Sidedoor: Masters of Disguise

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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Masters of Disguise

Tales of deception and trickery: A sneaky orchid seeks sexually frustrated pollinator; a battle fought by decoys; and a gender-bending zombie invasion of the Chesapeake Bay.


  • Tom Mirenda, Smithsonian Gardens
  • Brian Nicklas, National Air and Space Museum
  • Carolyn Tepolt, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

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Read the complete transcript of Episode 4: Masters of Disguise.

Posted: 23 November 2016
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