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By Secret Loft
A live-streamed interactive talk show hosted by Ariel and Alex, the cofounders of Secret Loft, a performing arts venue in NYC. Every week we cover a new theme and chat with special guests.
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Friends of Dorothy - The Wonderful History of the Wizard of Oz
This week we're talking about the Wizard of Oz, from the original novel to the classic technicolor film, the cultural impact, Judy Garland's legacy, and adaptations like The Wiz and Wicked.
01:31:08
June 17, 2021
Now That is One Fantastic Beast! - True Stories of Mythical Creatures
This week we're talking about the history and explanations behind various mythical creatures, from the Anansi to Zombies.
01:32:26
June 10, 2021
Pigment of Your Imagination - The History of Colors and Color Theory
This week we're talking about the history, physics, and biology of colors, from Isaac Newton to Mantis Shrimp. We talk about the color wheel and have a showdown between CMYK and RGB color mixing.
01:22:13
June 3, 2021
Pink Flamingos and Notes on Camp
This week we're discussing Susan Sontag's essay, "Notes on Camp." We talk about the history of the camp aesthetic from dandyism to Dapper Dan and debate which pop culture icons are intentional vs. unintentional camp.
01:36:04
May 27, 2021
A Norse to be Reckoned With - Norse Mythology
This week we're talking about the history of Scandinavia and Norse Mythology - Thor, Odin, Loki, Freyja, and the rest of the pantheon.
01:16:32
May 20, 2021
I Was Rooting for Us! - The History of Houseplants
This week we're talking about houseplants, the history of gardens, succulent husbandry, and shady botanists.   Recorded live at Secret Loft, May 12, 2021 http://secretloftnyc.com/ Alex Neuhausen @wiresofnyc Ariel Iasevoli @ariel.ist
01:35:23
May 13, 2021
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
This week we're talking about the origin of Cinco de Mayo - the victory of Mexican troops over the French army at the battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Second French Intervention in Mexico. We also discuss the commercialization of the holiday by American beer companies and the delusional plight of the hipster emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. Plus, we're tasting/smelling some Mexican cervezas.
01:17:28
May 6, 2021
Science Fiction Addiction
This week we're talking about the history of science fiction! From The Tempest to Tron, we'll talk about our favorite authors, directors, and characters. Recorded April 28, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:40:34
April 29, 2021
Once Upon a Time... The History and Dark Original Versions of Famous Fairy Tales
This week we're talking about the history of fairy tales. From the salons of Europe to your favorite Disney adaptations, we'll talk about the gritty original stories before they were toned down for the kids. Recorded April 21, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:21:16
April 22, 2021
Down the Rabbit Hole! - A Trip Through the History of Drugs
This week we're talking about the history of drugs, from amphetamines to Xanax. From ancient ayahuasca ceremonies to smoking legalized spliffs on the front steps of the NYPD headquarters, humans have always consumed mind-altering chemicals. We talk about the history, the science, and our own personal experiences. Filmed April 14, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:59:04
April 15, 2021
Money, Success, Fame, Glamour! - The History of NYC Nightclubs
This week we're talking about the history of NYC Nightclubs! From Mancuso's Loft to Schrager's Studio 54, from the party monsters of The Limelight to the hipsters of Webster Hall. Filmed April 7, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:45:00
April 8, 2021
Get Sprung for Easter (Ostara)!
This week we're talking about Spring and the origins of Easter, including Ishtar, Ēostre, Passover, Easter, Jesus, Judas, Fabergé and Peeps!
01:41:54
April 1, 2021
Snatch the Gold! - The Olympics
This week we're talking about the history of the Olympics. From racing in the nude to swimming in the Seine, and how to score a perfect 10! Recorded March 24, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
02:06:00
March 25, 2021
Ahoy Matey, A Pirate's Life for Us!
This week we're navigating our ship through the history of pirates! From ancient pirate queens to dark web and Silk Road fiends.
01:45:45
March 18, 2021
On Pointe! - The History of Ballet
This week @dr.wires and @ariel.ist discuss Louis XIV’s love for calves and red shoes, Marie Taglioni’s silhouette inspiring scoliosis, the hottest swan in Matthew Bourne’s lake, and so much more!
01:42:16
March 11, 2021
Space Odyssey 2021
This week we're talking about space! Covering astronomers, astronauts, aliens and other out of this world phenomena.
01:34:27
March 4, 2021
By Zeus! - Greeking Out on Mythology
This week we're talking about Greek Mythology. Jealous gods, sexy nymphs, confused mortals - it's a mess of epic proportions! Recorded February 24, 2021 Produced by @secretloftnyc Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:48:14
February 25, 2021
Bomb the System! - Street Art
This week we're talking about the history of street art and graffiti. Recorded February 17, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:39:17
February 18, 2021
Cunning Linguists - A Dating Game with Romantic Poets
A rose by any other name...this week we're talking about the romantic poets that give us heart-ons.
01:39:54
February 11, 2021
Abracadabra! - The History of Magic
Abracadabra! This week we're talking about the history of magic and famous magicians like Harry Houdini, David Blaine, and Adelaide.
01:39:58
February 4, 2021
Work the Runway! - The History of Fashion
Work it! This week we're talking about the history of fashion and famous designers from Worth to Wang.
02:05:53
January 28, 2021
Emergency! - The History of Medicine
On this week's show we talk about the history of medicine, dead whale saunas, and exciting new mRNA vaccines.
02:00:57
January 21, 2021
A New High Score! - The History of Video Games
This week we're talking about video games - the history of Nintendo, the documentary King of Kong, and we check in with video game voice actor Dave Gelles and former Top 10 PUBG Champion Robin French.
01:56:16
January 18, 2021