Lesson Plan Wednesday! In celebration of Ella Jenkins’ upcoming birthday and album release, discover the commonalities shared in drum beats and rhythms across cultures, as well as learn about the rich diversity of drums on the planet with this week’s lesson plan featuring Ella’s album “Adventures in Rhythm.”

Smithsonian Folkways artist Quetzal perform “Cielito Lindo” and “Tragafuegos” at the Pete Seeger Tribute concert during the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The group’s enthusiasm is infectious while singing in support of children who “breathe fire in the streets for change.”

Trivia Friday! “The Gallop of Jonon Khar” tells the mythical origin story of the instrument the song itself is played on. What is the instrument?

One of the groups that brought the audience to its feet at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was the Ih Tsetsn Inner Mongolian Ensemble. Watch them perform khoomei throat singing and long song, and hear more throat singing on “Tuva: Voices from the Center of Asia.” (http://ow.ly/z8Lt0)

Throwback Thursday! On this day in 1950, Cape Canaveral began operations with the launch of its first ever rocket. In celebration of this and all the other space-related anniversaries this week, listen to “Voices from Outer Space” by Czech-American composer Vaclav Nelhybel.

Listen to a track-by-track review “Long Time…Seldom Scene” with SiriusXM Radio’s bluegrass host Kyle Cantrell and members of The Seldom Scene. The special airs July 23-27, and if you are not a subscriber, sign up for a 30-day free trial with SiriusXM to hear it!

Grammy award-winning Sound Production Supervisor Pete Reiniger treats Smithsonian Folkways interns to a behind-the-scenes tour of his studio.