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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.
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."
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.
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.
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- Premiered: September 3, 2007
- Rating: TV-G
- Premise: A tour of Smithsonian artifacts that are stored in vaults and private rooms. (more)