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Stories from the Vaults

(2)8.620092 SeasonsSubtitles and Closed Captions

Ever wonder what's hiding behind the scenes of America's most renowned museum complex? Find out as host Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") takes you on an entertaining insider's tour of the private rooms, high-tech vaults, and cutting edge labs of the Smithsonian Institution, revealing some of the amazing artifacts and rarely seen treasures that visitors can't see. Follow along as Tom uncovers the history of each object-its origins, how it's being preserved and studied, and what it might tell us.

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1. Let's Eat!

Tom explores man's sincerest love of all...the love of food. First, he tries his hand at cooking Native American dishes with the executive chef of Mitsitam Café. He then visits the National Museum of American History to learn the origins of the American coffee break. Finally, he stops by the National Museum of Dentistry, where he learns how the food we adore has a less than loving relationship with our teeth.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: July 13, 2009
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2. Top Secret

Tom unlocks some of the Smithsonian's most compelling mysteries. Can an artist outsmart the world's top spies? How does a missile filled with mail make a political statement to the world? These questions, and many more, will be answered.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: July 20, 2009
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3. Nature's Vault

Tom goes natural at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Follow him as he tracks sloths, searches the Panama Canal for clues to the creation of the Panamanian Isthmus, and rises sixteen stories in a construction crane to research bug life atop the rainforest.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: July 27, 2009
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4. Crystal Ball

Tom taps into the Smithsonian's vaults and labs to gaze into the future...as we envisioned it in the 1930s and as we look forward today. First Tom visits the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum to examine designers' visions of tomorrow via the 1939 World's Fair collection. Then he heads to Panama to talk to scientists helping to preserve the future of the tropical rainforest.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: August 3, 2009
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5. Going, Going, Gone

Tom joins the Smithsonian on a mission of "extreme conservation," to protect the best aspects of our world for future generations. See the amazing amount of work that goes into saving animals from the brink of extinction, preserving a provocative work of art or reviving a genre of music.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: August 10, 2009
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6. Sex 101

Join Tom as he goes behind the scenes and under the covers of the Smithsonian to find evidence of romance and yes, sex, within the Institute's family-friendly confines. The topic may not be featured in major museum exhibitions, but the vaults and labs here feature fascinating stories about "the birds and the bees."

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: August 16, 2009
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7. Villains and Rogues

Tom takes on the bad guys, and digs up some pretty incriminating evidence from the Smithsonian vaults. Tom's investigation unearths photographic evidence from the Crime of the Century, new details on America's first "Lone Gunman:" John Wilkes Booth, and creepy facts about everyone's favorite natural villain, the snake.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: August 24, 2009
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Genres Special Interest
Season year 2009
Network Smithsonian Channel
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