With a Side of Knowledge talks with Lizzie Peabody and Justin O’Neill of Smithsonian’s Sidedoor podcast

Author: Ted Fox

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With a Side of Knowledge is a podcast produced by the Office of the Provost at the University of Notre Dame. It brings listeners informal interviews with fascinating scholars and professionals from both Notre Dame and elsewhere that take place over brunch.

The 16th episode of the show’s third season, “On the Smithsonian and Sneaking in the Sidedoor,” was released Thursday, April 2, and features Lizzie Peabody and Justin O’Neill, the host and producer, respectively, of Sidedoor, a podcast from the Smithsonian Institution.

This particular episode was recorded not over brunch but via the online meeting platform Zoom, with Peabody and O’Neill joining host Ted Fox from Washington, D.C., to discuss their show and all that goes into making it. The conversation started with where the name “Sidedoor” came from and a look inside one of the podcast’s most popular episodes, titled “The Worst Video Game Ever?”

They also covered the time Peabody and O’Neill took listeners on a field trip—a great reminder that when we say “the Smithsonian,” we’re not just talking about one museum—as well as the surprising history of the spacesuits that put a man on the moon and other topics that will be coming up in Sidedoor’s new season. 

You can visit provost.nd.edu/podcast to learn more about With a Side of Knowledge, which is available through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, LyceumSpotify, Stitcher, or by searching “With a Side of Knowledge” in your favorite podcast app.

You can also listen to the episode with Peabody and O’Neill using the player below.