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Smithsonian Magazine Launches First Podcast In Partnership with PRX.


The Smithsonian Museum is not new to podcasting, but its magazine is now making the leap into audio. Smithsonian Magazine is teaming up with the public media organization PRX to launch There’s More to That, a new series that will feature the magazine’s journalists as they discover the forces behind some of the biggest stories of the day.


“We are excited to bring Smithsonian magazine’s award-winning content to the public on this platform,” said Smithsonian Media Senior Vice President Denise Elliott. “This podcast is sure to draw in new listeners and expose them to Smithsonian’s expert storytelling.”


Episodes available now delve into the backstories of two blockbuster movies, “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie.” Physicist-turned-photographer Minesh Bacrania shares his experience photographing inside the top-secret labs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where J. Robert Oppenheimer and other scientists created the first nuclear weapon. Plus, Smithsonian magazine writer Andy Kifer discusses the complexities of Oppenheimer’s genius and how prior attempts to depict him in film, television and on stage have fared. In addition, journalist and lifelong Barbie fan Emily Tamkin traces the decades-long development, or lack thereof, of Ken, Barbie’s perennial plus-one.


There’s More to That is hosted by Chris Klimek, who has been a magazine contributor and a panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. New episodes will be released every other Thursday on the magazine’s website and across all major podcast platforms.


The show is the newest addition to the Smithsonian Podcast Network of podcasts, which are produced in partnership with PRX. Other shows include Sidedoor from the Smithsonian, Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, and AirSpace from the National Air and Space Museum.


“The podcast creators at Smithsonian magazine embody curiosity and entertainment in the pursuit of knowledge, and PRX is the production partner for this adventurous new podcast,” said Jason Saldanha, Chief of Business Development and Content at PRX. “We’re thrilled to help bring the Smithsonian magazine’s audio storytelling to listeners everywhere.”

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