Three podcasts for a healthy dose of culture, art, sport and style. For the curious minds. For a well lived life.
photo: Todd Ritondaro
Frame & Sequence, by Todd Ritondaro
I usually listen to podcasts while in the car or when cooking. But with Frame and Sequence, hosted by photographer and filmmaker Todd Ritondaro – a returning favourite on Classiq Journal (here and here) – things are different. Listening to it is an activity in itself. Todd’s interviewees are artists, filmmakers, photographers, creatives from a variety of visual arts fields – it’s fantastic to have this array of artists gathered in one place – and I constantly find myself reaching for a notebook to write down recommendations, ideas or snippets of conversation: like this book, or insider tips for traveling to Italy from David Coggins, or simply taking notes as if I were in school from a master in drawing, Karl Gnass (in fact, all episodes are very educational). Photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce aka Garçon Jon, artist Alex Beard and photographer John Cullen have also been among Todd’s guests and I can not wait to see whom he introduces us to next.
The Forward, by Lance Armstrong
Where should one start with Lance Armstrong? How about this podcast? My relationship with Lance has been about great admiration, indefinite shock and sheer indifference over the years. But you know what? It’s very easy to judge and I don’t want to do that. And I am finally planning to read his autobiography, something I probably should have done a long time ago. For now, I have discovered his podcast, revealing conversations with an eclectic range of personalities (from athletes and musicians to people less known to the wider audience but with a story to tell nonetheless), and I am enjoying it. One of his latest guests was free solo rock climber Alex Honnold (the documentary Free Solo, about Honnold’s conquering hand-over-foot, without ropes or any safety gear, El Capitan, in Yosemite Park, California, was one of the best of last year). I would also recommend – in anticipation of the book Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports (out tomorrow), the story of two great champions, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert – an earlier episode with legendary, the extraordinary Chris Evert. Armstrong’s interviewees also include director and playwright Bryan Fogel (Icarus), The Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett and six-time Olympic ski racer medalist Bode Miller.
Blamo!, by Jeremy Kirkland
A weekly view into the world of fashion with the people who shape it. That does not however include just designers, but also editors, journalists, actors, athletes, which means talking about fashion in a bigger context, just as I like it. Jeremy Kirkland has interviewed fashion designer Michael Bastian, writer Bruce Boyer, Wei Koh (the founder of The Rake and Revolution magazines – one of my favourite episodes), writer David Coggins (aforementioned as well – another favourite episode), Toby Bateman of Mr. Porter, and Scott Schuman, among others, and the conversations are all very casual and engaging. Whenever I have moments when I think of fashion as being too superficial (which it often is, especially women’s fashion), listening to Jeremy’s podcast always proves me wrong (because fashion done right never is superficial; but, then again, he and his guests usually talk about men’s style, so there you go).