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Ep. 2, Almanac

The great Chef Jacques Pépin was in the middle of a conversation with his 13 year old granddaughter. She is, he says, his most recent apprentice -- carrying on a tradition that launched his career some seventy years earlier. Apprenticeships go back centuries, dating as far as the 12th century in Europe, and making a comeback today in the United States - brought into focus as an option in the growing IT industry. Listening to Pépin and his granddaughter chat made me think about the pastiche of ways that we learn today: a bit of book learning, some formal college and university education, a tad bit of online crash course, informal learning at the foot of older generations.

Ep. 2, Learning new stuff

No two people learn new stuff the same way. Over the years, those with opportunity have followed a path set by society’s standard bearers. Others learn from those around them, in hands-on experiences and apprenticeships. The information age has thrown the door open on new ways of becoming an expert. Can we take our training into our own hands: an online class; a new skill; a gig job? This podcast takes a meditative stroll across several generations to think about how we learn new stuff. Can we chart our own educational journey and still be judged by peers and employers as professional?

Ep. 1, Dressing the part

We humans dress to "fit" in. Sometimes fitting in is a choice, other times it’s a matter of safety and security, and yet not fitting can also be deliberate. This podcast digs deep into how we make decisions about how to dress to suit different occasions.