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The Art of War

Smithsonian American Art Museum

In this episode, we look at artists whose work has helped reveal the human side of war. You’ll hear about a famous artist who got his start sketching Civil War soldiers and landscapes, and how he was never the same again. Also featured are two contemporary artists: a painter whose work depicts war's psychological impact on his best friend, and a female combat photographer who repeatedly risked her own life to document her fellow soldiers’ experiences on the battlefield.

Bonus: Ale to the Chief

Smithsonian American Art Museum

In this mini-episode, Sidedoor host Tony Cohn interviews Sam Kass, former Obama White House chef and one of the people responsible for the first beer ever known to be brewed at the White House.

Red, White and Brew

Smithsonian American Art Museum

How much do you know about the history of American home-brewing? In this episode of Sidedoor you'll meet the Smithsonian's first brewing historian, Theresa McCulla, and learn about the role of women, enslaved people, and immigrants in the country's complex — and often surprising — relationship with beer. You'll also meet a new wave of brewers who are working to craft some flavorful history of their own.

If These Bones Could Talk

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Explorer, scholar and 19th Century Smithsonian darling Robert Kennicott seemed destined to lead a full and adventurous life. Then, at the age of 30, on an expedition to Russian Alaska in 1866, Kennicott was mysteriously discovered dead by a riverside. Rumors of all colors circulated about the cause of his death, although, it wasn’t until 135 years later, in 2001, that two Smithsonian forensic scientists cracked the case.

Guess Who's Back

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sidedoor is back-- tell a friend! New season begins on Wednesday, June 21st.

Leave a Message at the Beep

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tony shares a special thanks and an exciting update for our upcoming season. Share your thoughts by emailing sidedoor@si.edu or leave a message at 202-633-4120.

Shake It Up

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transforming things we take for granted: An astronomer who has turned the night sky into a symphony; an architecture firm that has radically rethought police stations; and an audiophile who built a successful record company on underappreciated sounds.

You Do You

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Identity in a complex world: A look at the many roles each person plays in daily life; a group of lesbian feminists create an entirely new culture, religion and society in the 1970s; and Iraqi archaeologists work to preserve their cultural heritage after years of war.

Gaming the System

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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."

Butting Heads

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Squabbles big and small: A dining room turns two besties into lifelong enemies; a researcher embraces the panda craze; and why some dinosaur skulls were built to take a beating.

Mid Season Update

Smithsonian American Art Museum

A quick update from Tony about the show.

Masters of Disguise

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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.

Confronting the Past

Smithsonian American Art Museum

A 1921 riot destroyed almost 40 blocks of a wealthy black neighborhood in North Tulsa, Oklahoma. No one knows how many people died, no one was ever convicted and no one really talked about it until a decade ago. This is the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre and why it's important that you know it.

Special Delivery

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The payoff is all in the delivery: Sending mail via cruise missile; preparing a strong-willed orangutan for primate parenthood; and failing to land a joke from the "gag file" of Phyllis Diller.

Tech Yourself

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Technology's grip on us: The 4-1-1 on what's behind your selfie; an artist's computer simulation shows humans aren't as unique as we think; and how the invention of standardized time made America tick.

Season 1 Tease

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sidedoor, a new podcast from the Smithsonian, is launching October 26th, 2016. Start subscribing now on iTunes!

Sound recording 04 AUG 1936

National Anthropological Archives
Digitization and preparation of these materials for online access has been funded through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.

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Disc Note:Aeh List

SEE CHU 0162-0164, 0166-0169 CHU CT40:CHU CT41, 7.50IPS, NARS

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Sound recording JUN 1941

National Anthropological Archives
Digitization and preparation of these materials for online access has been funded through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.

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Disc Note:Jpm List:JPH Lr Marr Handbook of American Indian Languages; Boas, Franz; BAE Bulletin 40, Part 1, 1911; Part 2, 1922

SEE COO 0001-0005, 0008-0011, 0013 COO CT23, 21 MINS: COO CT24, 21 MINS, 7.50IPS

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Ronald Sherr, artist talk

National Portrait Gallery
General Colin Powell's portrait, by artist Ronald Sherr, was unveiled and added to the National Portrait Gallery collection on December 2, 2012. Sherr discussed his portrait in this gallery talk, December 3, 2012.

General Colin Powell, portrait unveiling ceremony and interview with NPR's Michele Norris

National Portrait Gallery
General Colin Powell's portrait, by artist Ronald Sherr, was unveiled and added to the National Portrait Gallery collection on December 2, 2012. Powell was interviewed by NPR's Michele Norris as part of the ceremony.

Harlow Unger, author talk

National Portrait Gallery
"John Quincy Adams" -- author Harlow Unger discusses his book.

Charles Willson Peale self-portrait, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery
David Ward, historian at NPG, talks about artist Charles Willson Peale

A Conversation with Alice Waters

National Portrait Gallery
A Conversation with Alice Waters

Vernon Jordan, Living Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery
Interview with Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader
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