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2.19.15: Poor Teeth, Teaching The Art Of Listening, & Art Before Breakfast

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While the U.S. leads the world in dental innovation, many Americans are unable to afford basic dental care, and as a result, suffer from health and psychological consequences. On today’s show: the high price of poor teeth.

Then, stretching your artistic muscles has been shown to reduce stress and increase positive thinking, but for many people, being more creative sounds like an arduous task. We’ll talk to an artist who makes a bold case for dropping the excuses, and picking up the sketchpad.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

Poor Teeth

  • Sarah Smarsh is a journalist, public speaker and educator. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The Guardian and others. She wrote about the shame of “Poor Teeth” in a rich world, for Aeon.

Poor Teeth

Sound in Focus: Teaching Kids the Art of Listening

  • Part Mythbusters, part Blue Man Group, and part Bill Nye the Science Guy – that’s one way to describe Mike Alberici’s program Sound in Focus, which teaches kids to listen. Word of Mouth Intern Fiona Shea has the story. 
  • Read more about this story and see photos at this link.

Sound in Focus: Teaching Kids the Art of Listening

Art Before Breakfast

Art Before Breakfast

Our attempts at a quick hand drawing:


The Chelsea Hotel

  • Originally conceived of as a socialist utopian commune, The Chelsea Hotel in New York City became an incubator for creativity. The hotel’s lax leasing agreements allowed artists from Jackson Pollock to Arthur Miller to Sid Vicious to live cheaply alongside other artists, writers and musicians. Producer Sara Fishko brings us the story of the legendary address.

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