School has started and it’s time for a Smithsonian field trip! This one may be a little different than you remember. Continue reading Sidedoor: Field Trip!
Artist David Levinthal toys with history by creating a dream of America populated by sloe-eyed Barbies, bow-legged cowboys and fast cars with big fins. Listen to his vision on Sidedoor. Continue reading Sidedoor: Memory, Myth & Miniatures
While showy orchids in sometimes impossible colors are a mainstay of the supermarket flower shop, their more demure wild cousins are disappearing. Scientists hope to understand why before it’s too late. Continue reading Sidedoor: The Wild Orchid Mystery
Iconoclastic poet Regie Cabico shares his secrets with Sidedoor. (Hope mom isn’t listening!) Continue reading Sidedoor: Things you’d never tell your parents
When we first went to the moon in 1969, we were pretty confident it wasn’t actually made of cheese, but we really didn’t know much more. Fifty years later, many lunar mysteries remain. Continue reading Sidedoor: Space Jocks and Moon Rocks
Once upon a time, there was a video game so horrible, so loathed, so incredibly bad, that every surviving copy was seized and buried in the desert (probably near Area 51.) Was it an alien attempt to sabotage the gaming industry? Continue reading Sidedoor: The Worst Video Game Ever?
You wouldn’t expect Don Ho to sing “Tiny Bubbles” at a good ole-fashioned country hoedown, but it’s not as far-fetched as it seems. Continue reading Aloha, ya’ll
How did a soft yellow metal, useless for tools or weapons, become the foundation of dynasties that lasted for centuries? Continue reading Sidedoor: Good as Gold
Look–up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Yikes! It’s a bird AND a plane in a head-on collision!
In this episode of Sidedoor, we meet Roxy Laybourne, one of the first scientists to figure out how a bird weighing a few ounces can bring down a multi-ton aircraft. Continue reading Sidedoor: The Feather Detective
This lady sang the blues–wearing a man’s tuxedo and in language no lady would use. Meet brave, bawdy Gladys Bentley. Continue reading Sidedoor: Singing the Gender-Bending Blues