Sidedoor

Series produced by Smithsonian

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Sidedoor is a podcast only the Smithsonian can bring you. It tells stories about science, art, history, humanity and where they unexpectedly overlap. From dinosaurs to dining rooms, this podcast connects big ideas to the people who have them.

For more info, check out si.edu/sidedoor.


Additional Files

17 Pieces

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You probably know orchids as the big, colorful flowers found in grocery stores and given as housewarming gifts. But those tropical beauties represe...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2019
  • Length: 22:47
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Regie Cabico has been called the Lady Gaga of spoken word poetry—he's outspoken, provocative, and iconoclastic. The son of Filipino immigrants, he ...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 19:43
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In 1960, investigators found dark bits of feather stuck inside a crashed airplane's engines. They needed someone to figure out what bird they belon...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2019
  • Length: 27:16
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In 1918, a flu pandemic killed more than 50 million people worldwide. Forty years later, it nearly happened again. This week on Sidedoor we go back...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 21:35
  • Purchases: 1
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Today, the US population is about 1% Muslim, but in the late 1700s that number was likely closer to 5%. Who were these early Muslim-Americans, wher...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 29:52
  • Purchases: 2
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Join Sidedoor in welcoming AirSpace, a new gravity-defying podcast from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Hosts Emily Martin and Mat...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 17:58
  • Purchases: 1
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In this episode, we look at artists whose work has helped reveal the human side of war. You’ll hear about a famous artist who got his start sketchi...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2017
  • Length: 23:14
  • Purchases: 1
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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, h...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2017
  • Length: 25:09
  • Purchases: 1
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A forensic mystery, 135 years in the making.

Bought by KISU and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 26:29
  • Purchases: 2
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Transforming things we take for granted: an astronomer who has turned the night sky into a symphony; an architecture firm that has radically re-tho...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2017
  • Length: 23:53
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Identity in a complex world: a look at the many roles each person plays in daily life; a group of lesbian feminists create an entirely new culture,...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2017
  • Length: 19:22
  • Purchases: 2
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Bending the rules: people sending their children through the U.S. Postal Mail; a Sikh man in the early 1900s tries to use the Supreme Court's racis...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2016
  • Length: 21:34
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Squabbles big and small: two besties turn into lifelong enemies over a dining room; a researcher embraces the panda craze; and why some dinosaur sk...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2016
  • Length: 18:27
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Tales of deception and trickery: sneaky orchid seeks sexually-frustrated pollinator; a battle fought by decoys; and a gender-bending zombie invasio...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2016
  • Length: 17:58
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A 1921 riot destroyed almost 40 blocks of a wealthy black neighborhood in North Tulsa, Oklahoma. No one knows how many people died, no one was ever...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2016
  • Length: 22:24
  • Purchases: 1
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The payoff is all in the delivery: sending mail via cruise missile; preparing a strong-willed orangutan for primate parenthood; and failing to land...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2016
  • Length: 22:07
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Technology's grip on us: the 4-1-1 on what's behind your selfie; an artist's computer simulation shows humans aren't as unique as we think; and how...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2016
  • Length: 20:52