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This podcast aims to explore unique intersections between America's past and present. Join us for monthly interviews and features that delve into fashion, motherhood, literature and more.

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This podcast aims to explore unique intersections between America's past and present. Join us for monthly interviews and features that delve into fashion, motherhood, literature and more.

    Alpine Search and Rescue—It’s Not Baywatch on Skis

    Alpine Search and Rescue—It’s Not Baywatch on Skis

      This month, I caught up with Tom Wood, Field Director of the Alpine Rescue Team in Evergreen, Colorado and 19-year veteran Alpine Rescuer, to talk about his memoir, to get his insight into the evolution of mountain rescue, and to learn about the challenges facing those in the modern day rescue business. Wood first began what would…

    Abandoned in Place

    Abandoned in Place

       Forty-seven years after humans first landed on the moon, much of the iconic infrastructure that helped us to get there has been demolished, re-purposed, or left to the elements. In this episode, my guest, Roland Miller, shares experiences accumulated over twenty-five years of photographically documenting and interpreting the United States space program. His book…

    Interrogating the Scandamerican Domestic: A Conversation With Christopher Merkner

    Interrogating the Scandamerican Domestic: A Conversation With Christopher Merkner

       In this episode, Christopher Merkner, author of The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic, offers insight into his award winning short story collection, tackling a mash-up of satire, heritage, Scandinavia, and the American Midwest. Merkner’s stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies as well as numerous journals. His collection received the Colorado Book…

    The Vintage Wedding Dress

    The Vintage Wedding Dress

    Wedding season is in full swing, so I sat down with Kristine Engel, curator of Meringue, a vintage formal wear boutique in Chicago's Roscoe Village, to chat about the dresses in her collection, the history of wedding fashion, and why re-imagined vintage is an aesthetic that appeals to modern brides.

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