Synopsis

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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Aug 10, 2022

Sumo Wrestlers vs. Firefighters

In 19th century Japan, two sumo wrestlers faced down dozens of firefighters in a brawl so epic it inspired a Kabuki play. But the story of what really…
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Jul 27, 2022

Culture in Crisis

"This is a war not only for the territory. This is war against our culture," says Ihor Poshyvailo, director of the Maidan Museum in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukr…
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Jul 13, 2022

Hubble Trouble

As NASA releases the James Webb Space Telescope's first images, we focus our lens on its predecessor: the Hubble Space Telescope. Prepare for liftoff,…
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Jul 4, 2022

A Star-Spangled Bonus Episode

Which came first, the flag or the song? Sidedoor is celebrating this Independence Day with a special bonus episode: the story behind our Star-Spangled…
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Jun 29, 2022

Get Off My Lawn

Nowhere in the world are lawns as revered as they are in the United States. The picture-perfect patch of grass is so deeply rooted in the American psy…
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Jun 15, 2022

The Sex Lives of Giant Pandas

Whether it's live on the Smithsonian’s National Zoo's panda cam or in front of a crowd, possibly no other animal's sex life is as closely watched as…
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Jun 8, 2022

It’s Season Eight!

Sidedoor returns for its eighth season on Wednesday, June 15th!
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Jun 1, 2022

Bonus: Yes She Did!

We’re hard at work producing the next season of Sidedoor, but just in case you can’t get enough Smithsonian podcasts we’re sharing a special gue…
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May 18, 2022

Bonus: Black Feminism Re-rooted

We’re hard at work producing the next season of Sidedoor, but just in case you can’t get enough Smithsonian podcasts, we’re sharing a special gu…
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May 4, 2022

Bonus: Moonshine

We’re hard at work producing the next season of Sidedoor, but just in case you can’t get enough Smithsonian podcasts, we’re sharing a special gu…
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