Ruth Faison Shaw Is The Founding Mother Of Fingerpaint (Cool Weird Awesome 403)

Today is the birthday of Ruth Faison Shaw, an art teacher who spotted a kid smearing iodine on the school walls and saw a way kids could express themselves. Plus: art is alive and well in cats, or at least in a photographer taking portraits of cats going wild for - and sometimes on - catnip.

By |2020-10-15T07:52:06-04:00October 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

How The Baby Sitters Club Became The Book Series All The 80s Kids Were Reading (Cool Weird Awesome 333)

Netflix is about to release a show based on The Baby-Sitters Club I used to re-shelve all the time at the public library where I worked. Here's the story of how the series came to life.

A Big-Time Librarian Kept “Goodnight Moon” Off The Shelves For 25 Years (Cool Weird Awesome 215)

The New York Public Library released a list of its top 10 all-time most borrowed books. One book you won’t find on the list is “Goodnight Moon.” Despite being one of the most iconic children’s books of its time, the New York Public Library didn’t have a copy for decades, because an influential librarian didn’t like it. Plus: the amazing origins of Silent Record Week!

By |2020-01-14T06:49:03-05:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Old-School Internet And More, As Brady Guest Hosts Word of Mouth

Nice to be back guest hosting NHPR's Word of Mouth! Today's show includes a look at the new book "Beautiful Souls" by Eyal Press, Chad Lambert's new graphic novel about the history of "Saturday Night Live,"

By |2019-10-17T09:17:48-04:00May 5th, 2012|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |