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12 EpisodesProduced by National Portrait GalleryWebsite

Art, biography, history and identity collide in this podcast from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Join Director Kim Sajet as she chats with artists, historians, and thought leaders about the big and small ways that portraits shape our world.

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Crossing the Border with Hugo Crosthwaite

November 5th, 2019


Hugo Crosthwaite, winner of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, traces his artistic influences to his parents' curio shop in Tijuana, where statues of Aztec gods co-existed with Bart Simpson. Fast-forward to …

Civil War Spies with Ann Shumard

October 22nd, 2019


Ann Shumard, the Gallery's senior curator of photographs, narrates the stories of Rose O'Neal
Greenhow and Belle Boyd-- Civil War spies whose images …

In Memoriam: Cokie Roberts

October 8th, 2019


It wasn’t long after Cokie Roberts came on Portraits that we learned the sad news of her passing, on Sept. 17. We quickly realized we has a ton of great material from our interview with her on First Ladies that never …

Speaking with the Secretary

September 24th, 2019


Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch says a portrait can restore humanity, as in the case of Henrietta Lacks. She's the woman whose 'immortal' cells were taken without her knowledge and then used to …

Remembering Marian Anderson with Leslie Ureña

September 10th, 2019


Classical vocalist Marian Anderson became a civil rights icon in 1939 when she sang before 75,000 spectators at the Lincoln Memorial — a concert …

Firsts with Cokie Roberts

August 27th, 2019


Journalist Cokie Roberts laments the fact that Martha Washington’s portrait depicts her as an old lady. Perhaps if it had been painted sooner, when …

Discovering Pocahontas with Paul Chaat Smith

August 13th, 2019


If the 1995 animated Disney film is your guide, Pocahontas was a free-spirited Native American heroine who sang to the wind. So why is she dressed like European royalty in her painting at the National Portrait Gallery? …

Underwater with Julie Packard and Hope Gangloff

July 30th, 2019


Julie Packard is a leading ocean conservationist, so when the National Portrait Gallery approached her to sit for a portrait, she had one request: …

On the Beat with Wendy MacNaughton

July 16th, 2019


You might see her leaning against a building on the street, or sitting across from you on your morning commute, pad in hand. Or, you might not have noticed her at all. Wendy talks about her 'drawn journalism' -- …

Loving with Sheryll Cashin

July 2nd, 2019


When author Sheryll Cashin looks at a photograph of Mildred Loving, she doesn't just see a woman who went to the Supreme Court to strike down a ban on interracial marriage. She sees a complicated person, struggling …

Lopsided with Jill Lepore

June 17th, 2019


If you were a man with property in the 19th century, there's a good chance you sat for a portrait at some point. If you were an enslaved person, a Native American, or an immigrant, there's a good chance you did not. …

Coming Soon: Portraits

June 4th, 2019


Art, biography, history and identity collide in this podcast from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, launching on June 18, 2019. Join …

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