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Smithsonian Seeks to Balance Expansion, Identity

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Smithsonian Seeks to Balance Expansion, Identity

Smithsonian Seeks to Balance Expansion, Identity

Smithsonian Seeks to Balance Expansion, Identity

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The nation's museum complex is expanding: The Museum of the American Indian is set to open this fall; a new Air & Space wing has just opened; and a new African-American Museum has been approved by Congress. At the same time, the Smithsonian faces questions about its mission and its curatorial direction. The National Zoo is under fire for poor management and its director has resigned; the Institution's director has been criticized for his plan to close one of the zoo's most-acclaimed research facilities, for his personal collection, and for his fundraising decisions. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.