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Oprah

Making Oprah

Oprah

Hi Hart Beat. It’s a rainy Tuesday night here in Brooklyn so I’m hanging out at home, making some fajitas and listening to the history of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Yup, you read that right; the Oprah Winfrey Show. Since we live in a world that is (sometimes) great and good, this fall WBEZ Chicago Public Radio released a three-part podcast series on the making of the Oprah Winfrey Show.

The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.
– Oprah Winfery

Let’s step back a second, Hart Beat. You love Oprah, right? If not please leave (or just go to the next post) and if yes well then welcome to the club! Loving Oprah and her daytime television show is something that I have always admitted to. I remember in middle school I used to fake my period so I could stay home from swim practice and watch Oprah at 4pm. It was one of my favorite things. I knew at the time that I was probably a little young to watch the show (sex! drugs! diets!) but I didn’t care. I loved Oprah. I loved the studio audience, I loved the theme song, and I loved the fact that I never felt alone when watching her. I always knew there were thousands of other girls and women out there on their couches also listening.

Almost 15 years later listening to this podcast, I’m brought back to those days in front of the TV. If you were ever a fan of Oprah back in the 90’s or early 00’s, admire her book club, or are just an entrepreneurial young person you will devour this podcast mini-series. Oprah is still one of the most inspirational human beings and hearing her speak with Jenn White on the podcast brought tears to my eyes.

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.
– Oprah Winfery

Did you know that the tagline of The Oprah Winfrey show in its last ten years was “Live your best life.”? The woman was YEARS ahead of her time. In the time before #livingyourbestlife and #youdoyou were obnoxious Instagram hashtags, Oprah was revolutionizing how America saw women of all sizes and colors. Not only was she revolutionalizing how we were seen but also how we saw ourselves. In a week like this with the Women’s March on Washington just days away, there isn’t a better time to listen to one of our original heroines. Find “Making Oprah” here or download it on any podcast app you use.

One last thought, if anyone (ANYONE) can find out how a girl can watch back episodes of the Oprah Winfrey show please let me know. I’ve tried for years and good old Harpo Studios is holding those (smartly) to their chests.

P.S. Yes I cried while I wrote this post. I’m emotional and no one can bring that out of me like Oprah. #notjoking #hi

Top photo via Huffington Post and the second photo (of Oprah’s first ever episode) via her personal Instagram account @oprah.

Sally Nixon: What we do when no one is watching

Sally Nixon

Browsing the interwebs last night I came across a gem of an illustrator. Have you seen the work by Sally Nixon? I hadn’t but as soon as I saw her illustrations of women in every day moments I knew she needed to be shared here on Hart Beat. Each scene calls my name one hundred million times. I love that in each illustration is a woman (or sometimes many) so clearly in her own thoughts while doing something as personal and mundane as brushing her teeth in the shower. I have never seen these moments called out and, to be honest, I wish I did.

The whole series to me seems like the antithesis of Instagram right now. Instead of showering our feeds with “don’t I live such a charmed and privileged life” wouldn’t it be great if we could see more scenes like these?

If you’re interested in more info about the artist check out Habit & Heart’s great interview with the Little Rock based Nixon.

Sally Nixon

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All illustrations by Sally Nixon.

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Amazing interviews

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Hiiii Hart Beat! Long time no write! To break the internet silence I want to share some interviews that I have been LOVING from one of my favorite radio shows, Fresh Air. For those of you not familiar, Fresh Air is a NPR hour long radio program in which Terry Gross, one of my favorite people on this earth, discusses and interviews contemporary writers, actors, musicians, directors, poets, and artists on new projects that they are working on. If there’s a new book or movie out then no doubt Terry Gross is interviewing that person.

The show comes on at 2pm every Monday through Thursday on WNYC and it is something I look forward to every day (or every night on my commute if I missed the radio edition). Here are my most favorite interviews as of late that I think you all will love as much as I did.

Keith Richards: The “Fresh Air” Interview

The guitarist for the Rolling Stones has a new solo album, Crosseyed Heart. Richards is also the subject of the new Netflix documentary, Under the Influence. Originally broadcast Oct. 25, 2010.

Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel of Love, Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders

Nadia Bolz-Weber was a stand-up-comic with a drinking problem who opened up a church for people who didn’t belong. “My job is to… remind people that they’re absolutely loved,” she says. Her new memoir is Accidental Saints.

Jon Steward On His Daily Show Run: “It So Far Exceeded My Expectations”

Fresh Air pays tribute to Stewart’s tenure on The Daily Show with pieces from four different interviews since 2000, including a 2006 conversation with former Daily Show executive producer Ben Karlin, which you can listen to in the audio link above.

Author Explores the “Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins”

In her book, Voices in the Ocean, Susan Casey describes the world of dolphins and addresses the myth that dolphins have healing powers. She also details the threats the animals face from man-made sounds in the ocean.

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: “No Doubt I’ve Gotten A Million Things Wrong”

In her new book, The Art of Memoir, Karr reflects on the process of recounting personal stories and writing about loved ones without betraying them. When it comes to the latter, she says that, with a few exceptions, she doesn’t spend time writing about despicable people. “When there’s a jerk in the book, it’s usually me,” she says. “I’m the one I’m wrestling with.”

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And because I can’t resist, a few others that I loved:

Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist at the “Intersection of Fact and Fable”
Reflecting On Football and Addiction As “Friday Night Lights” Turns 25
A Hollywood Animal Trainer’s Secrets for Getting Dogs to Act On Cue

Both photos of Keith Richards and Oliver Sacks via Fresh Air.

Joy Williams spills about The Civil Wars

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Hey Hart Beat. I’ve talked a lot about one of my favorite bands The Civil Wars over the years. They feature heavily on the official Hart Beat playlist and for good reason I think. If you’ve never heard them, the band is a duo team of of Joy Williams and John Paul White who founded The Civil Wars in 2008. If you’re just a casual listener of the band you would assume, with good reason, that the two are a couple. They have incredible sexual tension in their songs and most of the lyrics are about wanting someone.

This summer one of my favorite podcasts Death, Sex & Money interviewed Joy about her solo career and history with John Paul. I learned so many things, including the fact that Joy and John Paul were never a couple. In fact, Joy is and was married during their entire partnership. It was a super interesting interview and I thought you might like to listen to it this afternoon. What do you think, Hart Beat? Did this fact surprise you like it did me?

Photo credit via Allister Ann.

Girl Crush: Emma Stone in the New York Times

As if I wasn’t enough of a fan, our girl Emma Stone is interviewed in an article to be published in print today with enough personality and beauty to make me crush even harder than before. The interview is between Emma and Eddie Redmayne, the actor who starred in “The Theory of Everything.” In it the two young stars discuss how they both told their parents they wanted to be actors, what it’s like having the paparazzi outside your house everyday and what being in a relationship in hollywood means.

I loved hearing what Emma thinks about the fame that she’s garnered over the years. It was also amazing to hear her talk about “Birdman,” for which she’s nominated for best supporting actress.
You can read the entire article online here and look for it in print on Sunday!

THAT POISE. And rings. They remind me of my favorites

Photos via The New York Times.

Interview with Editor in Chief, Joanna Coles

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Monday morning! Or not, either way, last week I hear this amazing interview with the new editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Joanna Coles. I’ve never been a huge reader of Cosmo but after hearing this interview, now I feel like I might need to start (or at least keep my eye on Joanna Coles interviews/publications.)

In the interview Joanna speaks about the contemporary “Cosmo woman” reader and the importance of speaking to feminist ideas in a traditionally “girly” magazine. What she speaks about is something that I often think about: how to negotiate being a strongly independent woman without losing my feminine side. Listen to the interview and let me know what you think!

“And I don’t like that contraception is called, or labeled as, a women’s issue. Contraception is a couple’s issue. Men like having sex, too, and men don’t want to have to have a baby every time they have sex. In fact, if you presented them with that option, they would never want to have sex again. So I think it’s important that we frame this in terms of both men and women.” – Joanna Coles

Sia amazes me

I heard THE BEST interview with singer/songwriter Sia over the weekend and if you are all interested in music or song writing, you have to listen to it. What I found so interesting from the interview was Sia’s stance on showing her face and promoting herself as opposed to her art. She won’t tour anymore and if she has to appear live she will sing with her back to the audience. In any photos of herself she covers her face. This is so interesting to me. I have so much respect for this woman and how she only wants to promote her work and not her sex appeal. I didn’t know this but when David Guetta asked for her to write the lyrics to “Titanium” for Alicia Keys, and when she dropped it he used Sia’s demo vocal instead of the version that Mary G. Blige recorded for the song.
Listen to the full interview here and for a taste of Sia’s talent and creative brilliance watch the music video below for her newest single, “Chandelier.”
“Chandelier” by Sia. 
The dancer in the video is Maddie Ziegler of the reality show “Dance Moms.”

The civil wars

Hi Hart Beat. A long time ago a friend of mine introduced me to the band The Civil Wars. Have you listened to them before? I’ve been listening to them a lot lately and when I say that NPR had made this piece about the singers I was awestruck. If you didn’t love The Civil Wars before you will now, and if you were already in love, well, happy heart beating out there you music fiends.

The Civil Wars new album will be released on August 6th and this song below is one of the new tracks. Interestingly the duo are not on speaking terms anymore, you can read more of the story here. Their music is so raw, I can’t stop listening to this one new song. 
“The One That Got Away” by The Civil Wars

The civil wars

Hi Hart Beat. A long time ago a friend of mine introduced me to the band The Civil Wars. Have you listened to them before? I’ve been listening to them a lot lately and when I say that NPR had made this piece about the singers I was awestruck. If you didn’t love The Civil Wars before you will now, and if you were already in love, well, happy heart beating out there you music fiends.

The Civil Wars new album will be released on August 6th and this song below is one of the new tracks. Interestingly the duo are not on speaking terms anymore, you can read more of the story here. Their music is so raw, I can’t stop listening to this one new song. 
“The One That Got Away” by The Civil Wars