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Sidedoor

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


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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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This painting re-sparked an interest in portraits and redefined portraiture for Black Americans. A story of elation and humbleness 🖤

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

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28:38 | Apr 1st

Virginia Hall dreamed of being America’s first female ambassador. Instead, she became a spy. Joining the ranks of the U.S.’s first civilian spy network, she operated alone in occupied France, where sh...Show More
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Someone make a movie about Virginia Hall!!

32:27 | Jun 10th

When Lena Richard cooked her first chicken on television, she beat Julia Child to the screen by over a decade. At a time when most African American women cooks worked behind swinging kitchen doors, Ri...Show More
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I’m so glad to learn about Lena Richard and her pioneering cookbook and cooking show!

27:49 | Mar 18th

Alexander von Humboldt might not be a name you know, but you can bet you know his ideas. Back when the United States were a wee collection of colonies huddled on the eastern seaboard, colonists found ...Show More
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An excellent episode about the intersections of art and science

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