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  • 01:00

    Mahogany with Jennifer L. Anderson

    in History

    Listen in to Fieldstone Common this week as host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to Prof. Jennifer L. Anderson, author of Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America.
    In the mid-eighteenth century, colonial Americans became enamored with the rich colors and silky surface of mahogany. This exotic wood, imported from the West Indies and Central America, quickly displaced local furniture woods as the height of fashion. Over the next century, consumer demand for mahogany set in motion elaborate schemes to secure the trees and transform their rough-hewn logs into exquisite objects. But beneath the polished gleam of this furniture lies a darker, hidden story of human and environmental exploitation.
    Mahogany traces the path of this wood through many hands, from source to sale: from the enslaved African woodcutters, including skilled “huntsmen” who located the elusive trees amidst dense rainforest, to the ship captains, merchants, and timber dealers who scrambled after the best logs, to the skilled cabinetmakers who crafted the wood, and with it the tastes and aspirations of their diverse clientele. As the trees became scarce, however, the search for new sources led to expanded slave labor, vicious competition, and intense international conflicts over this diminishing natural resource. When nineteenth-century American furniture makers turned to other materials, surviving mahogany objects were revalued as antiques evocative of the nation’s past.
    Jennifer Anderson is Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
    For more details and upcoming schedule see: http://FieldstoneCommon.blogspot.com
    LIVE: THURSDAY, 8 November 2012 at 1:00pm EST

  • 00:59

    The Geek Show: Apple Keynote | Brave | Snow White

    in Movies

    It's a very geeky show tonight!
    Tonight on The Geek Show, Chris goes over the recent Apple Keynote.  What were the highlights, & what do we have to look forward to with Apple in the near future?
    Also, the new Pixar movie Brave is out, as is Snow White And The Huntsman.  Of course you know Chris has already seen both, & will review them both for you. He'll also drop a few lines aobut the new Angelina Jolie movie, Maleficent (not due out until 2014).
    All this plus Hard News at the top of the hour, your national weather forecase, the YouTube clip of the week, & your phone calls at 1.347.989.1942.

  • 01:03

    The Contrarians Episode 3 - June Preview, Snow White

    in Entertainment

    Hey Everyone, it is Episode 3 of The Contrarians. This week, we start our multipart Summer Movie Preview. Michelle has reviews of Battleship, Men In Black III and Snow White and the Huntsmen. Our weekly Blu-ray Report and we close with a bit movie and tv news. Michelle also has a brief review of Cirque Du Soleil’s The Immortal World Tour.

  • 00:30

    School experience, upcoming Snow White films, general

    in Entertainment

    School experience
    My feelings/opinion on snow white and the huntsmen and mirror mirror.
    Also other stuff may be discussed.

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