Episode #105

Kitchens, Spoons, Machin

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Saturday, December 02, 2000

Kurt Andersen and special guest film director and writer Nora Ephron talk about the cult and culture of the kitchen, from the evolution of its design to its inspiration for contemporary artists and poets. We’ll also explore the elegant utility of the spoon and hear one novelist’s passion for Cuban singer Antonio Machin.


Nora Ephron

Commentary: Season of Consumption

Kurt reflects on America’s rituals of cultural consumption during the holiday season. 


Design for the Real World: Spoon

Graphic designer Leslie Smolan on the functional beauty of the spoon.


Artist's Choice: Susanna Moore

For novelist Susanna Moore author of "My Old Sweetheart" and "The Whiteness of Bones," nothing rivals the magical appeal of 1940s Cuban singer Antonio Machin.


Special Guest: Nora Ephron

Kurt introduces our special guest, director and writer Nora Ephron.


Joy Harjo

The poet Joy Harjo reads "Perhaps the World Ends Here," from her collection The Woman Who Fell from the Sky. 


Evolution of the American Kitchen

Art Historian Elizabeth Cromley, chair of the Art and Architecture department at Northeastern University talks about how kitchens have changed in this country over the past century, reflecting changes in American family life.


Supermarket Tour

Kurt talks about the design of all of the stuff we put in our kitchens during a supermarket tour with Stephen Doyle, a graphic designer, and Gail Towey, who is creative director of Martha Stewart Living. 


Marge Piercy

"What's That Smell in the Kitchen?", a poem by Marge Piercy. 


Liza Lou

Reporter Robin Urevitch visits Liza Lou, an artist known for her elaborate beaded sculptures of domestic spaces, and they talk about her remarkable installation, "Kitchen."


Sound Portrait: Apple Pie

Food stylist and cookbook collector Rick Ellis bakes an apple pie from “The Virginia Housewife,” first published in 1824.