More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults. But where the public’s view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Lizzie Peabody sneaks listeners through the Smithsonian’s side door, telling stories that can’t be heard anywhere else

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Mar 15, 2023

Lights Out

Most people in North America can't see the Milky Way. The reason? We're ensconced in a luminous fog of artificial lighting 24/7. The evolution of li…

Mar 1, 2023

The Phantom Violins

When Sidedoor listener Cliff Hall bought a used violin, he found a tattered note tucked alongside the century-old instrument. Obsessed with this crypt…

Feb 22, 2023

It’s Season Nine!

Sidedoor returns for its ninth season on Wednesday, March 1st!

Feb 9, 2023

Love Letters

They bring out the voyeur in us. And the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art is full of them. In three short letters, we offer a glimpse of tende…

Jan 25, 2023

The Cabbage Patch Kids Riots

In 1983, the Cabbage Patch Kids were released, causing widespread pandemonium in toy stores and in the media. How did a children's toy inspire such ba…

Jan 11, 2023

King's Speech

This MLK Day we're digging into the story behind Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech —from its first draft to a rhyming poem and, finally, to…

Dec 28, 2022

The Monumental Imagination of Augusta Savage

Public monuments to honor Black Americans in the 1930s: that was the vision of Augusta Savage, a Harlem Renaissance sculptor who has been called one o…

Dec 14, 2022

A Very Merry Sidedoor

What is it about a mistletoe that says “smooch?” And what the heck is figgy pudding anyway? The holidays are here again, and with them come song…

Nov 30, 2022

Lucy Hicks Anderson

Known for her smashing parties, lighter-than-air souffles and comedic wit, Lucy Hicks Anderson never let anyone tell her how to live her life – not…

Nov 16, 2022

Reservation Math: Navigating Love in Native America

If you’ve heard the phrase, “full blooded,” you’re already familiar with the concept of blood quantum. But Native Americans are the only peopl…

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