From the Front Porch

News flash: Some TV shows are better than others. Chris and Annie wax philosophical about their favorite TV shows for readers, including: 

Gilmore Girls

Arrested Development

Breaking Bad 

Jane the Virgin

Mad Men

House of Cards

+ Seinfeld

The Office

The Wonder Years

The Bachelor


Related: All 339 Books Referenced in Gilmore Girls

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Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._66.m4a
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Thomasville is the City of Roses, and spring is the town's time to shine! Each year, Thomasville hosts the Rose Show and Festival, and Chris and Annie talk to city event coordinator Sarah Turner about balancing tradition with new ideas, why a festival devoted to roses, and what she's reading right now. 

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Check out all the Rose Show festivities -- including parade details and flower show times -- here

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Sarah's go-to podcasts: 

+ Radio Lab

+ This American Life


Books Sarah mentioned:

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Fed, White, and Blue by Simon Majumdar

Tribal by Diane Roberts

+ The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran


Books Chris mentioned: 

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison 

Battleborn by Claire Watkins

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson 


Books Annie mentioned:

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson


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Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._65.m4a
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One perk of life in a small town: You can try something just to see if it works. And if it does? Then you've established a new town tradition, like Thomasville's Due South music festival, put on by the Center of the Arts

Annie and Chris chat with the Center's marketing director, Callie Sewell, about music festivals; the Athens, Ga., music scene; and whether Jane Eyre is overrated. 

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Books mentioned: 

Jane Eyre

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

No One Belongs Here More Than You

+ The Nest

The Empathy Exams


Podcasts mentioned:

+ This American Life

+ Serial 

+ The Moth

+ Mom and Dad Are Fighting

+ Gilmore Guys

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._64.m4a
Category:music -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

How do you raise creative kids? Do small towns foster creativity better than big cities do? Annie and guest Emily McKenna chat about these questions, plus book hangover and what they're reading right now. 

Emily is the product developer for Everfan, a superhero and imaginative play company located right above The Bookshelf in Thomasville. Emily is also the owner of You're Maker, where she teaches classes to adults and children. 

Books mentioned in today's episode: 

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (plus the Austin Family Chronicles and Walking on Water

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warlick (preorder here

Plus, Chip Kidd's TED talk, and How to review the podcast on iTunes. 

Full show notes here

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._63.m4a
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