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The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secrets we can only glimpse and mysteries we can never completely answer. The stories may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; this is a looking glass, a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?”

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How much paper is printed every day? Who's designing it and who's keeping on tabs on how much we have? Featuring interviews with crossword constructor Matt Gaffney and Steven Peterman of The Sketchbook Project. Learn more at <a href="https://www.ephemeral.show/episode/sketch-puzzle">ephemeral.show</a><br><br><br><br>
Jun 24, 2019
What if you had a song stuck in your head, but had no way to find out anything about the artist? The mystery of an unlabelled record unravels year-over-year. Featuring an interview with reel-to-reel tape collector Bob Purse of the blog <a href="https://inches-per-second.blogspot.com/">Inches Per Second</a>. Learn more at <a href="https://www.ephemeral.show/episode/reputation">ephemeral.show</a>
Jun 17, 2019
In their four story brownstone at the corner of Fifth Avenue &amp; 128th Street, the Collyer brothers sealed themselves up through the Great Depression, both World Wars, and as Harlem shifted from a rich white suburb to a poor black slum. In the cavernous dwelling, the pair amassed "one of the world’s legendary collections of urban junk." Two-hundred tons of junk by the end. Featuring memoirist Franz Lidz. Learn more at <a href="https://www.ephemeral.show/episode/brothers">www.ephemeral.show</a>
Jun 10, 2019
At the outset of commercial television, there were just four networks. Three you’ve heard of – they are still around today. The fourth is almost entirely forgotten. Featuring an interview with media historian David Weinstein of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at <a href="https://www.ephemeral.show/episode/dumont-BTcbN">www.ephemeral.show</a>
Jun 03, 2019
You’re telling me people actually like this old stuff? What is ephemera and why is it worth studying? Interview with Sarah Wasserman, professor of Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. Learn more at <a href="https://www.ephemeral.show/episode/ephemawhat">ephemeral.show</a>
May 27, 2019
What makes American music American? If the history book is written, what chapters are missing? Featuring music researcher Ian Nagoski of Canary Records. Learn more at <a href="https://www.ephemeral.show/episode/diaspora">ephemeral.show</a>
May 20, 2019
Found objects – misplaced artifacts of mysterious origins – can be sources great of inspiration. Learn more at <a href="https://www.ephemeral.show/episode/pilot">ephemera.show</a>
May 20, 2019
Trailer: Answering Machine
Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and intangible, that you wish you could take just one more look at before they vanish into the past. Learn more at <a href="https://www.ephemeral.show/episode/trailer">ephemeral.show</a>
May 13, 2019