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a podcast primer

On my recent twenty-three hour road trip, I had a lot of downtime and the poorest of cell coverage. Luckily, I spent a few hours the day before I left searching for new podcasts to entertain me en route. I found several gems that I can’t wait to share! Whether you’re taking a long road trip or commuting into the city, these three podcasts are sure to make the time fly by - trust me

1. Macau trực tuyến BaccaratStuff You Missed in History Class

As a self-proclaimed history nut, this podcast was by far and away my favorite. Run by Sarah Dowdey and Chakraborty (both editors at HowStuffWorks.com), the women discuss events in history as you’ve never heard them before. Each podcast includes tons of juicy details and, best of all, is peppered with bits of fashion history. There are over 300 episodes available for download, each averaging out at twenty minutes a piece. I highly recommend listening to “Josephine Baker, The Toast of Paris” and “The Amelia Earhart Mystery” episodes first. After that, I just know you’ll be hooked :) 

2. The Sound of Young America

Those who follow the male fashion blogging community have probably heard of Put This On, the popular blog and web series that teaches men about fashion. The show’s host, Jesse Thorn, also runs The Sound of Young America. It began as a radio show while Mr. Thorn was in college and, in 2008, was picked up for syndication by PRI. The Sound of Young America features interviews with intersting people such as Macau trực tuyến BaccaratGlenn O’Brian and Scott Schumann. Listening to this podcast is an easy way to stay current. 

3. BBC's Woman’s Hour

This might be my single-sex education talking, but I love that the BBC devotes an entire hour of programming each day to discussing women’s issues. Though at times it’s not 100% relevant, matters that affect British women are often times matters that we women in the States are facing, as well. If only NPR would add a women’s hour to their programming... sigh

Other podcasts I enjoy are This American Life, WNYC's Radiolab, The Skirted Roundtable, New Yorker: Fiction, and Slate's Culture Gabfest. I'm on an eternal hunt for a fashion news podcast (think an audible WWD), but to no avail (yet). I'll be sure to keep you updated with future finds! If you have a chance to check out any of above, let me know what you think. As always, feel free to leave your comments below :) 


on radio: an op-ed

A little-known fact about myself: I rarely watch TV (save for Mad Men of course, which I watch on iTunes). I try so hard to get into shows like The Bachelor[ette] and The Hills/The City, but I just can’t do it. Do you know how many conversations I have not been able to participate in because I don’t follow reality television?! The number is probably in the thousands. Don’t hate me for saying this (!!), but I find public radio endlessly more fascinating than The Real Housewives of [insert city name here]. I begin each day by listening to NPR’s Morning Edition and I look forward to Sunday nights when I can stream the latest episode of This American Life from the program’s website. I love that radio shows force me to use my imagination. And I love that they’re about real people-- real heartbreaks, real victories.. Call me what you may (I call myself a 60-year-old trapped in a twenty-something’s body), but I’d take Ira Glass over Lauren Conrad anyday :)

I’d love to know-- what radio shows and/or podcasts do you listen to? Besides The Skirted Roundtable, I really have yet to explore the realm of podcasts .. Is there anything I'm missing out on? 


reading + the ipad

This Slim Aarons photo of Renata Boeck reading the newspaper in bed got me thinking about the reading habits of modern-day Americans. My professor and I were talking about this subject the other day—Americans simply do not read as much as they used to! I believe this is due largely in part to the way we use technology today. I mean, why buy a newspaper when you can find all of the information you need online for free?
I wonder if the introduction of Apple’s iPad (the product is available in stores on April 3rd) will change all of this. My generation was not socialized to sit down and read the newspaper like my grandparent’s generation, but maybe my generation will be more open to reading the newspaper if it comes in a portable electronic format. I think I would. I think I’d read more books, too. What do you think? Do you think that a book loses its integrity if it comes in an electronic format verses a paper one? I would love to hear your thoughts!


william stubbs' a moment of luxury

Dear readers, have I got a treat for you! I stumbled across the link to New York City's WLIW21's exclusive television series A Moment of Luxury via one of Bunny William's tweets (I swear, twitter is such a great resource!). Series that air exclusively on public television are highly underrated-- particularly home and design series. I could watch The Create Channel, Chicago's art, design and food public television station, for hour on end.. But anyway, A Moment of Luxury episodes are available for viewing online here. Episodes and exclusive "webisodes" are also available here.

I included my two favorite episodes, of course! In the video above, Mr. Stubbs gets a personal room-by-room tour of the 2009 Kips Bay Showhouse by the room's respective designer. Remember the Bunny Williams-designed room that caused such a stir on the August 5, 2009 Skirted Round Table podcast? In this episode, you hear Bunny's thoughts about the room she designed as well as what was behind it.

In this episode, Bunny Williams guides Mr. Stubbs through her weekend home made famous by her book,
An Affair With a House. So fabulous! You have to watch it.