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#200/Return to Bertie County: Emily Piloton-Lam + Ron Wesson + Musical Guest Linda Eder
Bertie County, North Carolina, has only about 19,000 people, about 62% Black. That's fewer than in most city zip codes. It’s one of the poorest county in the state, and the population is down about 10% over the last decade. Black farmers lost much of their land as subsidies and credit by the USDA heavily favored white farmers. In 2007, the schools were in terrible shape, as you might expect. Then, an innovative school superintendent came to town, did a great job, and got fired. One of the programs he sponsored was Project H, teaching design and construction skills to high school students. There was a documentary about this called If You Build It. Nearly 10 years later, we talk to Emily Piloton-Lam, cofounder of Project H and executive director of Girls Garage; and Ron Wesson, a Bertie County Commissioner. Later on, music with Star Search champion and Broadway star Linda Eder. This show is dedicated to that school superintendent, Chip Zullinger, who died in 2014.
#199/Architecture Teen Style: Danielle Willkens + Louisa Whitmore + Musical Guest Sophie Milman
Tomorrow's architects and their architecture critics are today's teenagers. Joining us are Danielle Willkens, author of the new book, Architecture for Teens: A Beginner Book for Aspiring Architects, and an actual teen critic, Louisa Whitmore, a TikTok sensation from our favorite jazz nation, Canada. Later on, surprise, surprise - Canadian jazz with Sophie Milman.
#198/Yolanda's Little Black Book: James McClain + Special Music by Dave and Darius Brubeck
Every industry has insiders, and no city other than perhaps New York attracts more attention from residential architecture than Los Angeles. Joining us is James McClain, co-founder and editor-at-large at Dirt.com, which tracks significant celebrity houses. He's James now, but previously he had a secret identity. Later on, music from legendary jazz musician, Dave Brubeck, and his son, Darius Brubeck.
#197/Children of Genius: Gary Wexler + Erik Williams + Peter Exley + Musical Guest Connie Evingson
In our ongoing series Children of Genius, we’ve spoken with Raymond and Dion Neutra, sons of Richard Neutra; Guilliame Schindler, great-grandson of Rudolph Schindler; Randy Koenig, son of Pierre Koenig; Susan and Eric Saarinen, children of Eero Saarinen; Eric Lloyd Wright, grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright; Emily Ain, daughter of Gregory Ain; Celia Bertoia, daughter of Harry Bertoia, Eames Demetrios and Carla Hartman, grandchildren of Charles and Ray Eames, Erika Pfammatter, granddaughter of Walter Gropius, and Annie Gwathmey, daughter of Charles Gwathmey. Today we reach out to Palm Springs to talk with graphic designer Gary Wexler, son of architect Donald Wexler, and ophthalmologist Erik Williams, son of architect E. Stewart Williams. George chats with the new national AIA president, Peter Exley of Architecture is Fun, and later on, jazz with the lovely Connie Evingson.
#196/Gabriella the Billionaire: Andi Schmied + Musical Guest Bobbie Eakes
Have you ever wondered what’s it’s like to live in a $5M apartment in the New York skyline? What about a $10 million coop? A $25 million penthouse? Joining us is Andi Schmied, aka Gabriella, a visual artist who pretty much became a performance artist, talking her way into some of these very posh residences. Later on, jazz with Bobbie Eakes, a face you know from Days of our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, and even the very last episode of Laverne and Shirley – but a voice you might not.
#195/Adam Štěch + Victor Lundy + Donna Kacmar + Musical Guest Diana Panton
From an author who’s created a worldwide book of mostly Modernist buildings to a master Modernist who created beautiful buildings across the world, we’ve got a great show today. Joining us first is Adam Štěch, author of the new book Modern Architecture and Interiors, an atlas of more than one thousand Modernist architectural masterpieces; next a true master, architect Victor Lundy, along with Lundy author Donna Kacmar, and later on from Canada, our favorite jazz country, musical guest Diana Panton.
I drive a lot between homes in LA and Las Vegas and because I know that I will have at least 4 hours each way to listen to these podcasts, I now so look forward to those drives. This podcast is a must listen to for anyone interested in Modernist architecture in the US. I previously considered myself pretty well versed in Modernist architecture until I started to listen to this podcast. From further exploring the great and well known architects (often through intensely interesting interviews with their adult kids) to illuminating lesser known regional Modernist architects - this podcast has it all. But I am getting nervous that I am going to soon run out of episodes in this podcast. And it’s always great to then use their extensive documentation for further research on their website. Bravo!
I’m listening to previous years episodes, waiting for each new week!
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This is my Favorite podcast of all time. Enjoy the interviews from Modernism week and Sarasota Modern. Hope to get to Modernism Week some time.