Things get sweaty and messy in the closet with guest number five Amanda DeLeo, necessitating more than the usual number of “bleeps.” Under discussion are the benefits of Pennsylvania versus Amanda’s home state of Florida, the benefits of physical and spiritual fitness, the benefits of various sorts of recovery and how they can be mutually complimentary, the benefits of deep breathing (and what it sounds like), the benefits of community, and the benefits of getting in trouble with the law. Amanda and Jeff discover that they both set out initially to become doctors, and share about how and why they each re-invented themselves otherwise. Amanda provides a post-interview inspiration for the song of the week by sending Cynthia a link to the song “Chinese New Year” by SALES, from which the back-beat to “let’s talk about…” is culled. Additional inspiration for the song of the week is drawn from “Let’s Talk About Sex” by Salt-N-Pepa, “Let’s Get Physical” by Olivia Newton-John, “Get On Up” by James Brown, “Give Me Back My Name” by the Talking Heads, and the current media circus surrounding Republican and Democratic National Conventions (the latter taking place currently in, yes it’s true, Philadelphia.)
The benefits of de-cluttering are noted in relation to good comedy, tiny houses, clean waterways, and economy of verse.
This week we welcome Guest Number Four, teacher of many things including yoga, theater of the oppressed, social activism, and just plain getting along better with one another Morgan Andrews (whom Cynthia considers “her” yoga teacher.) Morgan reveals the many reasons he decided to move to Philadelphia years ago (having grown up mostly in Boston but partly in his father’s Sufi community in West Philadelphia) and the ways in which his life and practices (creative and otherwise) expanded upon arriving here. He also reveals that the yoga studio where he teaches and Cynthia practices (Studio 34) was started by the owner of the house attached to the house Cynthia and Jeff now inhabit (their house’s “twin”) and that originally yoga classes were taught IN that house!! Furthermore Morgan reveals what he traveled to India to study (not yoga,) why Studio 34 is called Studio 34, who Augusto Boal was and what movement he started and why, and what some uses of puppetry are. Finally, Morgan supplies the inspiration for the song of the week, a cross-breeding between a Bengali folk song and “Fairytale in the Supermarket” by The Raincoats.
This week we welcome guest number 3, brilliant costume designer Tara Webb (responsible for the costumes in the Accidental Trilogy) who relocated to Philadelphia seven years ago and passes along her suggestions of fun Philly adventures including a nature preserve, excellent hiking options, and the mummers parade. Some questions under discussion include: What is a mummer? How did Tara turn a shapeless flame-retardant suit into a flashy futuristic outfit? What was the first costume she ever made? How did she end up being a costume designer when she at first resisted learning how to sew? How many sewing machines does she now have, how many did she used to have, and why did she give so many away? What is the highest quality sewing machine? Does she prefer collaboration or complete autonomy when hired as a designer? What are the pros and cons of being a freelance designer, anyhow? Did everyone realize you can create an imaginary shield outfit to ward off anyone you’d like to ward off, and you can design and build it all in your mind without ever learning to sew? And would anyone like to commission a book on how to survive as a freelance designer, co-written by Jeff and Tara? How about a folk song very loosely based on the pop hit “video killed the radio star”? You got it.