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17 Pieces

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.


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In honor of Flag Day and the Fourth of July, the Smithsonian unveils the often misunderstood stories behind two of our nation's most famous flags: ...

Bought by WKSU, KSKA, Vermont Public, WVTF, KALW and more

  • Added: May 18, 2022
  • Length: 52:00
  • Purchases: 62
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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...

Bought by Morton College Radio and WCNY

  • Added: Aug 07, 2019
  • Length: 22:47
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, KSFR, KVSC, KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., and KICI Iowa City

  • Added: Mar 28, 2019
  • Length: 27:16
  • Purchases: 5
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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...

Bought by KVSC, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, and PRX Remix

  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 21:35
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by KISU and PRX Remix

  • 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...

Bought by PRX Remix

  • 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...

Bought by PRX Remix

  • 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...

Bought by KISU

  • 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