Smithsonian Institution

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More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults, but where public view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Tony Cohn sneaks listeners through Smit...Show More


26:51 | Dec 11th, 2019

Edmonia Lewis was the first American woman of color to achieve international fame as a sculptor. Her 3,000-pound masterwork, “The Death of Cleopatra,” commemorated another powerful woman who broke wit...Show More
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Excellent episode! This is yet another great podcast about Edmonia Lewis, a fascinating woman sculptor of color who worked in Rome in the 19...Show More

28:21 | Sep 4th, 2019

Sidedoor hits the road, sneaking behind the scenes for the ultimate Smithsonian field trip we never took as kids. Lizzie and producer Justin O'Neill journey by bike, train, and even horse (okay, plast...Show More
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Calling all Japanese art fans - the Freer will be mounting a major show of Hokusai prints in 2020. Definitely worth a stop if you’re going ...Show More

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28:36 | Mar 4th

In the Venn diagram of life, it’s hard to imagine what spacecraft and women’s underwear might have in common. And that’s probably what NASA engineers thought back in 1962 when they asked a handful of ...Show More
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Another in a spate of podcasts about the intricacies of spacesuit design. This one also talks about how the Playtex girdle company won the ...Show More

25:48 | Jun 26th, 2019

Deep within the National Museum of American History’s vaults is a battered Atari case containing what’s known as “the worst video game of all time.” The game is E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and it was ...Show More
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This is the human story behind a business story behind a cultural phenomenon: the genesis of the video game industry. The layers in this pi...Show More

24:59 | Apr 25th, 2018

The day that Amy Sherald heard that she had been chosen to paint the official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama, she called her mom to tell her the news, and then she told her dog. But soon after,...Show More
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A beautiful story about opportunity meets preparation. Plus it's a great Obama story.

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