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The radio extension of ModernNotion.com, a website for the ultra-curious that finds the science behind the story and the truth in every tale. It’s your middlebrow library for highbrow ideas. We tell stories about history, science, technology, culture and life.

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The radio extension of ModernNotion.com, a website for the ultra-curious that finds the science behind the story and the truth in every tale. It’s your middlebrow library for highbrow ideas. We tell stories about history, science, technology, culture and life.

    This Salon in New York Is the Ground Zero of Brazilian Waxing

    This Salon in New York Is the Ground Zero of Brazilian Waxing

    On todays episode of Modern Notion, we visit the salon in New York that originated Brazilian waxing. Jonice Padilha, one of the seven sisters behind Manhattans J Sisters salon, speaks to reporter Renee Gross about how the salon came up with the idea of taking it all off. From there, the trend took off—youll have to listen to find out why.

    Music this hour:

    “Forgiven Not Forgotten” by Jahzzar, from the album Kuddelmuddel
    “What True Self? Feels Bogus, Let’s Watch Jason X” by Chris Zabriskie, from the album Reappear

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    Mapping the Human Body

    Mapping the Human Body

    What if we looked at the human body as a landscape, and mapped its features using a cartographers eye? Thats what Dr. Gavin Francis does in his new book, Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum (Basic Books, October 2015). On this episode of Modern Notion we dive into some of the case studies from Dr. Franciss book, from electro-shock therapy to vertigo.

    Music this hour:

    “Oceanica” by Avaren, from the album For Others’ Use
    “Theme S” by Steve Combs andamp; Delta Is, from the album Themes (Vol. 1)

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    • 29 min
    Cheddar: It’s Nothing to Cheese At

    Cheddar: It’s Nothing to Cheese At

    Our guest on todays (new! improved! weekly!) Modern Notion is Gordon Edgar, the longtime cheesemonger at Rainbow Cooperative Grocery in San Francisco. Gordon turns his attention to a specific kind of cheese in his new book, Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of Americas Most Iconic Cheese (Chelsea Green, October 2015). In the midst of a cheese renaissance, Gordon wants to understand cheddars place in American culture.

    Music this hour:

    “Chicken and Cheese 2 (Foot Village cover)” by Tussle

    • 29 min
    Announcement from Modern Notion

    Announcement from Modern Notion

    Listen for a quick update on whats happening at Modern Notion.

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    Winston Churchill, War Correspondent

    Winston Churchill, War Correspondent

    On todays show, were talking with author Simon Read about Winston Churchill—but probably not the Winston Churchill you already know. In his book, Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent (Da Capo Press, October 2015), Read explores the five years Churchill spent as a war correspondent, which took him around the world, from Cuba to Sudan. In those five years, Churchill had experiences that impacted his later life as a world leader, and he solidified his feelings that he was destined for greatness.

    Music this hour:

    “get out” by Jahzzar, from the album Sketches
    “Soldiertype (militarised)” by Ketsa, from the album What’s Without’s Within

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    • 50 min
    Deathwatch Beetles and Other Creepy Crawlies

    Deathwatch Beetles and Other Creepy Crawlies

    On todays show, our guest is Dave Goulson, a professor of biological sciences and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in the UK. Goulson recently wrote a memoir of sorts about a farm he bought in France, called A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of a French Farm (Picador, April 2015). For the last decade, Goulson has been turning the farm into a bug-friendly wildflower meadow, and along the way hes recorded what species live there and conducted experiments on them, too.

    Music this hour:

    “Soldiertype (militarised)” by Ketsa, from the album What’s Without’s Within
    “Take Me Higher” by Jahzzar, from the album Tumbling Dishes Like Old-Man’s Wishes
    Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    • 50 min

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