Sinopsis

How do the objects we love define us? What can we learn from the things we treasure? And how can we discover a life story through those objects? Five Things, from 89.3 WFPL and Louisville Public Media, explores those questions and more.

Episodios

  • Musician Clarence Bucaro has a two-person book club... with his mom

    Musician Clarence Bucaro has a two-person book club... with his mom

    07/03/2019 Duración: 44min

    Clarence Bucaro is a singer-songwriter and a one-time stay-at-home dad. He's been making albums since 2000, with some twists and turns along the way. He's also in a two-person book club with his mom. #goals +

  • A Life Update from (Pastor) Joe Phelps

    A Life Update from (Pastor) Joe Phelps

    21/02/2019 Duración: 24min

    This week’s episode is an update from one of our previous guests, Joe Phelps. He was originally on the show in May of 2017, when he spoke about the unexpected loss of his son, his work as pastor of Highland Baptist Church, and that one time he got to hang out with Bruce Springsteen. It’s still one of my very favorite episodes we’ve ever done. Last fall, I reached out to him for a follow-up conversation, because I had heard he had retired from Highland Baptist, and I was curious about what he was doing.

  • NYC Doorman Mario Landa Loves Tattoos and Tatooine

    NYC Doorman Mario Landa Loves Tattoos and Tatooine

    07/02/2019 Duración: 43min

    I met Mario Landa probably 15 years ago, when he was the doorman in my apartment building in New York City. For five years, I saw him almost every single day. If you’re not familiar with what a doorman does, we’ll talk more about that in this interview. Spoiler: it’s a lot more than opening a door. We’ve kept in touch since I moved away from the city, and last summer I sat down with him in his apartment to do this interview. He cracked open a couple of beers, and his two little dogs scurried around at our feet.

  • A Life Update from Musician Ben Sollee

    A Life Update from Musician Ben Sollee

    24/01/2019 Duración: 20min

    Musician Ben Sollee, who was first on the show in September 2017, gives us an update on his new daughter, his new day job, and his new side gigs. It's a lot.

  • Writer Minda Honey on relationship advice and the very best rice cooker

    Writer Minda Honey on relationship advice and the very best rice cooker

    10/01/2019 Duración: 39min

    Writer Minda Honey has an advice column for Louisville's LEO Weekly, and she's working on a memoir about her dating life. She also really, really loves her rice cooker.

  • Civil rights attorney Dan Canon is still a musician at heart

    Civil rights attorney Dan Canon is still a musician at heart

    13/12/2018 Duración: 40min

    As an attorney, taking a case to the Supreme Court is about the highest goal one can aspire to -- and then actually winning that case, and helping change the lives of millions of Americans... it's a huge achievement. So what's a fellow to do next? If you're Indiana lawyer Dan Canon, and you just helped make marriage equality legal in all 50 states, it looks like this: make a run for Congress, while still maintaining a law practice, cooking for a growing family, and maybe picking up a guitar once in a while.

  • Poet Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones, finds freedom after viral success

    Poet Maggie Smith, author of "Good Bones," finds freedom after viral success

    29/11/2018 Duración: 40min

    It’s not often that a poem goes viral. But it happened in 2016, with “Good Bones” by Maggie Smith. I won’t read it for you now, but it’s short and you can find it online with a quick search. It speaks to anyone who’s concerned about the current state of our world -- which is probably most of us. It’s honest, and hopeful, and feels like a friend taking your arm, maybe a little bit too firmly, and saying, “We can get through this.” So I was delighted when I was asked to interview Maggie at the Writers’ Block Festival, an annual gathering put on by Louisville Literary Arts. She and I were onstage at Spalding University’s College Street Building on a Saturday morning, in front of an appreciative audience of writers, poets, agents, and publishers.

  • Checking in with Emily McCay

    Checking in with Emily McCay

    22/11/2018 Duración: 19min

    Checking in with Emily McCay, who was a guest on this podcast in July of 2017. She was known around Louisville as "The Diaper Fairy," because of her cloth diaper business of the same name, which had also grown into a store and a community center for new parents. When we spoke last summer, she was in remission from acute myeloid leukemia.

  • Gilda Wabbit, the opera-singing drag queen from Kentucky

    Gilda Wabbit, the opera-singing drag queen from Kentucky

    15/11/2018 Duración: 36min

    Today’s guest has two personalities, in a way -- in daily life, he’s Samuel Penn, 26 years old, grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, then moved to New York City. He’s also a drag queen, named Gilda Wabbit, with huge hair, long fingernails, a big voice and a pretty filthy mouth. www.gildawabbit.com

  • Mindy Thomas wants to WOW you with her tiny hands

    Mindy Thomas wants to WOW you with her tiny hands

    01/11/2018 Duración: 34min

    Our guest is Mindy Thomas, host of "Wow in the World," a podcast for kids about science from NPR, and "Absolutely Mindy" from Sirius XM. Her actual hands aren't particularly tiny but she has some fake ones that have come in... handy. (Sorry not sorry.)

  • Playwright Idris Goodwin on Cassius Clay, Alice Waters, and Frankenstein

    Playwright Idris Goodwin on Cassius Clay, Alice Waters, and Frankenstein

    18/10/2018 Duración: 37min

    Idris Goodwin is a playwright and the (new) Artistic Director of StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville. Listen to find out what a breakbeat poet is, how a cookbook is like a play script, and his complicated relationship with Mary Shelley.

  • Murder By Deaths Adam Turla Likes Being At Home

    Murder By Death's Adam Turla Likes Being At Home

    04/10/2018 Duración: 35min

    A dog, a houseplant, an old car for driving around town. These are the things valued by a busy touring musician-slash-restauranteur.

  • How to give away your most valued possession, with writer and meditation teacher Susan Piver

    How to give away your most valued possession, with writer and meditation teacher Susan Piver

    20/09/2018 Duración: 43min

    I first “met” writer Susan Piver when I read her book, “The Hard Questions: 100 Questions to Ask Before You Say ‘I Do’” which I recommend as an excellent guidebook for talking with your significant other before taking that big step. Later, I learned that she was a Buddhist and a meditation teacher, and I had the opportunity to spend some time with her in person at a retreat center. But don’t assume that her whole life has been blissful and super-chill -- she’s got some stories to tell.

  • Physicist, psychoanalyst, and Holocaust survivor Izio Rosenman

    Physicist, psychoanalyst, and Holocaust survivor Izio Rosenman

    06/09/2018 Duración: 38min

    Izio Rosenman is 83 years old, he was born in Poland, he spent his childhood in the Buchenwald concentration camp, and he has lived in Paris since the camp was liberated. Professionally, he was a physicist, a psychoanalyst, and an anthropologist. He 's got some thoughts on life.

  • Quick update: new episodes coming Sept. 6!

    Quick update: new episodes coming Sept. 6!

    24/08/2018 Duración: 39s

    Hey, it's Tara, here with a quick update. I know this feed has been quiet for the past little while, and I'm here to let you know that the next season of Five Things is coming up really soon! I've been working this summer on seeking out some extraordinary guests to interview, and I think you'll really enjoy hearing what I have in store. Starting September 6th, I'll have conversations with fascinating people including an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor, a drag queen, a lawyer who ran for Congress, a Buddhist meditation teacher who used to be part of the Guardian Angels -- and more. So, sit tight, thanks for listening, and I'll see you back here on September 6th.

  • Dont try to shop for Bullseye host Jesse Thorn

    Don't try to shop for "Bullseye" host Jesse Thorn

    31/05/2018 Duración: 41min

    Jesse Thorn, of NPR's "Bullseye" as well as "Jordan, Jesse, Go!" and "Judge John Hodgman," tells us about the highly idiosyncratic objects that sum up his highly idiosyncratic life. I recently learned that he is a devotee of "Antiques Roadshow," and I knew I needed to get him on Five Things. **Programming note: this is the last episode of the season! We're taking a break for the summer and will be back in the fall. In the meantime, might I suggest you peruse our archives? I bet your new favorite episode is just sitting there, unlistened. :)

  • Angela Davis Knits Her Life Together

    Angela Davis Knits Her Life Together

    24/05/2018 Duración: 35min

    This week’s guest is Angela Davis, a schoolteacher whose primary teaching tool is knitting needles. And this conversation between us arose from her first item -- I saw her at the theatre, wearing a gorgeous coat, and I had to ask her about it.

  • School librarian Lindsy Serrano isnt judging you

    School librarian Lindsy Serrano isn't judging you

    17/05/2018 Duración: 36min

    This week, we’ll hear from a woman whose job is to get kids psyched up about reading. And through that job, she met her hero.

  • Writer Leesa Cross-Smith is Quietly Radical

    Writer Leesa Cross-Smith is Quietly Radical

    10/05/2018 Duración: 36min

    Writer Leesa Cross-Smith is based in Louisville, and she’s just published her first novel, "Whiskey and Ribbons." Find out why she considered it a radical act to tell the story in the way she did, what’s her secret weapon when it comes to getting writing done, and the tweet so good… she put it on a coffee mug. http://www.leesacrosssmith.com/ https://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/1353-ain-t-half-bad

  • Musician Joe Henry makes coffee for everybody

    Musician Joe Henry makes coffee for everybody

    03/05/2018 Duración: 39min

    My guest this week is one of my very favorite musicians, Joe Henry. His brother Dave was one of my first guests on this show, and I was thrilled when Joe agreed to take part as well. He’s just released his fourteenth studio album, called “Thrum,” and he’s also produced records for a lot of amazing musicians, including Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Ani DiFranco, and Allen Toussaint. He’s co-written songs with Roseanne Cash and with Madonna -- who happens to be his sister-in-law.

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