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Theodore R. Davis' painting of a D.C. patent office is part of the Great American Hall of Wonders.
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Theodore R. Davis' painting of a D.C. patent office is part of the Great American Hall of Wonders.

(Jul. 15-Jan. 8) Hall of Wonders

The Smithsonian American Art Museum opens The Great American Hall of Wonders today. The exhibition celebrates innovation in 19th century America with successful and long forgotten experiments. 160 objects - including paintings, sculptures, patent models and engineering diagrams - are on display until early 2012.

(July 16-2012) Iranian treasures

The Mall’s Sackler Gallery shows off some Ancient Iranian Ceramics beginning tomorrow. The small installation features the distinctive style of pottery that originated south of the Caspian Sea some 3,000 years ago.

(July 17-31) August to June

Documentary filmmakers followed third and fourth graders around a California public school for a year and the result is August to June, screening at the region’s Busboys and Poets locations on Sundays through the end of July. The filmmakers will be on hand to discuss what a meaningful education entails in an era of test-driven trends in public schools.

(July 17) Big band, hot jazz

The region’s SingCo Rhythm Orchestra brings the hot jazz of the ‘20s and ‘30s to Rockville Elks Sunday afternoon. The twelve-piece big band throws in some traditional blues and a few originals, too.

Music: “Lyin’ to Myself” by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

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Black Leadership In The Age Of Obama: A Look Back

PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill joins All Things Considered from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, to discuss her 2009 book The Breakthrough. Ifill is re-examining the book's conclusions about black political leadership as President Obama prepares to leave office.
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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.
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On A Night Capped By Obama, Democrats Aim To Stress National Security

On the third night of the Democratic National Convention, party officials are rolling out some of their heaviest hitters — including headliner President Obama.
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Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim's Phone

Michigan State University engineers tried 3-D-printed fingertips and special conductive replicas of the victim's fingerprints to crack the biometric lock on his Samsung Galaxy phone.

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