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Comedian and pop culture fanatic Aasif Mandvi gets up close and personal with the most iconic artifacts at the National Museum of American History. Join Aasif and his guests as they explore how vintage clothing, ratty furniture, and mismatched shoes transformed into Fonzie's leather jacket, Archie Bunker's chair, and Dorothy's ruby slippers and became defining symbols of American culture along the way.
Phyllis Diller's Gag File
Phyllis Diller was a 38-year old, practically homeless mother of five when she started her standup career. She was a trailblazer, using her jokes to open doors for all the women who would come after her. In a lucky break for history, she was also a compulsive note taker and gave a filing cabinet with 50,000 jokes to the Smithsonian for safe keeping.
|Oct 17, 2019|
Dorothy's Ruby Slippers
The Ruby Slippers Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz are one of the most popular items at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. So why is the pair on display mismatched? And what does the FBI have to do with it?
|Oct 10, 2019|
Jose Felciano’s Guitar
Jose Feliciano was the first artist to perform a personalized rendition of the National Anthem at the World Series, and it nearly destroyed his career. But was it an act of protest or of patriotism? Also, Aasif gets a private concert when Jose Feliciano is reunited with his guitar at the Smithsonian. (Celeb interview: Jose Feliciano)
This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LOST).
|Oct 03, 2019|
The Fonz was the breakout character on the sitcom Happy Days, and his leather jacket became a symbol of coolness itself. But why? And how did Henry Winkler turn The Fonz into an American icon? (Celeb interview: Henry Winkler)
|Sep 26, 2019|
Coming Soon: Lost at the Smithsonian
Prepare yourself to get Lost at the Smithsonian, with Aasif Mandvi, as he explores the little-known stories behind iconic pop culture artifacts at the National Museum of American History. Coming September 26th, 2019.
|Sep 09, 2019|