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Jen Leonard | Writer, Speaker, Design Thinker

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Brand New Ways is a podcast for instigators and rebel hearts seeking creative perspectives on life and how we live it, brought to you by journalist and designer Jen Leonard. Each week, tune in as she gets curious with movers and shakers across art, design, science, politics, business and beyond.

Latest Episodes

29: Artist & Textile Designer Dana Haim

The magic of nature, losing our sense of time, remembering to be grateful, getting into an exercise groove, and the joy of making pom poms! In this episode, I talk to artist and textile designer Dana Haim, whose mission is to spark joy through the creation of ethical, hand-made goods. She achievesthis and then some through her instructionalworkshops across the U.S. and strategic partnerships with local organizations in Mexico and Colombia (where her family is from), which allow her to weave social and environmental consciousness into her craft. Dana received her BA in textile design from theRhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her MA in design for Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins in London. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Pom Pom Play Girl (Session Highlights) [Instrumental Mix With Backing Vocals] – The Beach Boys Shake It Like a Pom Pom – Missy Elliot Pom Pom – Mozart La Para I Sl...

38 MIN2015 OCT 20
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29: Artist & Textile Designer Dana Haim

28: Emmy-nominated Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain

Brain power, the science of character, what connects us as human beings, and the always important weekly date night. In this episode, I talk to übermensch Tiffany Shlain, founder of The Webby Awards and creator of the AOL Originals series "The Future Starts Here." Her work adeptlyexplores the intersections of humanity, technology, science and culture. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Stream of Consciousness (Skratch Bastid Remix) - Afiara Quartet Delirious – Prince You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) [Original 7" Mix] – Dead or Alive I've Seen All Good People: A. Your Move, B. All Good People – Yes Daily News - Maps & Atlases Where Is the Line? – Björk Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Expanded Cinema, by Gene Youngblood Art & Physics, by Leonard Shlain The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, by Leonard Shlain Sex, Time & Power, by Leona...

32 MIN2015 SEP 29
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28: Emmy-nominated Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain

27: Visual Storytellers Faun Chapin & Meg Paradise | Guts & Glory

Nancy Drew, John Waters, Queen Bey, Helvetica – the perfume, and their dream of one day opening a speakeasy-inspired design studio. In this episode, I talk to Faun Chapin and Meg Paradise, the ginger-haired power duo behind Guts & Glory, a creative collective fueled by courage, vigor, character and oomph. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) First True Love Affair – Jimmy Ross No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys Helvetica (The American Dollar remix) – Arms and Sleepers Two Political Party – Terror Fabulous Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan The Dress Looks Nice on You – Sufjan Stevens Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Nancy Drew John Waters WatchList Meg & Faun on MSNBCtalking about their project "They Don't Work For You" Helvetica The Perfume:The Lovers Helvetica The Perfume:TheHaters ** If you lovemy show, please subscribe, rate and revie...

51 MIN2015 SEP 15
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27: Visual Storytellers Faun Chapin & Meg Paradise | Guts & Glory

26: SFGirlbyBay Blogger Victoria Smith

Fitness, friendship, driving fast, wearing kaftans, and comedians in cars getting coffee. In this episode, I talk to Victoria Smith, photographer, stylist, and editor of the internationally popular design blog sfgirlbybay, one of the west coast’s leading interior design blogs, with a faithful following that includes social media butterflies, top magazine editors, designophiles, and industry professionals. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Neighbor, Neighbor – ZZ Top Get Out of My House - The Streets Aperol Sunset - Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco Avalon – Roxy Music Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList See San Francisco: Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay, by Victoria Smith A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving The Razor’s Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham WatchList Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Amé...

32 MIN2015 AUG 18
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26: SFGirlbyBay Blogger Victoria Smith

25: Experimental Typographer Oded Ezer

Animated gifs, Arctic Monkeys, retreating to the sea, painting the moon, and eliminating nationalities in the name of living in harmony. In this episode, I talk to Oded Ezer, graphic artist, typographer, and conceptual artist (known as "Cat Chap"). Hefounded the Hebrew Typography type foundry in 2004, but is best known for his typographic design fiction projects, which have been exhibited at the V&A in London and MoMA in New York. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Typography – Jim Dandy Miles from Nowhere – Cat Stevens The Smile On Your Face - Little Ann Ludlow St. - Julian Casablancas Left Hand Free – alt-J Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Oded Ezer: The Typographer s Guide to the Galaxy, by Oded Ezer On Yona Wallach The Medium is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, by Gilles Deleuze WatchList 5 Films Ab...

44 MIN2015 AUG 4
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25: Experimental Typographer Oded Ezer

24: Craftivist Collective Founder Sarah Corbett

Mogwai, chocolate, embroidered hankies, cheeky puns, and sparking conversations about social justice one stitch at a time. In this episode, I talk to cross-stitcher and activist Sarah Corbett, who’s the founder ofCraftivist Collective, a global social enterprise that uses craft as a tool for gentle actions aimed at influencing long-term change. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - Carpenters The Craft - Blackalicious Going Down to Liverpool – The Bangles Two Rights Make One Wrong – Mogwai Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Craftivism, by Betty Greer Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell Don't Think Of An Elephant!, by George Lakoff Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story, by Frederik Peeters WatchList To Kill A Mockingbird ** If you lovemy show, please subscribe, rate and review in iTunes, or wherever ...

52 MIN2015 JUL 21
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24: Craftivist Collective Founder Sarah Corbett

23: Designer, Illustrator & Art Director Timothy Goodman

Kanye West, Lena Dunham, Chris Rock, personal mentors as catalysts for discovering your life's work, and breaking out of boxes that limit you. In this episode, I talk todesigner, illustrator and art director Timothy Goodman, who recently exhibitedartworksfrom "Memories of A Girl I Never Knew" at Colette in Paris, collaborated with Jessica Walsh on 40 Days of Dating, and wrote Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques & Ideas for Transforming Your World. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Highly Suspicious – My Morning Jacket Greenfield Morning/Seed of Joy/Life is a Struggle - RZA & Yoko Ono Colette – Orchestra Baobob Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac On Sight – Kanye West All My Love – Led Zeppelin Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World, by Timothy Goodman 40 Days of Dating: An...

39 MIN2015 JUL 7
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23: Designer, Illustrator & Art Director Timothy Goodman

22: Designer & Illustrator Don Clark

Vintage baseball gear, stackable monster toys, Scooby Doo, Foo Fighters, and blazing your own trail. In this episode, I talk todesigner and illustrator Don Clark, who foundedInvisible Creaturewith his brother Ryan in 2006.It'sa Grammy Award-nominated, multi-disciplinary creative studiohoused in a dreamyrefurbishedbarn just outside of Seattle. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Runners - Lecrae Space - M.I.A. Polyethylene, Pt. 1 & 2 - Radiohead The Pretender - Foo Fighters Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, by Andy Crouch The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics, by C. S. Lewis The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, by Kevin DeYoung (author) and Don Clark (illustrator) WatchList Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Mad Max (1979) ** If you lovemy show, please subscri...

31 MIN2015 JUN 23
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22: Designer & Illustrator Don Clark

21: Serial Social Entrepreneur Miki Agrawal

Threeessential questions aspiring social entrepreneurs need to ask themselves, gender equality, and innovating below the belt. In this episode, I talk to force of nature Miki Agrawal, author of Do Cool Sh*t and founder of Wild(a farm-to-table, gluten-free pizza concept in NYC), Thinx(period panties for modern women), and Tushy(a DIY bidet attachment for your toilet). Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Plugg – Lunachicks Entrepreneur - E-40 & Too $hort Boogie In Your Butt – Eddie Murphy Some Laid Back Cool Sh*t – Rob Swift Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Reading List Do Cool Sh*t Watch List The Thinx Story Meet Tushy ** If you lovemy show, please subscribe, rate and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com -->Find the show on Twitter: @brandnewways_ --> Send me an email: show@brandnewways...

28 MIN2015 JUN 16
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21: Serial Social Entrepreneur Miki Agrawal

20: Collaborative Artists Hillerbrand+Magsamen

Suburban fluxus, Wes Anderson films, carpet crop circles, and the complex (and often comedic) dynamics of family life within a consumer culture. In this episode, I talk to Hillerbrand+Magsamen, a husband and wife collaborative artistic team –Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen – who met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and now live and practice their art in the suburbs of Houston, Texas with their two children and three dogs. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Once In a Lifetime - Talking Heads We Are Family (Single Version) – Sister Sledge Stranglehold – Ted Nugent O Superman – Laurie Anderson Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Watch List Hillerbrand+Magsamen: Whole DIY Loveseat Accumulation Higher Ground ** If you lovemy show, please subscribe, rate and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandne...

58 MIN2015 JUN 9
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20: Collaborative Artists Hillerbrand+Magsamen

Latest Episodes

29: Artist & Textile Designer Dana Haim

The magic of nature, losing our sense of time, remembering to be grateful, getting into an exercise groove, and the joy of making pom poms! In this episode, I talk to artist and textile designer Dana Haim, whose mission is to spark joy through the creation of ethical, hand-made goods. She achievesthis and then some through her instructionalworkshops across the U.S. and strategic partnerships with local organizations in Mexico and Colombia (where her family is from), which allow her to weave social and environmental consciousness into her craft. Dana received her BA in textile design from theRhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her MA in design for Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins in London. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Pom Pom Play Girl (Session Highlights) [Instrumental Mix With Backing Vocals] – The Beach Boys Shake It Like a Pom Pom – Missy Elliot Pom Pom – Mozart La Para I Sl...

38 MIN2015 OCT 20
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29: Artist & Textile Designer Dana Haim

28: Emmy-nominated Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain

Brain power, the science of character, what connects us as human beings, and the always important weekly date night. In this episode, I talk to übermensch Tiffany Shlain, founder of The Webby Awards and creator of the AOL Originals series "The Future Starts Here." Her work adeptlyexplores the intersections of humanity, technology, science and culture. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Stream of Consciousness (Skratch Bastid Remix) - Afiara Quartet Delirious – Prince You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) [Original 7" Mix] – Dead or Alive I've Seen All Good People: A. Your Move, B. All Good People – Yes Daily News - Maps & Atlases Where Is the Line? – Björk Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Expanded Cinema, by Gene Youngblood Art & Physics, by Leonard Shlain The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, by Leonard Shlain Sex, Time & Power, by Leona...

32 MIN2015 SEP 29
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28: Emmy-nominated Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain

27: Visual Storytellers Faun Chapin & Meg Paradise | Guts & Glory

Nancy Drew, John Waters, Queen Bey, Helvetica – the perfume, and their dream of one day opening a speakeasy-inspired design studio. In this episode, I talk to Faun Chapin and Meg Paradise, the ginger-haired power duo behind Guts & Glory, a creative collective fueled by courage, vigor, character and oomph. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) First True Love Affair – Jimmy Ross No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys Helvetica (The American Dollar remix) – Arms and Sleepers Two Political Party – Terror Fabulous Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan The Dress Looks Nice on You – Sufjan Stevens Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Nancy Drew John Waters WatchList Meg & Faun on MSNBCtalking about their project "They Don't Work For You" Helvetica The Perfume:The Lovers Helvetica The Perfume:TheHaters ** If you lovemy show, please subscribe, rate and revie...

51 MIN2015 SEP 15
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27: Visual Storytellers Faun Chapin & Meg Paradise | Guts & Glory

26: SFGirlbyBay Blogger Victoria Smith

Fitness, friendship, driving fast, wearing kaftans, and comedians in cars getting coffee. In this episode, I talk to Victoria Smith, photographer, stylist, and editor of the internationally popular design blog sfgirlbybay, one of the west coast’s leading interior design blogs, with a faithful following that includes social media butterflies, top magazine editors, designophiles, and industry professionals. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Neighbor, Neighbor – ZZ Top Get Out of My House - The Streets Aperol Sunset - Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco Avalon – Roxy Music Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList See San Francisco: Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay, by Victoria Smith A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving The Razor’s Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham WatchList Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Amé...

32 MIN2015 AUG 18
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26: SFGirlbyBay Blogger Victoria Smith

25: Experimental Typographer Oded Ezer

Animated gifs, Arctic Monkeys, retreating to the sea, painting the moon, and eliminating nationalities in the name of living in harmony. In this episode, I talk to Oded Ezer, graphic artist, typographer, and conceptual artist (known as "Cat Chap"). Hefounded the Hebrew Typography type foundry in 2004, but is best known for his typographic design fiction projects, which have been exhibited at the V&A in London and MoMA in New York. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Typography – Jim Dandy Miles from Nowhere – Cat Stevens The Smile On Your Face - Little Ann Ludlow St. - Julian Casablancas Left Hand Free – alt-J Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Oded Ezer: The Typographer s Guide to the Galaxy, by Oded Ezer On Yona Wallach The Medium is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, by Gilles Deleuze WatchList 5 Films Ab...

44 MIN2015 AUG 4
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25: Experimental Typographer Oded Ezer

24: Craftivist Collective Founder Sarah Corbett

Mogwai, chocolate, embroidered hankies, cheeky puns, and sparking conversations about social justice one stitch at a time. In this episode, I talk to cross-stitcher and activist Sarah Corbett, who’s the founder ofCraftivist Collective, a global social enterprise that uses craft as a tool for gentle actions aimed at influencing long-term change. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - Carpenters The Craft - Blackalicious Going Down to Liverpool – The Bangles Two Rights Make One Wrong – Mogwai Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Craftivism, by Betty Greer Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell Don't Think Of An Elephant!, by George Lakoff Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story, by Frederik Peeters WatchList To Kill A Mockingbird ** If you lovemy show, please subscribe, rate and review in iTunes, or wherever ...

52 MIN2015 JUL 21
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24: Craftivist Collective Founder Sarah Corbett

23: Designer, Illustrator & Art Director Timothy Goodman

Kanye West, Lena Dunham, Chris Rock, personal mentors as catalysts for discovering your life's work, and breaking out of boxes that limit you. In this episode, I talk todesigner, illustrator and art director Timothy Goodman, who recently exhibitedartworksfrom "Memories of A Girl I Never Knew" at Colette in Paris, collaborated with Jessica Walsh on 40 Days of Dating, and wrote Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques & Ideas for Transforming Your World. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Highly Suspicious – My Morning Jacket Greenfield Morning/Seed of Joy/Life is a Struggle - RZA & Yoko Ono Colette – Orchestra Baobob Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac On Sight – Kanye West All My Love – Led Zeppelin Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World, by Timothy Goodman 40 Days of Dating: An...

39 MIN2015 JUL 7
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23: Designer, Illustrator & Art Director Timothy Goodman

22: Designer & Illustrator Don Clark

Vintage baseball gear, stackable monster toys, Scooby Doo, Foo Fighters, and blazing your own trail. In this episode, I talk todesigner and illustrator Don Clark, who foundedInvisible Creaturewith his brother Ryan in 2006.It'sa Grammy Award-nominated, multi-disciplinary creative studiohoused in a dreamyrefurbishedbarn just outside of Seattle. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Runners - Lecrae Space - M.I.A. Polyethylene, Pt. 1 & 2 - Radiohead The Pretender - Foo Fighters Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes ReadingList Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, by Andy Crouch The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics, by C. S. Lewis The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, by Kevin DeYoung (author) and Don Clark (illustrator) WatchList Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Mad Max (1979) ** If you lovemy show, please subscri...

31 MIN2015 JUN 23
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22: Designer & Illustrator Don Clark

21: Serial Social Entrepreneur Miki Agrawal

Threeessential questions aspiring social entrepreneurs need to ask themselves, gender equality, and innovating below the belt. In this episode, I talk to force of nature Miki Agrawal, author of Do Cool Sh*t and founder of Wild(a farm-to-table, gluten-free pizza concept in NYC), Thinx(period panties for modern women), and Tushy(a DIY bidet attachment for your toilet). Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Plugg – Lunachicks Entrepreneur - E-40 & Too $hort Boogie In Your Butt – Eddie Murphy Some Laid Back Cool Sh*t – Rob Swift Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Reading List Do Cool Sh*t Watch List The Thinx Story Meet Tushy ** If you lovemy show, please subscribe, rate and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com -->Find the show on Twitter: @brandnewways_ --> Send me an email: show@brandnewways...

28 MIN2015 JUN 16
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21: Serial Social Entrepreneur Miki Agrawal

20: Collaborative Artists Hillerbrand+Magsamen

Suburban fluxus, Wes Anderson films, carpet crop circles, and the complex (and often comedic) dynamics of family life within a consumer culture. In this episode, I talk to Hillerbrand+Magsamen, a husband and wife collaborative artistic team –Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen – who met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and now live and practice their art in the suburbs of Houston, Texas with their two children and three dogs. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Once In a Lifetime - Talking Heads We Are Family (Single Version) – Sister Sledge Stranglehold – Ted Nugent O Superman – Laurie Anderson Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Watch List Hillerbrand+Magsamen: Whole DIY Loveseat Accumulation Higher Ground ** If you lovemy show, please subscribe, rate and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandne...

58 MIN2015 JUN 9
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20: Collaborative Artists Hillerbrand+Magsamen
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