Five Things How do the objects we love define us? What can we learn from the things we treasure? And how can we discover a life story through those objects? Five Things, from 89.3 WFPL and Louisville Public Media, explores those questions and more.
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How do the objects we love define us? What can we learn from the things we treasure? And how can we discover a life story through those objects? Five Things, from 89.3 WFPL and Louisville Public Media, explores those questions and more.More from Five Things »

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Poet Maggie Smith, author of "Good Bones," finds freedom after viral success

It's not often that a poem goes viral. But it happened in 2016, with "Good Bones" by Maggie Smith. I won't read it for you now, but it's short and you can find it online with a quick search. It speaks to anyone who's concerned about the current state of our world — which is probably most of us. It's honest, and hopeful, and feels like a friend taking your arm, maybe a little bit too firmly, and saying, "We can get through this." So I was delighted when I was asked to interview Maggie at the Writers' Block Festival, an annual gathering put on by Louisville Literary Arts. She and I were onstage at Spalding University's College Street Building on a Saturday morning, in front of an appreciative audience of writers, poets, agents, and publishers.

Poet Maggie Smith, author of "Good Bones," finds freedom after viral success

Checking in with Emily McCay

Checking in with Emily McCay, who was a guest on this podcast in July of 2017. She was known around Louisville as "The Diaper Fairy," because of her cloth diaper business of the same name, which had also grown into a store and a community center for new parents. When we spoke last summer, she was in remission from acute myeloid leukemia.

Gilda Wabbit, the opera-singing drag queen from Kentucky

Today's guest has two personalities, in a way — in daily life, he's Samuel Penn, 26 years old, grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, then moved to New York City. He's also a drag queen, named Gilda Wabbit, with huge hair, long fingernails, a big voice and a pretty filthy mouth. www.gildawabbit.com

Mindy Thomas wants to WOW you with her tiny hands

Our guest is Mindy Thomas, host of "Wow in the World," a podcast for kids about science from NPR, and "Absolutely Mindy" from Sirius XM. Her actual hands aren't particularly tiny but she has some fake ones that have come in... handy. (Sorry not sorry.)

Playwright Idris Goodwin on Cassius Clay, Alice Waters, and Frankenstein

Idris Goodwin is a playwright and the (new) Artistic Director of StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville. Listen to find out what a breakbeat poet is, how a cookbook is like a play script, and his complicated relationship with Mary Shelley.

Playwright Idris Goodwin on Cassius Clay, Alice Waters, and Frankenstein

Murder By Death's Adam Turla Likes Being At Home

A dog, a houseplant, an old car for driving around town. These are the things valued by a busy touring musician-slash-restauranteur.

How to give away your most valued possession, with writer and meditation Susan Piver

I first "met" writer Susan Piver when I read her book, "The Hard Questions: 100 Questions to Ask Before You Say 'I Do'" which I recommend as an excellent guidebook for talking with your significant other before taking that big step. Later, I learned that she was a Buddhist and a meditation teacher, and I had the opportunity to spend some time with her in person at a retreat center. But don't assume that her whole life has been blissful and super-chill — she's got some stories to tell.

How to give away your most valued possession, with writer and meditation Susan Piver

Physicist, psychoanalyst, and Holocaust survivor Izio Rosenman

Izio Rosenman is 83 years old, he was born in Poland, he spent his childhood in the Buchenwald concentration camp, and he has lived in Paris since the camp was liberated. Professionally, he was a physicist, a psychoanalyst, and an anthropologist. He 's got some thoughts on life.

Quick update: new episodes coming Sept. 6!

Hey, it's Tara, here with a quick update. I know this feed has been quiet for the past little while, and I'm here to let you know that the next season of Five Things is coming up really soon! I've been working this summer on seeking out some extraordinary guests to interview, and I think you'll really enjoy hearing what I have in store. Starting September 6th, I'll have conversations with fascinating people including an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor, a drag queen, a lawyer who ran for Congress, a Buddhist meditation teacher who used to be part of the Guardian Angels — and more. So, sit tight, thanks for listening, and I'll see you back here on September 6th.

Don't try to shop for "Bullseye" host Jesse Thorn

Jesse Thorn, of NPR's "Bullseye" as well as "Jordan, Jesse, Go!" and "Judge John Hodgman," tells us about the highly idiosyncratic objects that sum up his highly idiosyncratic life. I recently learned that he is a devotee of "Antiques Roadshow," and I knew I needed to get him on Five Things. **Programming note: this is the last episode of the season! We're taking a break for the summer and will be back in the fall. In the meantime, might I suggest you peruse our archives? I bet your new favorite episode is just sitting there, unlistened. :)

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