Program 211a: Spirit Of America: Smithsonian DC; America From the Air; Butterflies of Grand Canyon

Release Date: 06-30-2012


Guides from the Museum of American History prepare us for a patriotic pilgrimage to the historical attractions along the National Mall. Next, a novelist reveals how the overwhelming beauty of the Grand Canyon inspires her writing. Also, a geologist explains what you're really looking at from a window seat view on your next domestic flight.


  • Melinda Machado, public affairs director for the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC
  • Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator and political history director at the National Museum of American History
  • Geologist James Jackson, instructor at Portland State University, and co-author of "America From the Air" (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Margaret Erhart, Grand Canyon guide and novelist, author of "The Butterflies of Grand Canyon" (Plume)