2.10.15: China's Anti-Valentine's Day, History Of Hair Removal, & A Disposable Camera App

Feb 10, 2015

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Valentine’s Day is this weekend and couples in love are expected to spend in the billions, but spending by singles may have even greater revenue potential. On today’s show, a look at China’s anti-Valentine’s holiday: Singles' Day and how it became the largest online shopping day in the world.

Then, from clamshell razors to electrolysis, humans have gone to great lengths to achieve a smooth, clean shave. We’ll take a look at the history of hair removal, and what it reveals about shifting views of racial and social status in the U.S. 

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Singles Day

Graphing the Un-Graphable

  • What if someone took all that digital information you leave behind, and turned it into an infographic?  Our next story, is about a man who did just that, comes to us from Roman Mars of 99% Invisible and producer Nate Berg.

  • The 2013 Feltron Report 

  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

The White Album: A Disposable Photo App

  • Greg Beck is the creator of the app, the WhiteAlbum, which turns your smartphone into a disposable camera – and we’ll be testing out the app. If you’d like you can join us! We’ll report back with a review in a couple of weeks. 
  • Here’s the link to download the app from iTunes: WhiteAlbum App

New Hampshire's Tappan Chairs

  • North Country reporter Sean Hurley brings us the story of a historic brand of Shaker style chairs made in Sandwich, New Hampshire.
  • You can see photos of the chairs and read more at this link.

Plucked: A History of Hair Removal

  • Rebecca Herzig is a scholar, Bates College professor and author of Plucked: A History of Hair Removal.

The Worst Haircut Ever

  • Jeff Cohen gets to the bottom of what happened when his five year old decided to give his three year old a haircut. Jeff's daughters are also the stars of a children's book he wrote based on the story: Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.