culture en What Is "Twee"? <p>We spoke with <strong>Marc Spitz</strong> about his new book <a href=""><em>Twee</em></a>, in which he tries to give a comprehensive and explanatory history of “the gentle revolution.”</p><p><em>(You can hear that conversation <a href="">here</a>.)</em></p><p>The tenants of Twee are varied but they come down to this: there is darkness in this world that can only be overcome by cultivating passions that foster beauty and evoke a sense of innocence, goodness, and childhood.</p><p>In other words, when the world gets scary, <a href="">just put a bird on it</a>.</p><p>As with any cultural movement, the question of Twee can spark long debates (and trying to sort through “Twee vs. Not Twee” makes an awesome party game). To get you up to speed, here’s a handy list of things that are definitively Twee. As Twee defies categorization, we present this to you as a holistic experience, books mixing with music mixing with…hairstyles?</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Molly Donahue 49822 at What Is "Twee"? 6.9.14: Understanding Twee, Michael Blum, And Comedian Todd Glass <p>We are in the midst of a cultural movement…it’s called Twee and boy is it precious. Today we look into the gentle revolution that is Twee…from artisanal pickles to Wes Anderson films, why this retro wish for innocence is thriving. Then, we hear from a local jazz musician who has just released his debut album to good reviews. He has a long career ahead of him since he’s only 20 years old. Plus, a conversation with comedian Todd Glass. He’s been performing stand-up since 1982, but he made his boldest move in 2012 when he came out publicly as gay on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:36:33 +0000 Word of Mouth 49893 at 6.9.14: Understanding Twee, Michael Blum, And Comedian Todd Glass What Exactly Is 'Cool,' Anyway? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The search for “cool” has been a quintessential cultural quest for decades: we all want to be cool, but by definition only a select few will ever achieve it, and only for an instant. So what is “cool,” anyway, and why are we so fascinated by the people who make cool? Here to answer that question is<strong> Dan Kois. </strong>He's Senior Editor at <em>Slate</em>, which is doing a <a href="">month-long series </a>on the nature of cool.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 17:51:35 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37925 at What Exactly Is 'Cool,' Anyway? When Did 'Three Square Meals' Become The American Norm? <p>Admitting to eating a bowl of cereal for dinner is like disclosing that you are lonely, lazy, or waaay to busy. Similarly, not having the whole family sitting around the table for a hot dinner of protein, a vegetable, and dessert feels like some kind of failure. When did <em>how and what </em>we eat become codified as right, proper, and essentially American? &nbsp;How did factory work, television and advertising shape the varied diets carried by centuries of immigrants into the breakfast, lunch and dinner most of us eat today?</p><p><strong>Abigail Carroll </strong>is a food historian and author of <a href=""><em>Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal, </em></a>which explores the history of America’s eating from the Colonial era to the present.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:44:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37985 at When Did 'Three Square Meals' Become The American Norm? An Inside Account of L.A. Gang Culture <p><a href="">Jorja Leap </a>is a small person with a long shadow on the streets of Los Angeles. She’s a professor of social welfare at UCLA, and an anthropologist who, for the past seven years has traced the kinship ties, rites, turf wars, and intervention programs operating in the bloodiest trenches of LA. Her book, “<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Jumped In</em></a>” is part memoir and part ethnographic narrative of gang culture from a woman who’s earned street cred among gang members, respect from academics and props from law enforcement. We spoke to Jorja last year when the book was first released; it is now out in paperback.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:39:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 12265 at An Inside Account of L.A. Gang Culture Celebrating China's Spring Festival In New England <p>This week marks the start of the <a href="">Spring Festival</a>, or Chinese New Year. This fifteen-day celebration is the longest and most important holiday in China, featuring family reunions, fireworks, traditional meals, red lanterns, and the traditional gift of the Hong Bao, or <a href="">Red Packet</a>. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:08:07 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 21729 at Celebrating China's Spring Festival In New England Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Warms Up New Hampshire <p></p><p>It’s not often you get to hear authentic world music in New Hampshire, especially in the dead of winter. But on February 6<sup>th</sup> at the <a href="">Spaulding Auditorium</a> in Hanover, the southern Italian band <a href=";view=frontpage&amp;Itemid=1&amp;lang=en">Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino </a>will be bringing their high energy <a href=""><em>pizzica tarantata</em></a> music and dance.&nbsp; Leading a new wave of young Italian artists reinventing and invigorating traditional Italian music, <em>CGS</em> includes six singers/musicians and a dancer.</p><p>I think it would be impossible <em>not</em> to have fun at a show like this:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Zach Nugent 19600 at The World Cup of Sandwich, NH <p></p><p></p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Sean Hurley 26047 at The World Cup of Sandwich, NH Frances Moore Lappé (Rebroadcast) <p>We broadcast one of our favorites from the Exchange archive vault on Monday, our interview with food writer and activist Frances Moore Lappe</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 11505 at Frances Moore Lappé (Rebroadcast) Computers Like Music <p>Leon Neyfakh talks about how computers can analyze music in ways humans can't.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:12:56 +0000 Virginia Prescott 8857 at Computers Like Music Tibetan Monks Meet Shaker Tradition <p>This weekend, the Canterbury Shaker Village opens its doors for the season.</p><p>It&rsquo;s 600 acres of stillness, of restored buildings and manicured fields. But there&rsquo;s one thing missing.</p><p>&ldquo;Visitors come here expecting to see Shakers,&rdquo; says Funi Burdick, Executive Director of the Village. Fri, 18 May 2012 20:53:28 +0000 Todd Bookman 5145 at Tibetan Monks Meet Shaker Tradition Episode 805: Fate and Fortune <p>What decides the trajectory of our lives, our successes or failures, our steps and stumbles? Do we achieve what we achieve through force of will, or does fate have us by the throat? This hour, <em>Radiolab</em> explores the tug of war between will and fate from birth to death - from a kid reaching for a marshmallow to hints of dementia in the words of a 20-year-old.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 16:00:00 +0000 NHPR Staff 2680 at Episode 805: Fate and Fortune Episode 804: Cities <p>Over 50% of the planet now lives in cities. This hour, <em>Radiolab</em> looks at what makes them tick. We talk to a couple physicists who think they can fit every city into a tidy mathematical formula, and we take to the streets to test their idea. We explore the water tunnels 700 feet below Manhattan and question whether cities are the source of, or the solution for, our growing global appetite.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:59:00 +0000 NHPR Staff 2679 at Episode 804: Cities Episode 803: Falling <p>There are so many ways to fall - falling in love, falling asleep, even falling flat on your face. In an episode full of falling music, <em>Radiolab</em> plunges into a black hole, takes a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel, and debunks some myths about falling cats.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:00:00 +0000 NHPR Staff 2678 at Episode 803: Falling The Skinny on Pinterest <p>Social media’s star child, Pinterest, is under the pin point for its pro-anorexia photos.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:29:39 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2946 at The Skinny on Pinterest