Smoky Signal

By National Park Service

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Smoky Signal is a show about the science behind Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In season one, we explore three stories on the theme of Collections. We learn about renewing traditional plant gathering practices in the park, a natural history museum with thousands of specimens, and even the collection of something pretty stinky (in the name of science, of course). What can we learn about the Smokies—and ourselves—through these acts of collection?

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#1: Collections | Gathering Sochan
Alix explores how citizens of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians are renewing connections to their traditional homelands in the park, with the help of a certain plant species.

Featuring: Tommy Cabe and Joshua Albritton.

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Mar 02, 2022
#2: Collections | Mysteries of the Museum
From hellbenders to Smoky madtoms to rusty patched bumble bees, Antoine explores the natural history collections of the Smokies. Where do these collections come from? What can we learn from them? And how can studying decades-old specimens inform how we manage the park?

Featuring: Baird Todd, Mike Aday, Arthur Stupka (archival), Paul Super, Becky Nichols, and Janie Bitner.

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Mar 02, 2022