Smithsonian Magazine Announces “There’s More to That,” a New Podcast in Partnership With PRX

July 27, 2023
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Smithsonian magazine, the flagship publication of the Smithsonian Institution, today announced the launch of a new podcast, There’s More to That.

Smithsonian magazine covers history, science and culture in the way only it can—through a lens on the world that is insightful and grounded in richly reported stories. On There's More to That, listeners will meet the magazine's journalists as they discover the forces behind some of the biggest issues of our time and give curious listeners a fresh understanding of the world we all inhabit. New episodes will be released free and on-demand every other Thursday on the magazine’s website and across all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, Overcast and Pocket Casts.

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 Smithsonian magazine’s own Chris Klimek. Klimek has served as a contributor and panelist on NPR’s “Pop Culture Happy Hour,” and his culture writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Vulture, The Ringer, The Atlantic, Slate and elsewhere. The podcast is brought to audiences with public media organization PRX, one of the world’s top podcast publishers, and is made in partnership with PRX Productions.

“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.”

There’s More to That is the newest addition to Smithsonian’s stable of acclaimed podcasts brought to audiences in partnership with PRX, including “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."

There’s More to That is available now.

About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media is composed of its flagship publication Smithsonian magazine and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian and Paramount. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, consisting of 21 museums, the National Zoological Park, education centers, research facilities, cultural centers and libraries. Two of the 21 museums—the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum—are in the early planning stages.

About PRX

PRX is a non-profit public media company specializing in audio journalism and storytelling. PRX serves independent producers and organizations by helping them connect to their most engaged, supportive audiences. One of the world’s leading podcast publishers, PRX works in partnership with TED, PBS, the Smithsonian, Futuro Media, GBH and more. PRX is also home to Radiotopia, known as one of the most creative and successful podcast networks. In addition, PRX distributes trusted public radio programming to hundreds of stations nationwide, including “The World,” “The Moth Radio Hour,” “This American Life,” “Snap Judgment,” “Reveal,” “Left, Right & Center” and “Latino USA.” PRX programs have been recognized by the Peabody Awards, the duPont-Columbia Awards, the IDA Documentary Awards and the Pulitzer Prizes. In 2022, Futuro Media and PRX won a Pulitzer Prize. Visit for more.

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Ellen Hurwitz
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