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Listen Up: Episode 25, DIY Books You Might Actually Use and the Shows Genuinely Worth Your Teevee Time

Listen Up BY lindsay o'rourke 11/17/2015


On this week’s episode of A Few Things with Claire and Erica, we’re discussing two acronyms on our winter agenda: DIY and TV, mainly because you can do both in sweatpants. First we’re rounding up our favorite instructional books to motivate you to make something...or even just to fantasize about being the kind of person who dyes her own clothes. Then we turn to our own personal TV guide, Danielle Nussbaum, quizzing her on the new shows worth committing to, programming for some Thanksgiving family time, and why the new Shonda Rhimes is...Shonda Rhimes (ok, that last one’s kind of a no-brainer).


Episode 25: DIY Books You Might Actually Use and the Shows Genuinely Worth Your Teevee Time // LISTEN

Special and amazing guest: Danielle Nussbaum, Senior West Coast Editor at Entertainment Weekly.

Let’s talk about: TV shows to watch while you’re DIY-ing.


The post-listen link-dumpage:


Instructable books…

+ Fresh and Easy, a cookbook for the design-minded. It comes highly recommended by the Fortunato sisters—jewelers and dinner-party experts (here’s proof).

+ Do It Yourself: 50 Projects by Designers and Artists, for sleek-and-simple projects from masterminds like John Baldessari and Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.

+ Made by Hand, featuring two Of a Kind designers, Caitlin Mociun and Erin Considine.

+ The Modern Natural Dyer, for a super-interesting introduction to dyeing with plants and produce.  


On TV shows, old and new...

+ Quantico, ideal for the Scandal-obsessed. Starring the talented (and STUNNING) Priyanka Chopra.

+ Scream Queens, for the campiest (verging on tread carefully) show you’ll ever watch.

+ Life in Pieces, the next Modern Family starring Zoe Lister-Jones, who you should definitely be following.

+ Shows you can still catch up on: You’re the Worst, arguably the best dark comedy on TV (watch season one now), and iZombie, a pick for our fellow Veronica Mars fans.

+ What the kids are watching (in case you’re wondering): Mr. Robot and Aziz Ansari’s Master of None.

+ On Hulu: Casual and Difficult People, which is like a modern Will & Grace starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner. The service is also now home to The Mindy Project, and we’re giving the new, edgier season two thumbs up.

+ On Amazon: The Man in the High Castle (for history freaks) and Jill Soloway’s brilliant, heart-wrenching, Emmy-approved Transparent, which is coming back for a second season.

+ On Netflix: Master of None and Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

+ Superhero producer to watch: Greg Berlanti, who has a hand in Supergirl, with Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart.

+ For binge-watching: Buffy (obvi)., The Wire, and Friday Night Lights (streaming on Netflix)—no shame in starting now.

+ On hardware: Apple TV, so you know which shows are on iTunes, Hulu, and Netflix (yasssss).

+ Coming soon (maybe): Murder Town USA, set in Claire’s hometown (eek!), but at least it has Jada Pinkett Smith playing a power lady?



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