Sidedoor: Gaming the System

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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Gaming the System

Bending the rules: People sending their children through the U.S. Postal Service; a Sikh man in the early 1900s tries to use the Supreme Court’s racist rulings to his benefit; and the little-known story behind the iconic folk song “Rock Island Line.”


  • Nancy Pope, National Postal Museum
  • Adriel Luis, Asian Pacific American Center
  • Jeff Place, Folkways

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Posted: 25 December 2016
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