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Controversy abounds over the construction of a natural gas pipeline through lower Manhattan.
Would you pay more taxes because of your contribution to the deterioration of the environment?
A conversation with the lead architect behind new facilities at NYC beaches battered by the super storm.
In honor of BTR’s Earth Week, I’m joined on Sew & Tell today by special guest Natalia Allen, a pioneer in sustainable fashion design and technology. After graduating as Designer of the Year from Parson’s, Natalia worked as a consultant for top-level fashion brands, helping them create accessories and apparel that merged fashion with new technology. It wasn’t long before Natalia had seen enough of fashion production to know that it needed to change, and she decided to address those changes by launching her own sustainability-focused company and eponymous label. On today’s show, Natalia will talk about the path she took from corporate fashion consultant to sustainable design pioneer, what “sustainable” means for her company and production process, the carefully considered aesthetics of her designs, what it means to be a Young Global Leader, and more. Plus, the latest music from John Grant, No Joy, Beacon, Phoenix, The Thermals, and more in today’s mix! (Sadly, we have no update with Dane this week, but he’ll be back again next week to talk Mad Men and menswear!) So turn up the volume and celebrate Earth Week with us, as we learn more about how technological advancements can help create responsible fashion!
“I think designers need to be there when the decisions for the first particles are being designed. Not when the fabric is already on the roll, and it’s already created, and it already has inherent in it things that can help or not help you.” On today’s show, I’m joined by fashion designer, artist, professor and innovator Helen Storey. Currently serving as Professor of Fashion and Science at The London College of Fashion, Helen has had an incredible career that began with Valentino in the ’80’s, led to the development of her own line in the ’90s, and now finds her collaborating with chemist Tony Ryan to address problems created by consumer waste, through technologically innovative, elegant solutions. Tune in as Helen talks about her design experiences, the problematic divide between art and science, the creative challenges she faced in designing a collection inspired by embryotic development, and how your jeans can purify the air. Plus, the latest music from Canadian artist Renny Wilson, Philly-based Bleeding Rainbow, Brooklyn’s Takka Takka and more. So turn it up and tell your friends – this is one Sew & Tell they don’t want to miss!
The Year Has Ended!!! Chaz Mannenheim, exhausted from the ever-continuing job of #1 newsman, must put together a stunning ‘Year In Review.’ Buckling under the pressure, Chaz begrudgingly enlists his ex-wife, Vera, to help him talk to the people and go over all of the Top Stories from Politics to Pop Culture in 2012. See them Laugh! See them Fight! See them review the year on YEAR IN REVIEW!!!!!
Brooklyn duo Cultfever created a world of their own for the songs on their self-titled debut album. Drawing on elements of classic indie rock and pop, their genre-jumping style makes for a satisfying mix of dynamic story songs and unconventional soundscapes. Stopping by to chat with Maia for this episode of Live Studio, Cultfever — performing here as a four-piece — shares some songs and a little about the making of their moody music video for “Knewyouwell.”

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