Hair Culture

Word of Mouth
4:31 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

2.15.15: Why The American Outdoors Is So White, Hair Removal In History, & Diamonds May Not Be Forev

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The National Park Service reports that only 7% of annual park visitors are African American. On today’s show, we delve into environmental and cultural history to find out why the story of the American outdoors is so white.

Then, from clamshell tweezers to electrolysis, we’ll take a look at America’s history of hair removal, and what it reveals about shifting views of racial and social status.

Plus, is technology killing the jewelry industry? We’ll find out why global sales of fine jewelry have been sluggish since the global recession.

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

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

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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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Word of Mouth
1:56 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

8.18.14: The Truth About Organ Transplants & The Secret Shame Of Back Hair

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 As long as transplants have been medically possible, there have been horror stories about the black market organ trade.  Today, an anthropologist sheds the trappings of academia to take on, and even indict, illegal organ brokers.  Plus, a less frightening example removing body parts – we’ll investigate the growing controversy behind men who shave, wax, or Nair their backs. And now, some hairy men are fighting back against a standard of beauty few of us even knew existed. Plus, the future is now – we investigate an algae powered building that actually works.

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Word of Mouth
9:56 am
Mon December 3, 2012

And The Oscar Goes To...Ben Affleck's Beard

Virginia Prescott notices that recent movie reviews include as much critical analysis into facial hair as they do to cinematography, sound design and acting. Check out Virginia's take on the phenomenon here: