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Home Improvement? Nice Try!

Some of my favorite moments from the second season, where I explore the legacy and history of various home improvement products (which are really self improvement products).

Some of my favorite moments from the second season, where I explore the legacy and hist... more

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Curated byAvery Trufelman, Podcaster
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The Sweet Tones of the Doorbell

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A doorbell is not what I would consider a piece of technology. But it's actually the essential link between the domestic and public spheres. One of my favorite voices this episode was Robert Dobrin, a vintage doorbell collector and aficionado.
The Sweet Tones of the Doorbell

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How Vacuum Cleaners Pushed the Bounds of "Domestic" Labor

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Vacuum cleaners weren't always ubiquitous – and private – in the home; a century ago, rentable industrial-size vacuums roamed city streets. I speak with historian Ruth Cowan, author of More Work For Mother, about their history.
How Vacuum Cleaners Pushed the Bounds of "Domestic" Labor

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The Crock-Pot, "a Bridge Between Worlds"

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The crock-pot promises gourmet cooking, with the ease of convenience: cooks can have it all. It actually originated from a Lithuanian Jewish method of observing shabbat.
The Crock-Pot, "a Bridge Between Worlds"

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Weightlifting for the Common Good

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Working out at home used to be a source of embarrassment, until one of the first home fitness gurus, Bob Hoffman, came onto the scene. He promoted weightlifting in the early 20th century as a method of self improvement...in service to the nation.
Weightlifting for the Common Good

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Mattresses to Fulfill Your Dreams

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Mattresses promise a lot, from better sleep to higher productivity, even beauty and weight loss. They use everything from green tea to CBD to help you get there. But the thing about sleep is, a lot of it's a mind game.
Mattresses to Fulfill Your Dreams

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Toilet Paper Shortage? Try a Bidet!

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Bidets are hygienic, comfortable and convenient. So why aren't they more popular in the US? Why are we so afraid of our butts? I speak with some bidet manufacturers, historians, and, eventually, a Freudian expert.
Toilet Paper Shortage? Try a Bidet!

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The Legacy of the Typewriter

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I never wanted to be the kind of hipster who owned a typewriter. But one landed in my lap in a really unusual way. I speak with typewriter enthusiasts and experts to explore how typewriters shaped our modern society.
The Legacy of the Typewriter

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Curated byAvery Trufelman
7 CLIPS39 MINS

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