot. 1912 was, truly, an “annus mirabilis” – a “miraculous year” – for Western concert music. […]

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Health And Fitness

Can Vitamin D Supplements Help Prevent Colds?

October 3, 2017

We know that vitamin D, separate from its role in calcium metabolism, has an important part to play in our immune response to infections. It supports the production of built-in antiviral and antibacterial peptides, and helps immune cells make germ-destroying oxygen and nitrogen compounds. Population studies that have shown an increased susceptibility to colds among people who are immune deficient. […]

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