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2.1.16: Dead Presidents & Killer Heels

Brady Carlson
A statue of former President Rutherford B. Hayes one of the "City of Presidents" statues in Rapid City, SD.

After Iowans caucus tonight, the candidates will be back in New Hampshire, making a case for why they deserve to be president. The job's got plenty of perks, but it also means giving over your life, and your death. On today’s show, from mountainside monuments to commemorative sandwiches, we'll explore how America remembers its dead presidents.

Also today, high heeled shoes: mocked, coveted, and symbolic to feminists and fashionistas. We'll learn about the history of high heel shoes and why they haven’t always been a symbol of feminine status.

Listen to the full show:

Brady Carlson - Dead Presidents

In his new book Dead Presidents, author and NHPR Weekend Edition host Brady Carlson is an exuberant guide to presidential wishes, myths and monuments -- both official and forgotten -- and what dead presidents reveal about ourselves, our history, and how we imagine our past and future.

Brady will be at several events around New England to promote the book.

February 11th - 7:00pm

Gibson's Bookstore - Concord, NH

February 16th - 7:00pm

Water Street Bookstore - Exeter, NH | Book signing

February 17th - 7:00pm

Harvard Book Store - Cambridge, MA | Book signing

February 18th - 7:00pm

Barnes & Noble Fox Run Crossing - Newington, NH | Book signing

Click this link for information on other appearances in February.

Brady Carlson - Dead Presidents

This Bowl Tastes Delicious

Does your morning coffee taste better from your favorite mug? Does a bowl of pasta seem more appealing when it’s served on decorative plate? Science journalist Quentin Cooper met with some of the growing band of scientists who say that the food that we eat is just a small part of our dining experience. Plate size and color, what the cutlery is made of - even background sounds - can affect how we enjoy our food.

This production is part of the Stem Story Project, distributed by PRX and made possible with funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Killer Heels at the Currier Museum of Art

An extensive exhibition of centuries of historic and contemporary high heels -- from the whimsical to the sublime -- along with a series of short films is about to step out in NH. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is on view at the Currier Museum of Art beginning on February 6 and running through May 15th.

Samantha Cataldo, Assistant Curator at the Currier shares some highlights.

Killer Heels at the Currier Museum of Art

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