ICYMI: Highlights from the week of September 27 – October 1, 2021

This is a sampling of approximately 2,600 media clips covering the Smithsonian this week.

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Art and Design

A lot of museums reopened this year. But I was waiting for the Hirshhorn. Here’s why.
The Washington Post – September 29, 2021

History, Culture, and Education

In D.C., 695,000 Flags—and Counting—Memorialize the Americans Who Have Died of Covid-19
Smithsonian Magazine – September 30, 2021

Covid-19 memorial in D.C. gives Americans a place to reconcile their loss
The Washington Post – September 29, 2021

When Black History Is Unearthed, Who Gets to Speak for the Dead?
The New Yorker – September 24, 2021

Smithsonian’s African American History Museum Debuts New Exhibit
NBC Washington – September 24, 2021

Angola’s President João Lourenço Had A ‘Profoundly Emotional’ Visit to NMAAHC
Essence – September 24, 2021

Science and Technology

National Zoo cats ‘improving’ after COVID-19 diagnosis
WTOP-FM – October 1, 2021

Sweat bees can find their way home in the pitch dark
The Washington Post – September 28, 2021

For Panama’s Fall Whale-Watching Season, Scientists Offer Tips for Safeguarding These Magnificent Creatures of the Deep
Smithsonian Magazine – September 28, 2021

Think you don’t need to keep wearing that mask? These lions and tigers beg to differ.
The Washington Post – September 27, 2021

COVID-Sick Zoo Lions Fed ‘Tempting’ Baby Food, Chicken Broth To Amp Up Appetites
HuffPost – September 25, 2021

Secretary Bunch

Secretary Lonnie Bunch on What It Takes to Lead the Smithsonian
Smithsonian Magazine – September 29, 2021

Government Shutdown

FAQ: What you need to know about a possible 2021 government shutdown
WTOP-FM – September 29, 2021

Your Questions Answered on U.S. Government Shutdown
The Washington Post – September 28, 2021

Posted: 1 October 2021
About the Author:

Madeleine “Maddie” Weyand-Geise recently joined OPA as the public affairs assistant, though she’s yet to step foot into the Castle as an employee. After starting work mid-pandemic, Maddie can’t wait for coworkers other than her aloe plant. Maddie comes to OPA with a background working in communications for local arts organizations and higher education. With degrees in art history and public relations, Maddie sees the Smithsonian as the perfect workplace to combine her passions for art, public access and education.

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