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Reel America - "The Flight of Apollo 11"
This 1969 NASA documentary detailed the first NASA mission to land two men on the moon.
July 20, 2014 : 28 min. 50 sec.

CLIP: Freedom Summer and Mississippi Civil Rights
Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the Mississippi Humanities Council, talked about “Freedom Summer” and the movement to promote voter registration and civil rights in Mississippi in the 1960s. He explained why segregation was so intertwined in Mississippi’s culture and why civil rights efforts were so important in the state.
July 13, 2014 : 11 min. 30 sec.

1964 Mississippi Summer Project
Participants in the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project, a coordinated voter registration effort between Southern civil rights organizations, talked about their experiences.
June 28, 2014 : 1 hr. 33 min.

Civil Rights Act of 1964
Senate Historian Donald Ritchie talked about the debate and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with former congressional correspondents Roger Mudd and Andy Glass.
June 25, 2014 : 1 hr. 2 min.

The Role of Congress in International Crises
A panel discussion on the role of the legislative branch when dealing with an international crisis, including congressional authorization for taking military action.
June 22, 2014 : 1 hr. 33 min.

Star-Spangled Banner
A look at the Smithsonian's exhibit on the Star-Spangled Banner, 200 years after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry and the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's words.
June 15, 2014 : 29 min. 36 sec.

Guantanamo Bay Prison and Detainees
Miami Herald correspondent Carol Rosenberg talked about statistics and the status of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
June 8, 2014 : 39 min. 39 sec.

Japanese American Archives
Curator Lorraine Crouse talked about the Japanese American history in Salt Lake City, including Utah's World War II Japanese relocation camp.
June 7, 2014 : 11 min. 30 sec.

D-Day 70th Anniversary Ceremony
President Obama and President Hollande spoke at the 70th Anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
June 6, 2014 : 1 hr. 49 min.

Central Intelligence Agency Museum
CIA Museum curator Toni Hiley discusses the museum’s collection and explains its mission of preserving and presenting the agency’s history.
May 31, 2014 : 26 min. 35 sec.
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