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A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica

By Dear Media  

Hosts Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, who you might know as the co-founders of the website Of a Kind (RIP!) or the co-authors of the book Work Wife, are all about discovery and enthusiasm. We've heard this weekly podcast described as a 'unique mix of urgent discussions of non-urgent things and thoughtful discussions of important, and often otherwise ignored, things,' and we're very much on board with that take.

Hosts Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, who you might know as the co-founders of the website Of a Kind (RIP!) or the co-authors of the book Work Wife, are all about discovery and enthusiasm. We've heard this weekly podcast described as a 'unique mix of urgent discussions of non-urgent things and thoughtful discussions of important, and often otherwise ignored, things,' and we're very much on board with that take.

 

#253

Jamie Beck on Creating in Isolation—and Us on Ditching “You Guys”

Big day, team! We’re catching up with our very favorite photographer, <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/jamiebeck.co/">Jamie Beck</a>, who moved to Provence, France, longer ago than we like to acknowledge and who has been creating all kinds of greatness recently—much of which you can even purchase for the first time. Friends, let’s dive in.   The linkage:   Ok, you have to <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/jamiebeck.co/">follow Jamie Beck on Instagram</a> for the full behind-the-scenes.   Jamie’s incredible <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/isolationcreation/"> #IsolationCreation project</a>, which she invited her community to contribute to (and, whoa, did people!).   Lucky us! Jamie started selling her work, in the form <a href= "https://jamiebeck.co/collections/all-posters">art posters</a> featuring her isolation creations—and there’s <a href= "https://jamiebeck.co/products/isolation-creation-signed-collectors-edition-finale-poster"> a signed, limited-edition finale poster</a> coming, too (along with phone cases, camera straps, fine art, stationery, journals, a couple books…).   You know about our <a href= "https://www.athingortwohq.com/secret-menu">Secret Menu</a>? Joining will get you a ~bonus~ members-only newsletter once a week.   Our DMs and voicemails are open! Get us at <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/athingortwohq/">@athingortwohq</a> or 833-632-5463.     Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

10 Aug 2020

41 MINS

41:30

10 Aug 2020


#252

Questioning Ambition

What is ambition anyway? And ambition toward what? Join us as we contemplate—and, frankly, give side-eye to—one of the driving forces of our lives.   The linkage:   WOW, <a href= "https://gen.medium.com/where-did-my-ambition-go-c800ab4ad01d"> Maris Kreisman’s “Where Did My Ambition Go?” essay</a>. (It’s probably worth following <a href= "https://twitter.com/mariskreizman">Maris on Twitter</a> too, while you’re at it.)   Tavi Gevinson <a href= "https://www.rookiemag.com/2018/11/editors-letter-86/">on shutting down Rookie</a>, and Grace Bonney <a href= "https://www.designsponge.com/2019/08/passing-the-baton-one-final-podcast-episode-about-closing-designsponge-and-good-company.html"> on shutting down Design*Sponge</a>.    The profiles of <a href= "https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/arts/music/dixie-chicks-gaslighter.html"> The Chicks</a> and <a href= "https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/07/cover-story-viola-davis"> Viola Davis</a> that resonated.   We want more from you! Get in touch at [@athingortwohq] (https://www.instagram.com/athingortwohq/) or 833-632-5463. If you want more from us, join <a href= "https://www.athingortwohq.com/secret-menu">Secret Menu</a>, which will get you a members-only newsletter once a week.   Give <a href= "https://www.noblecup.org/">Noble Cup</a>, Ethiopia’s first menstrual cup, a shot. YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

03 Aug 2020

35 MINS

35:52

03 Aug 2020


#251

That Quar Fitness Routine and the Magic of Shea Butter with Naa-Sakle Akuete

However many months in, we’ve found our fitnessing-at-home rhythms (which, no, do not involve dance cardio). Also! We’ve landed on a way to keep our very clean hands moisturized: shea butter, specifically the stuff from Eu’Genia Shea, and we clearly needed to talk to the company’s founder Naa-Sakle Akuete for the inside scoop.   The linkage:   Have thoughts? We want your DMs and VMs! Get us at <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/athingortwohq/">@athingortwohq</a> or 833-632-5463.   Online fitness stuff we’re now in long-term relationships with: <a href= "https://www.onepeloton.com/app">the Peloton app</a>, <a href= "https://melissawoodhealth.com/workout-with-me/">Melissa Wood Health</a> (which you can try out on <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/melissawoodhealth/channel/">her IGTV</a>), <a href= "https://www.revolutionmotherhood.com/">Revolution Motherhood</a>, <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/exercise_snacks/?hl=en">Exercise Snacks</a>, <a href= "https://www.skyting.com/">Sky Ting Live & TV</a>, and <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/katiecocopuffs/?hl=en">Kate Posch’s streaming yoga classes</a>.   Home equipment worth the investment (in money and space!): <a href= "https://shopbala.com/collections/bala-bangles">Bala Bangles</a>, <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+IR38L3pcuI_c3V7d-Wn4yA">Manduka cork yoga blocks</a>, the <a href= "https://exercisesnacks.world/">Exercise Snacks Snack Pack</a>, and a <a href= "https://jadeyoga.com/collections/yoga-mats/products/harmony-mat?variant=1197671536"> Jade Yoga Harmony mat</a>.      We’re so very into Naa-Sakle Akuete’s company [Eu’Genia Shea] (https://eugeniashea.com/) and its <a href= "https://mothersshea.com/apps/store-locator">stocked-at-Target</a> spinoff, <a href= "https://mothersshea.com/">Mother’s Shea</a>.   More <a href= "https://targetaccelerators.com/programs/takeoff/">info on the Target Takeoff Accelerator program</a> Naa-Sakle went through.    Other beauty brands Naa-Sakle wholeheartedly endorses: <a href= "https://www.sahajan.com/">Sahajan</a>, [One Love Organics] (https://rstyle.me/+TYcdg2n2u091nNhvkce-Cw) , <a href= "https://truemoringa.com/">True Moringa</a>, <a href= "https://kreyolessence.com/">Kreyòl Essence</a>, and <a href= "https://thrivecausemetics.com/">Thrive Causemetics</a>.     If you want more from us, let us direct you to <a href= "https://www.athingortwohq.com/secret-menu">Secret Menu</a>, which, for four bucks a month, gets you a members-only newsletter every dang week.   Dig into details on <a href= "https://successionstrength.com/">Succession Strength</a>. For 20% <a href= "https://successionstrength.com/solutions/">any of their business-planning products</a>, use the code ATHINGOR20. YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

27 Jul 2020

44 MINS

44:45

27 Jul 2020


#250

The Baby-Sitters Club and Dating in This Particularly Insane Time with Lindsey Metselaar

As two married gals getting older by the day, this ep feels like a real throwback. We’re talking babysitting and dating—the latter with Lindsey Metselaar, the savvy host of the <a href= "https://www.wemetatacme.com/">We Met at Acme</a> podcast who knows much more about the topic than we do at this point. Something we’re obviously NOT talking about: inviting the person you’re dating to the house you’re babysitting at without permission.   The linkage:   Do you know about our <a href= "https://www.athingortwohq.com/secret-menu">Secret Menu</a>? It’s our new thingy where, for $4 a month, you get access to a weekly members-only newsletters.   You’ve heard about <a href= "https://www.netflix.com/title/81005407">The Baby-Sitters Club Netflix reboot</a>? Course you have.   Further BSC reading: <a href= "https://www.vogue.com/article/netflix-baby-sitters-club-personal-reflection"> Michelle Ruiz for Vogue.com</a>, <a href= "https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/books/review/baby-sitters-club-ann-martin-raina-telgemeier-netflix.html"> Gal Beckerman for NYT</a>, [ Katie Baker for The Ringer] (https://www.theringer.com/tv/2020/7/2/21309649/baby-sitters-club-netflix-book-adaptation) , and [ The Hollywood Reporter] (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/how-baby-sitters-club-came-netflix-2020-landline-all-1301703) interview with the showrunner Rachel Shukert. Further listening: [The Baby-Sitters Club Club podcast] (http://babysittersclubclub.com/) !    Tune into Lindsey’s podcast <a href= "https://www.wemetatacme.com/">We Met at Acme</a> to get your regular dating updates and intel.   Add <a href= "https://thenewsette.com/friends/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=cross_promo&utm_campaign=Claire_Erica"> The Newsette</a> to your morning routine. Snag the latest issue of the health-and-arts mag <a href= "https://www.womanlymag.com/">Womanly</a>. YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

20 Jul 2020

41 MINS

41:03

20 Jul 2020


#249

Powdered SPF, Single-Blade Razors, and the Tyranny of Gas Stoves

Oh, it’s just us, with a little to say about a whole lot of things! There’s some playlisting, some cookbooking, some sunblocking, some angsting—you’ll see when you dive in.   The linkage:   We have a new thing! It’s called [Secret Menu] (https://www.athingortwohq.com/secret-menu) , and, for $4 a month, you get access to a very special members-only newsletter. Yes, intriguing.   Powdered SPF! We’re all about it, especially for babies, scalps, and pandemic scenarios when you definitely don’t want to be touching your face in public. <a href= "https://brushonblock.com/collections/order-brush-on-block/products/brush-on-block"> Brush On Block</a> is our new (translucent) go-to.   The source of our playlist-for-the-ages tip: the wonderful <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/catdash/">Cat Dash</a>. Related: Spotify’s <a href= "https://timecapsule.spotify.com/">Time Capsule</a> feature.   <a href= "https://twitter.com/hungover_the/status/1217268335638990848?lang=en"> The quick version</a> of what Claire refers to as the gospel theory of activism.   <a href= "https://courtney.substack.com/p/381-days?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cta"> A recent installment of Courtney Martin’s newsletter</a> and <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/p/CBgMs9HDyGo/">one of Mona Chalabi’s excellent graphics</a> compare the duration of the current BLM protests to the Montgomery bus boycott.   This Mother Jones article <a href= "https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2020/06/gas-industry-influencers-stoves/"> "The Gas Industry Is Paying Instagram Influencers to Gush Over Gas Stoves"</a> 1) is about so much more than that headline conveys and 2) got us RILED. Sigh, related: <a href= "https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/climate/climate-change-pregnancy-study.html?searchResultPosition=1"> Pregnancy risks related to air pollution disproportionately impact Black mothers</a>.   Our most recent book purchases by Black authors (for ourselves and for gifts!): <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780399581045">Vegetable Kingdom by Bryant Terry</a>, [The Dooky Chase Cookbook by Leah Chase] (https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780882896618) , [The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty] (https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780062379276) , [Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert] (https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780062941237) , and <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780062820259">Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender</a>.   The single-blade <a href= "https://www.ouithepeople.com/collections/shave">Oui razor</a>—so chic, so worth it! Read <a href= "https://www.glossy.co/beauty/the-black-funding-gap">this Glossy interview</a> with the founder Karen Young for more context (paid subscription required).   Check out the <a href= "https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/encyclopedia-womannica/id1464524725"> Encyclopedia Womannica</a> podcast! Every weekday, there’s a new, five-minute episode introducing game-changing women throughout history.   Wash your clothes with <a href= "https://celsious.com/">Celsious</a> and snag 15% off their eco-friendly laundry supplies with the code 15% ACLEANERTHINGORTWO. YAY.    Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

13 Jul 2020

34 MINS

34:01

13 Jul 2020


#248

Going Big on Big Friendship with Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

Um, aspirational friendship alert!! We’re bringing you THE Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, hosts of the podcast [Call Your Girlfriend] (https://www.callyourgirlfriend.com/) , brilliant minds behind [Shine Theory] (https://www.shinetheory.com/) , and authors of the book <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781982111908">Big Friendship</a> that all of your pals are going to be talking about on the group text. They’ve gotten practice writing—and talking—about the hard things in their relationship and working through conflict and, in doing so, are downright inspirational. But what’s new?   The linkage:   <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781982111908">Big Friendship</a>! Have you ordered your copy yet?!?!   If you aren’t consuming all that [Amina] (https://twitter.com/aminatou?lang=en) and <a href= "https://www.annfriedman.com/">Ann</a> create, get on that—starting with <a href= "https://www.callyourgirlfriend.com/">Call Your Girlfriend</a> and <a href= "https://www.shinetheory.com/">Shine Theory</a>.   To share any and all thoughts with us, DM us on IG at <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/athingortwohq/">@athingortwohq</a> or leave us a VM at 833-632-5463.   Subscribe to the <a href= "https://www.foldingchair.co/">Folding Chair</a> newsletter for a weekly rundown of underreported stories impacting Black lives.  YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

06 Jul 2020

45 MINS

45:17

06 Jul 2020


#247

House Shoes and Our Favorite Contemporary Novels by Black Authors

Slip on your comfiest shoes (ideally the ones that don’t go outdoors?) and get ready to curl up with a good book—or, rather, our enthusiastic endorsements of 26 novels by Black authors. YA and romance included, duh.   The linkage:   If you want more from us on Instagram, head to <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/athingortwohq/">@athingortwohq</a>. If you want to give us a ring, dial up 833-632-5463.   Some (Birkenstock-y) house-shoe picks: <a href= "https://www.birkenstock.com/us/arizona-eva/arizona-eva-eva-0-eva-u.html?dwvar_arizona-eva-eva-0-eva-u_color=3857"> Arizona Essentials EVA</a>, <a href= "https://www.birkenstock.com/us/boston-eva/boston-eva-eva-0-eva-u.html?dwvar_boston-eva-eva-0-eva-u_color=3720#cgid=women-sandals-beachsandals&region=EU&prefn1=refinementColor&prefv1=White&lastfilterset=white"> Boston Essentials EVA</a>, and <a href= "https://www.birkenstock.com/us/boston-suede-leather%2Ffur/boston-shearling-suedeleatherfur-0-eva-w.html?dwvar_boston-shearling-suedeleatherfur-0-eva-w_color=823#lang=en_US&q=shearling"> Boston Suede with Shearling</a>.     NOVELS BY BLACK AUTHORS! That we love! <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780525541905">Such a Fun Age</a> by Kiley Reid; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780525509714">Behold the Dreamers</a> by Imbolo Mbue; [The Idea of You] (https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781250125903) by Robinne Lee; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780399587665">The Wedding Date</a>, [The Proposal] (https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780399587689) , <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781984802194">The Wedding Party</a>, and more (!!) by Jasmine Guillory; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780385537070">The Nickel Boys</a> (and next up: <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780307455161">Sag Harbor</a>) by Colson Whitehead; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780525564201">My Sister, the Serial Killer</a> by Oyinkan Braithwaite; [American Spy] (https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780812988284) by Lauren Wilkinson; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780735221734">What We Lose</a> by Zinzi Clemmons; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781616208684">An American Marriage</a> and <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781616201425">Silver Sparrow</a> by Tayari Jones; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780399184529">The Mothers</a> (and next up: <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780525536291">The Vanishing Half</a>) by Brit Bennett; [Another Brooklyn] (https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780062359995) by Jacqueline Woodson; [Homegoing] (https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781101971062) (up next: <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780525658184">Transcendent Kingdom</a>) by Yaa Gyasi; [We Love You, Charlie Freeman] (https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781616206444) by Kaitlyn Greenidge; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780307455925">Americanah</a> and <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780307455918">The Thing Around Your Neck</a> by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.   YA NOVELS! <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780062662835">With the Fire on High</a> by Elizabeth Acevedo; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780062498533">The Hate U Give</a> and <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780062498564">On the Come Up</a> by Angie Thomas; <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780553496710">The Sun is Also a Star</a> and <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780553496673">Everything, Everything</a> by Nicola Yoon.   Listen to Tayari Jones on <a href= "https://ofakind.libsyn.com/episode-58-readingthings-round-four-silver-sparrow-with-author-tayari-jones"> our podcast</a> or on <a href= "https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/deathsexmoney/episodes/death-sex-money-tayari-jones"> Death, Sex & Money</a> (where she talks about getting a call from Oprah!).   Get your DIY fix with <a href= "https://sewsquad.com/">Sewsquad</a>. For free shipping on your first order, sign up for the newsletter. YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

29 Jun 2020

33 MINS

33:43

29 Jun 2020


#246

The Women Behind Omsom, Our New Kitchen Go-To, and Rethinking Instagram

What’s up over here? We’re still giving too much headspace to Instagram...but our perspectives are shifting. And we’re also eating some of our very best meals of quar, thanks to Vanessa and Kim Pham, the sisters behind <a href= "https://omsom.com/">Omsom</a> and its outrageously good Vietnamese, Thai, and Filipino sauces. Dig in?   The linkage:   Andrea Whittle <a href= "https://www.wmagazine.com/story/instagram-armchair-activism-influencers-protests/"> wrote about</a> whether the protests will change IG for W mag.   Whoa, did <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/p/CBD9IZbjxSj/">this @_nanders post</a> get the wheels turning about the WHY of sharing content that’s getting shared a lot.    We always love Mary H.K. Choi, and <a href= "https://open.spotify.com/episode/3YsqzivsvACihEW8xjopc2?si=RbapqmSMSqOIBj1yNJrF6g"> this ep of her Hey, Cool Life! pod</a> about optics and allyship really landed.   Another shout-out for <a href= "https://www.15percentpledge.org/">15 Percent Pledge</a>!   We are obsessed with [Kim and Vanessa Pham’s Omsom sauces] (https://omsom.com/) , made in collaboration with the NYC restaurants [Fish Cheeks] (http://www.fishcheeksnyc.com/) , <a href= "http://www.jeepneynyc.com/">Jeepney</a>, and [Madame Vo] (https://www.madamevonyc.com/) .   For more ideas on how to put Omsom sauces to excellent use, <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/omsom/">their Instagram</a> is a treasure trove.   Cookbooks endorsed by Vanessa and Kim (for reading as much as cooking): <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781579657673">I Am a Filipino by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad</a> and <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9781408890677">Dishoom: The First Ever Cookbook from the Much-Loved Indian Restaurant</a> by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar, and Naved Nasir.   Get us on Instagram at <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/athingortwohq/">@athingortwohq</a> or by phone at 833-632-5463.   Treat your hair to <a href= "https://nutrafol.com/">Nutrafol</a>—20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Learn more about <a href= "https://the-renee.com/">The Renée</a> and register for a maternal-health jam session. YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

22 Jun 2020

49 MINS

49:24

22 Jun 2020


#245

Pledging to Shop Better

The two of us are calling our reps, donating money, consuming so much news, researching our primary candidates...and also rethinking where we spend our money and the businesses that warrant our support. We have SO MANY THOUGHTS. Also: We’re giving a free ad spot a week to a Black-owned business. If you’re interested, drop us a line at <a href= "mailto:podcast@claireanderica.com">podcast@claireanderica.com</a>!   The linkage:   The <a href= "https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/samantha-ware-john-boyega-lea-michele/id1076377547?i=1000476875712"> Who? Weekly episode intro</a> that really spoke to us.   Check out the <a href= "https://www.15percentpledge.org/">15 Percent Pledge</a>, which <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/p/CAyttttJRSE/">the Brother Vellies designer Aurora James</a> started to urge major retailers to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses. But it applies to consumers, too!   Some places to find more Black-owned businesses to support: Instagram highlights (<a href= "https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17852663831060217/">1</a>, <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17856875335997903/"> 2</a>, and <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18064944952222251/"> 3</a>) from Erica, <a href= "https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IJjZ9LVwQTS4xXuTH_9wsSLoTDBHHli6vPJh5sHaLmw/edit?usp=sharing"> a spreadsheet compiled by Lingua Franca</a>, <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18031355626268864/"> restaurant spreadsheets via Helen Rosner’s IG</a>, <a href= "https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/g32732083/best-black-owned-beauty-brands/"> Julee Wilson’s list of 125 beauty brands</a>, <a href= "https://www.blackownedbrooklyn.com/">Black-Owned Brooklyn</a>, [Shoppe Black] (https://shoppeblack.us/) , <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/p/CA1Oy9QgXqG/">banks (and many other businesses!) from Amira Rasool’s IG</a>.   The Harvard Business School 2014 working paper <a href= "https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Supplemental%20Files/15-004%20HBS%20Working%20Paper%20Chart%20Deck_47695.pdf"> "The State of Small Business Lending"</a> that we cite a bunch.   For some abysmal venture-funding stats, read the Techcrunch article <a href= "https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/09/us-vc-investment-in-female-founders-hits-all-time-high/"> "US VC Investment in Female Founders Hits All-Time High"</a> and <a href= "https://www.forbes.com/sites/geristengel/2020/01/01/the-next-decade-will-bring-more-venture-capital-to-female-founders/#24ad351d6b0f"> this Forbes piece</a> that breaks down dollars for Black and Latinx women.   <a href= "https://www.theonion.com/protestors-criticized-for-looting-businesses-without-fo-1843735351"> This Onion headline (and whole story)</a> about private equity!!!   We’re all about shifting online book purchases to <a href= "https://bookshop.org/shop/athingortwo">Bookshop.org</a>.   Get in touch! On Instagram at [@athingortwohq] (https://www.instagram.com/athingortwohq/) or via phone at 833-632-5463.   Head to <a href= "http://bibliolifestyle.com/2020srg">BiblioLifestyle</a> for A+ book recs, and <a href= "http://bibliolifestyle.com/2020srg">subscribe today</a> to get their summer reading guide. Check out the stunning pottery from [Lolly Lolly Ceramics] (http://lolly-lolly.com/shop) , and <a href= "http://lolly-lolly.com/shop">get on the email list</a> to be first to hear about restocks. YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

15 Jun 2020

40 MINS

40:42

15 Jun 2020


#244

All Our Uncanny Valley Thoughts...And When You Need to Go to the Doctor

Have you all read <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780374278014">Uncanny Valley</a>? Because this episode is a long way of saying, “Wow, you really should.” We are bubbling over with thoughts about Silicon Valley, gender and tech, and Anna Wiener’s all-around exceptional writing. Oh, and we also have something to say about going to the doctor during these times, as people who’ve had to go on multiple occasions.   The linkage:   You got a dreamy VM you want to leave? 833-632-5463—come on.   Two companies doing a good job thinking about medical solutions during this time: <a href= "https://capsule.com/">Capsule Pharmacy</a> and [Thirty Madison] (https://urgentcare.thirtymadison.com/) , with its online urgent care.   A case for taking babes to the doctor: <a href= "https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/health/coronavirus-measles-vaccines.html"> this NYT story</a> about vaccine rates dropping among kids.   Breaking news alert: Erica is now the proud owner of <a href= "https://www.supermarketitaly.com/luxardo-maraschino-cherries-can-6-6-lbs"> the jumbo tin of Luxardo cherries</a> (and is stocked-up on <a href= "https://www.supermarketitaly.com/search.php?search_query=garofalo&section=product&_bc_fsnf=1&category=940"> her favorite GF pasta</a>, too). Put your Luxardos in <a href= "https://imbibemagazine.com/tom-collins/">a Tom Collins</a>!   Read o’ the week: <a href= "https://bookshop.org/a/1385/9780374278014">Uncanny Valley</a> by Anna Wiener. If you want a taste, it was excerpted in <a href= "https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/30/four-years-in-startups"> The New Yorker</a> (and also started as <a href= "https://nplusonemag.com/issue-25/on-the-fringe/uncanny-valley/"> an n+1 essay</a>).   Here’s the <a href= "https://www.thecut.com/2019/05/measles-for-the-one-percent.html"> “Measles for the One Percent” article from New York mag</a> that Claire references.    <a href= "https://medium.com/@rilka/an-exhaustive-reverse-glossary-of-the-65-oblique-references-in-anna-wieners-uncanny-valley-70961e9c5d81"> Glossary</a> of the references in the book if you wanna check your answers.   Such good writing about premiocre by <a href= "https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/04/its-all-so-premiocre/606775/"> Amanda Mull</a> and <a href= "https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2017/08/17/the-premium-mediocre-life-of-maya-millennial/"> Venkatesh Rao</a>!   Whip up some <a href= "https://sunbasket.com/athingortwo">Sun Basket</a>. Get $35 off your order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Treat your hair to <a href= "https://nutrafol.com/">Nutrafol</a>—20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

01 Jun 2020

44 MINS

44:36

01 Jun 2020


#243

How We’re Working Together Now and John Jannuzzi (Master of Creative Pursuits!)

You know who wrote <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+AbG7CWTE3oHD1NgY4Osg-A">the book on socks</a> (and started one of the best Tumblrs and bakes [internet-famous cookies] (https://jannuzziscookies.com/) )? <a href= "https://twitter.com/johnjannuzzi/">John Jannuzzi</a>, and he’s here to share his creative side-hustle tips (but not any of the burnt malted milk and Kit-Kat cookies—he’s keeping those for himself). Before we dive in, though, can we discuss long-distance collaboration between two people who live four blocks apart? Yes, we’re talking about us.   Visit <a href= "http://www.DailyHarvest.com">www.DailyHarvest.com</a> and use code ATHINGORTWO for $25 off your first Box! Also, visit <a href= "http://www.nyssacare.com">www.nyssacare.com</a> and use code ATHINGORTWO for 15% off your order!   The linkage:   We’ve picked up some good work habits from the book <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+YchPL5fxaxa0mw_mQ1AEug">Making Ideas Happen</a>.   Breaking snack news: <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+btMhitlxT8jxdTPiZZSlgw">The Daily Crave smoked gouda lentil chips</a> might be a wise bulk purchase (as they have been for Claire), and the makers of [Pretzel Perfection] (https://perfectionsnacks.com/) are <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/p/B-z0P__J6G-/">donating party mix to school districts and food banks</a>.   <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+AbG7CWTE3oHD1NgY4Osg-A">How to Wear Socks</a>! It’s John Jannuzzi’s new book. Feels very appropriate for dads ‘n grads, no?   <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+IAv4ZFEl1khshayQ5Qb_lg">Classic white Bombas</a>! John’s favorite socks.   Bring on the crazy glasses, fun socks, and nutty shoes: Per <a href= "https://nymag.com/strategist/article/strawberry-crocs-review.html"> The Strategist</a>, Strawberry Crocs are having moment.   John’s other creative undertakings: 1) his v. popular early-days Tumblr <a href= "https://textbook.tumblr.com/">Textbook</a> 2) his <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/user/omekoiks/featured">dance compilations</a> 3) <a href= "https://jannuzziscookies.com/">Jannuzzi’s Cookies</a>, batches of which go on sale every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (set a reminder!).   Oh, also: John is very active on both [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/johnjannuzzi/) and <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/johnjannuzzi/">Instagram</a>.   Two people John looks to for creativity guidance: <a href= "https://twitter.com/amandamull?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor"> Amanda Mull</a> (who is a staff writer at <a href= "https://www.theatlantic.com/author/amanda-mull/">The Atlantic</a>) and <a href= "https://twitter.com/choitotheworld?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor"> Mary H.K. Choi</a> (the author of <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+IPHvK7btJjTRSDc_0e-GXQ">Permanent Record</a> and <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+M8G5a-w6NHf_pscPpHo8GA">Emergency Contact</a> and host of the minipod <a href= "https://open.spotify.com/show/29Qk08pTL6B9LPRejivbS6?si=EtxXEd3bThOuzPBge9Wruw"> Hey, Cool Life!</a>).   You know we love our voicemails. 833-632-5463!   For anything else you might be looking for related to all of this, head over to <a href= "https://www.claireanderica.com/podcast">claireanderica.com</a>.   Stock your fridge with <a href= "http://dailyharvest.com/">Daily Harvest</a>—$25 off your first box with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

25 May 2020

50 MINS

50:30

25 May 2020


#242

Precious Condiments and Non-Zoom Ways to Be a Pal

We’re getting saucy—even more so than usual?—and dipping into the spreads, schmears, and drizzles we’re treating as essential supplements to our souls as well as our fridge-clearing batches of fried rice. Also! We’re coming at you with a bunch o’ thoughts on how to practice ~friendship~ right now, whether you prefer a postcard or a week-long game.   The linkage:   Condiment for us (and for you): [Chinkiang vinegar] (https://rstyle.me/+piRJR0ptDh7fnpaSV1FsMQ) , seasoned rice vinegar, mirin, <a href= "https://www.flybyjing.com/collections/frontpage/products/sichuan-chili-crisp?variant=31033340461114"> Fly by Jing sichuan chili crisp</a>, Marmite, hoisin, <a href= "https://www.eatseedible.com/shop">Seedible sesame butter</a>, Thai Kitchen curry paste, <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+8fd5C0oA0byJG1RxJlkhhQ">Iasa hot pepper in olive oil</a>, <a href= "https://italianfoodonlinestore.com/products/rose-marina-little-fish-with-hot-peppers-by-tutto-calabria-6-7-oz?variant=19711080104054&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping&gclid=CjwKCAjwte71BRBCEiwAU_V9h5Kc6BV8cWRNbR6KnyMWP9_ZBtdmI2QlhDsno1whRJlwo71HrHW05BoCSgQQAvD_BwE"> Tutto Calabria Rose Marina</a>, <a href= "https://mikeshothoney.com/collections/products/products/mikes-hot-honey"> Mike’s</a> or <a href= "https://redclayhotsauce.com/products/hot-honey">Red Clay</a> hot honey, <a href= "https://holyschmitts.com/collections/frontpage">Holy Schmitt’s horseradish</a> and <a href= "https://holyschmitts.com/products/holy-schmitts-hot-pepper-horseradish"> horseradish mustard</a>, and (drumroll) [Luxardo cherries] (https://rstyle.me/+OH469wUv19t8dg-KusM7GQ) , which are available in <a href= "https://www.supermarketitaly.com/luxardo-maraschino-cherries-can-6-6-lbs/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhtT1BRCiARIsAGlY51LygZ40yHdYuzarAXz0bJQVi0xNf55Hn1W3Cmt4HWoh70V-UlhqD6saAmCQEALw_wcB"> this large-format option</a>.    A couple recipe mentions: <a href= "http://www.milkandmode.com/2011/04/sauteed-greens-with-onions-and-soy.html"> sauteed greens with onions and soy sauce</a> and <a href= "https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1020993-tofu-and-green-beans-with-chile-crisp"> tofu and green beans with chile crisp</a>.    Breaking news alert: grapefruit updates!! We learned about a grapefruit-eating tactic from <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOB_-BCwCNs">a YouTube vid</a> (by way of the wonderful <a href= "https://deezlinks.substack.com/">Deez Links</a> newsletter), and we both ate up Connie Wang’s article for R29 <a href= "https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/05/9747262/asian-cut-fruit"> “Love in the Shape of Cut Fruit.”</a>   Friend activities: texting (or [Netflix Party] (https://www.netflixparty.com/) chatting) over a movie, a game of Mafia (magazine covers via [Canva] (https://www.canva.com/) quite optional), <a href= "https://www.bustle.com/p/how-to-throw-a-zoom-powerpoint-party-thatll-bring-your-next-presentation-to-life-22767512"> PowerPoint parties</a>, sending postcards (extra credit if it’s by letter of the alphabet!) or using <a href= "https://touchnote.com/us/">TouchNote</a> to do so, the [Marco Polo app] (https://www.marcopolo.me/) , stoop drop-offs, New Yorker crosswords in <a href= "https://www.newyorker.com/crossword/puzzles-dept/introducing-partner-mode-crosswords-for-the-age-of-social-distancing"> partner mode</a>, being a Mystery Reader for a kid, or, for the bold, singing theme songs—or any songs, really—via voice memo.   Voicemails! You wanna leave one? Great: 833-632-5463.   Take our survey, get coupon codes, etc., etc. at <a href= "https://www.claireanderica.com/podcast">claireanderica.com</a>.   Cook up <a href= "https://sunbasket.com/athingortwo">Sun Basket</a> goodness. $35 off your order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

18 May 2020

41 MINS

41:11

18 May 2020


#241

Seeking Comfort in Mugs, Mugs, Mugs, and Surprisingly Good Home Manicures

What does it say about us that we’re taking a great deal of pleasure in having a mug of something warm as a near-constant companion? You be the judge! Also for your consideration: a nail-painting tool, a line of chic retro dinnerware, a milk-frother, and an oddly satisfying timer to help get at least a couple to-dos checked off.   The linkage:   Oh, hey: <a href= "https://forms.gle/9iYbBFNYGviCVUhW7">Take our survey</a>!   We’ve been getting such good VMs, including the one at the end of this ep. If you want to join the fun: 833-632-5463.   Souvenir mugs we have or aspire to have: <a href= "https://www.goldbelly.com/russ-and-daughters/porcelain-coffee-cup?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-r71BRDuARIsAB7i_QORFhoxiWW4IQeFrzSdkxwnnve5hrH5b0XKJF_n7z7TApB4nrtc1IAaAn2dEALw_wcB"> Russ & Daughters</a> (they’ve discontinued the original), <a href= "https://www.hartsbrooklyn.com/store/product/harts-mug/"> Hart’s</a>, <a href= "https://shop.cafedumonde.com/product-category/kitchen-home/mugs/"> Cafe Du Monde</a>, and <a href= "https://www.veselka.com/store/product/coffee-mug/">Veselka</a>. Also, vintage art museum mugs! And why not just make some on Zazzle and Shutterfly for friends when the mood strikes? A good way to memorialize photos, good or embarrassing.   Makers of the pretty ceramic mugs we want to have and to hold: <a href= "http://www.mollyannebishop.com/portfolio">Molly Anne Bishop</a>, <a href= "http://www.btwceramics.com/ready-to-ship">BTW Ceramics</a>, Hasami Porcelain (There are two separate lines: <a href= "http://www.hasami-porcelain.com/about/en.html">one from Takuhiro Shinomoto, the founder of Tortoise General Store</a>, and <a href= "https://www.monosquare.com/collections/hasami">the other from Kyohei Baba</a>), <a href= "http://www.chloemaybrown.com/spring-shop">Chloe May Brown</a>, <a href= "http://www.risanishimori.com/shop">Risa Nishimori</a>, <a href= "https://www.knotworkla.com/category/porcelain-inlay-series"> Knotwork</a>, and <a href= "https://helenlevi.com/products/meadow-tumbler">Helen Levi</a>.    Bitty espresso cups! Splatterware enamel ones from <a href= "https://www.cabelas.com/product/GSI-Outdoors-Enamelware-Espresso-Cup/2324629.uts"> GSI Outdoors</a> and non-splatter enamel ones from <a href= "https://us.falconenamelware.com/products/espresso-cup"> Falcon</a> specifically.   Buy into the buzz of the <a href= "https://oliveandjune.com/products/the-poppy">Olive & June Poppy</a> for home nail-painting. This whole <a href= "https://oliveandjune.com/collections/nail-polish/products/the-starter-set"> Starter Set</a> excellent—love the EC polish, and the topcoat is as good as promised.   Some more background on <a href= "https://www.remodelista.com/posts/object-lessons-heller-dinnerware/"> Heller Dinnerware by Massimo Vignelli</a>. [DWR] (https://rstyle.me/+rbRcb3Nk-76_nuRFHSKRJA) sells the white version, and there’s tons of vintage on <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+130yEfKsC49ljwvoMuIMTw">Etsy</a>.   For more on the Pomodoro Technique, <a href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique">here you go</a>. Give <a href= "https://www.marinaratimer.com/">Marinaratimer.com</a> a try, or snag <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+U6waZtMrTgeoMjALGEoOMA">a cute tomato timer</a>.   Oh, you thought we were done with mug-related content? NOPE. We have <a href= "https://rstyle.me/+X9CWaEM45J1DM7e87_Mk3A">a very good milk frother</a> rec for you.   And visit <a href= "http://www.Nutrafol.com">www.Nutrafol.com</a> with Promo Code: ATHINGORTWO for 20% off your order!    Produced by <a href= "https://www.dearmedia.com">Dear Media</a> ... Read more

11 May 2020

39 MINS

39:11

11 May 2020