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The ArtiFact Podcast is a long-form show on books, culture, painting, and music hosted by Alex Sheremet, Joel Parrish, and a revolving door of co-hosts and guests. Each subject is covered in depth and at length, with past shows featuring the Epic of Gilgamesh, Charles Johnson's "Oxherding Tale", Leonard Shlain’s "Art & Physics", John Williams's "Stoner", and more. Opinionated, controversial, and prone to making enemies and friends of friends and enemies, ArtiFact delivers new perspectives on ...
 
A manga discussion podcast focusing on shojo (and josei!) series that make your heart go doki-doki. Covering classics like CLAMP’s “Cardcaptor Sakura” and Yuu Watase’s “Fushigi Yuugi” to newer favorites like Kazune Kawahara’s “My Love Story!!” and Hiro Fujiwara’s “Maid Sama!” Shojo & Tell host Ashley McDonnell discusses one series per episode with a rotating shojo superfan. (And sometimes, a shoujo superfan.) Shojo [or shoujo] manga: Japanese comics made for young women. A breath of fresh ai ...
 
One of the longest-running books shows on Australian radio, Final Draft is a space on the air where big names of arts and culture sit cheek-by-jowl with those just beginning to make their mark. Produced in the hope of inspiring generous, open-minded reading and discussion, the show features guests and writing from around Australia and the world. Each week we serve up a mix of interviews with writers, reviews of new, classic and cult titles, readings of original work, short features and docum ...
 
Ben Rode and Alex Lightman are always looking to the future in order to bring the best possible outcome into the present. With a hint of spirituality and shamanism, the conversation anchors in the esoteric meta-philosophy, with the grounded why and how. Ben and Alex interview the world's leading edge innovators and change agents who are shaping our future. The Futurist experts speak on the future of: transformation, technology, health, wealth, society, democracy, space travel, medicine, addi ...
 
Stories have the power to change the world. Human beings have been sharing stories for hundreds of thousands of years, and with those stories came the emotional, spiritual, and physical knowledge of the ancients. Shaman Durek is a 6th generation shaman, an evolutionary innovator, and a women’s empowerment leader. He’s here to bring forth the ancient wisdom of our elders to help heal and bring happiness into our modern society. We’re sharing ancient knowledge in modern times, in order to put ...
 
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861) was one of the best poets of the 19th century, yet remains little known today and even less read. At a time when feminist literary criticism (among other relevant lenses) is ascendant, how did Barrett Browning go from a much-admired writer to one that is neglected in favor of her literary inferiors? In ArtiF…
 
Embodying grace in the face of resistance is the life-long mission of our guest, today, Kirsten Powers. As a CNN journalist who is no stranger to trolls, she has done the work to create space for grace and nuance in her life – even if she disagrees with you. In this episode, we dive into her journey to staying centered and explore how you can learn…
 
Covers volumes 1–9 of Takane and Hana by Yuki Shiwasu. Hana is a perfectly average high school girl. Takane is a 26-year-old scion of a conglomerate. Together, they are arranged marriage partners (but they're definitely not dating!!). Kelly returns once again to talk about an age-gap romance — one that both she and Ashley are highly positive on. In…
 
Here’s what buyers and sellers need to know about rent-back agreements.Today we’re going to talk about renting a home back. Typically, renting is something that you want to avoid as a seller, but when you rent a home back, you’ll be renting it from the buyer. This gives you more time to find your new home and transition smoothly into it. Let’s go o…
 
Covers all 10 volumes plus the 10th anniversary side stories of The Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda (that's the five omnibus volumes released by Udon!) It's hard to overstate how significant The Rose of Versailles is to the history of shojo manga and beyond. In this episode about Riyoko Ikeda's masterpiece, Erica Friedman, the editor of the Engl…
 
Monica Berg is a self-confessed “change junkie” who is on a mission to help people return to themselves. In this episode, she shares her ever evolving journey with kabbalistic study and how it has shaped her to become the liberated soul she is today. Tune in to learn how to tap into heartfelt desires, channel your spiritual hunger, and live a life …
 
Here are the basics about what buyers will pay for in closing costs.What do buyers have to know about closing costs? In addition to the down payment, buyers need to factor in closing costs of 1.25% and 2.5% to pay for prepaid items, lender fees, escrow fees, and title fees. Here’s an example of prepaid items: If you’re closing on your purchase in J…
 
Taking up Mark Twain’s mantle, then expanding upon it, Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – 2007) was one of the greatest comic writers to have ever lived. His best-known work, Slaughterhouse-Five, features everything from sci-fi to timeless political comment, thus overshadowing his other great works.One of these is 1986’s Galapagos, a novel which uses Charles Da…
 
Here are the pros and cons of making or accepting a cash offer. What should you think about when dealing with a cash offer? According to Atom Data Solution, 26% of homebuyers used cash in 2020. A cash offer means there is no financing in regards to the mortgage of a home. There are a couple of reasons why a buyer might put up a cash offers:• They m…
 
Tiffany Yu is an advocacy powerhouse on an ever-evolving mission to democratize disability visibility and share her individualized experience on a public platform. After years of playing small and fighting against the tide of what “normal” looks like, she has found an identity in the body she lives and thrives in. In this episode, we explore what T…
 
Covers both volumes of SP Baby by Maki Enjoji. We're back with another Enjoji title! This time, it's a classic bodyguard romance, full of tragic backstories and sexual harassment. Tamaki joins the Security Police for Kagetora, the prime minster's nephew, against her better judgment (she really needs this job) and of course, romance ensues whether t…
 
Are low appraisal values still an issue in today’s market?Though things in the market have changed this year, we are still seeing homes appraising low in today’s market. Why does that happen?Oftentimes, the appraiser is an independent third party, but they have to substantiate the valuation of the home using the data that’s there. Typically, they n…
 
Dear friend and brother, Paul Aurand has spent 30 years on a mission to guide people to return to oneness. Now he has distilled his wisdom in his new book, Essential Healing, to empower the world to release their trauma and step into their soul’s purpose. In this episode, we enter a field of higher consciousness and invite you to walk a path to pur…
 
Covers all 7 volumes of An Incurable Case of Love by Maki Enjoji. We're back with a cute josei series! It's like Grey's Anatomy, but with a more contained cast and a lot more sexual harassment from the patients. Sakura has had a crush on Dr. Tendo since she saw him save a stranger in the streets, but when they finally start working together, he's n…
 
Like cinema, photography is a recent art form which has had to “prove itself” to a skeptical audience. After Louis Daguerre created the daguerreotype, photographers grew increasingly sophisticated, experimental, and art-minded, and soon a photographic language developed. Early photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Robert Demachy were surprisingly…
 
What’s behind the low inventory of homes here in Orange County?There are four reasons that the inventory in Orange County remains so low:1. There is a foreclosure moratorium. The moratorium preventing foreclosure expired, but it was extended in August. However, we don’t anticipate that there will be a lot of foreclosures, at least in the short term…
 
Dr. Will Cole is a pioneering functional doctor helping people reclaim their metabolic flexibility, and step away from the industrialized diet of snacking and eating on a constant loop. In this nutritionally dense conversation, you’ll learn why time-restricted eating is not restrictive, and how creating an intentional window for your eating can unl…
 
Is purchasing real estate still a good idea?With home prices as high as they are, does it still make sense to buy real estate in 2021? It all depends on your circumstances, but by and large, yes, it is a great time to buy. The reason is that the return on money is historically low. Often, it’s under 1% even for a certificate deposit that runs five …
 
Covers volumes 16–23 of Hana-Kimi by Hisaya Nakajo. Welcome back for the final Hana-Kimi episode! The Ashleys are back to discuss how wild this ride has been: The strange results of the final character poll, what the series says about gender, how it compares to other gender-bending series, and of course, finally, the ships. Also: Can you believe th…
 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861) was one of the best poets of the 19th century, yet remains little known today and even less read. At a time when feminist literary criticism (among other relevant lenses) is ascendant, how did Barrett Browning go from an almost universally admired writer to one that is neglected in favor of her literary infe…
 
By the time Alex Banayan had reached college, he had ticked all the right boxes and was on the path to success. The problem was it wasn’t his path to success. He decided to embark on a quest to uncover the mechanics of the success mindset. It took seven years, and throughout the journey, he spent time with an array of iconic game-changers, from Bil…
 
Welcome back to Osaka High and the middle third of Hana-Kimi. Shojo and Tell host Ashley is joined by Manga Librarian Ashley to talk about all the hijinks that ensued here. What’s the tone? Gil’s still here?! How can Mizuki assume Sano doesn’t know she’s a girl when she sleeps with him in the same bed half the nights and she’s got her boobs pressed…
 
Eva Schubert is a singer-songwriter, poet, and historian from Canada with several full-length albums, plus an upcoming record that was finished just weeks ago. In this conversation, Alex and Eva discuss growing up and growing into poetry, concepts of self-identity, the fears and imperatives surrounding human creativity, art as competition and commu…
 
Thank you for all of your support.We did it! Thank you for all of your support. We collected over 200 pounds of dog and cat food, 147 pounds of cat litter, 77 towels, 11 gallons of detergent and countless toys.We’re grateful for the incredible community for supporting our local event, benefitting shelter animals with Priceless Pets, A No Kill Shelt…
 
As Alex Sheremet and Ethan Pinch argue, Woody Allen has been falling out of favor for a long time now – and not only for the more obvious and superficial reasons. Critics charge him with indulging a Pygmalion complex, by which he lives out his androcentric fantasies through his films, crafting the very same women he has an interest in, then letting…
 
Here’s how the market has changed in the last year.We’ve just hit the third quarter of 2021, and that means it’s a perfect time to look at the emerging trends in our housing market. Today we’ll be going over all the important stats you should know in order to see where our real estate market has been, where it’s going, and where it is now.Now that …
 
Over the last few years, we’ve heard that white people ought to “shut up and listen” when it comes to questions of race and racism. Yet Dan Schneider’s 2005 book, Show & Tell: A White Man’s Antiphonal Primer on Race, argues the exact opposite: that understanding white psychology, white leverage and material advantages is the key to unlocking all el…
 
Covers volumes 1–8 of Hana-Kimi by Hisaya Nakajo. We're throwing back and throwing down with a big-time, gender-bending shojo classic: Hana-Kimi, aka, the precursor to Ouran High School Host Club. Mizuki Ashiya moves all the way from America to Japan, in high school, without express permission from her parents, just to be with her favorite high-jum…
 
Getting top dollar requires more than simply preparing the home for sale.Right now, we’re experiencing one of the strongest seller’s markets ever. How can you maximize the sale price of your home? You obviously need to get the property ready, but there are other considerations.First, make sure every buyer knows about your home. As soon as we get on…
 
In 1992, Edward P. Jones published what might very well be his best work of fiction: Lost in the City, a short story collection that deals with (mostly) black characters in Washington, D.C., set between the 1950s and 1990s. Primarily working through understatement, an amalgamation of poetic and prosaic style, and competing POVs, many of these chara…
 
Covers all of RG Veda by CLAMP. This hyper-violent fantasy series was CLAMP's first traditionally published work — and it shows. Shojo & Tell host Ashley and her boytoy Asher talk about the highs and lows of this high-concept series about destiny and the power of love (what else is new?). All good boys are praised, and Yasha is not on the list. REF…
 
Here’s how you can buy another home without first selling your current one.One of the most common questions we’ve received lately is, “How can I buy a house without selling the one I have now first?” With inventory being as low as it is, homeowners are concerned about not being able to find a new home if they sell their current home. Luckily, there…
 
Taking up Mark Twain's mantle, then expanding upon it, Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – 2007) was one of the greatest comic writers to have ever lived. His best-known work, Slaughterhouse-Five, features everything from sci-fi to timeless political comment, and has overshadowed his other great works. One of these is 1972's Breakfast of Champions, a novel Kurt …
 
Patti Stanger is rich in knowledge, spirit, and self-worth. We all recognize her from the wildly addictive TV show, “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” on Bravo. She’s also a third-generation matchmaker, and the owner and CEO of MillionairesClub123.com. In this episode, we discuss the current dating epidemic, how dating culture has evolved since the show…
 
Alex is joined by painter Ethan Pinch to discuss a variety of topics: growing up on the precipice of the Internet’s mainstreaming, the role that media censorship (and thus self-censorship) play in everyday decisions, the Golden Age of rap music, Alex’s rap-to-politics-to-art pipeline, NFTs vs. Abstract Expressionism, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s absu…
 
Should you sell your home in the current real estate market? We’re in an aggressive seller’s market in most price points under $2 million. So yes, you should sell your home right now if you’re looking to maximize your sale price. If you’re looking to move up in the present market, you may have to trade equity. If you’re downsizing, you might have t…
 
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