Cars, Stars, and Rock ’n’ Roll

Season 4
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Secretary Bunch illustration.

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III is no administrative assistant. He’s the head of the largest museum, education, and research complex in the world. He’s also the first historian to lead the Smithsonian. In our season finale, we talk with Secretary Bunch about two stories of people overcoming tremendous obstacles to make a change and explore what the past can teach us about today…and tomorrow.


From the Collections

glass plate with astronomy

Glass Plate

What, at first glance, may look like scribble and dust marks, are the precise mathematical measurements and analysis by women "computers" on glass plate photos of stars and planets. (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, Glass Plate Collection)

A red Cadillac Eldorado, model year 1973, owned and driven by Chuck Berry.

Chuck Berry's Cadillac Eldorado

The Cadillac is on display in Musical Crossroads at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It helps tell the story of the origins of rock and roll.


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