On today's show, an intriguing look inside a fascinating, under-examined phonomenon in fashion history: fashion as propaganda. My guest is author, professor, curator and textile historian Dr. Jacqueline Atkins, whose book Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States 1931 - 1945, details some of the most unique, intricate, and culturally significant examples of fashion propaganda. On today's show, you'll hear from Dr. Atkins about a fascination with fabrics that has been with her from her first portable Singer sewing machine to discoveries in the vintage kimono shops of Japan, some of the incredible, rich propaganda textiles from the Asia-Pacific War and their cultural significance, and some current research and upcoming projects. Plus, tracks in the playlist today off this week's brand new releases from artists like Julianna Barwick and Golden Suits, plus a premier single from newcomer Lola Johnson. All that and more is just ahead, so be a good fashion citizen and tune in to this week's Sew & Tell on BTR!
Ten years ago this month -- on March 20, 2003 -- U.S. led forces invaded Iraq. One of the original rationales for the war was to find weapons of mass destruction that many leaders believed Saddam Hussein to possess and to disarm him. No weapons were ever found. Over the course of the war, tens of thousands of people were killed, including more than 4,000 US service members -- and some estimates of civilian casualties have been much higher. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people in New York how they felt about the war at the time and how they feel now.