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UNPICK is a podcast about clothing, culture, and how each affects the other. Each week, costume designer Sarah McClintock brings on a different guest to talk about who they are, what they like to wear, aaand lots of other tangential banter...
 
Lorraine DeGraffenreidt is a black person! Sarah Isaacson is a Jewish person! As it turns out, there's a lot of black and Jewish stuff that they don't know anything about -- and that makes them feel guilty! So now, they're getting learnt up. Join Lorraine and Sarah as they discover classic movies everyone's already seen (Schindler's List anyone???), conquer basic ethnic foods (chicken and waffles!!!) and generally improve as adult people, all while making their black and Jewish dads proud.
 
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Get ready for a super-special yet bittersweet ep that will leave you yearning for answers. Is Lorraine really going away to military school? Has Sarah really not peeped the Drake album yet? If a British Jew falls in a science lab and nobody else is there, does it make a sound? (No; British Jews don’t exist.) For today’s homework, Sarah and Lorraine…
 
Happy summer of sports!!! To celebrate, Learnt Up is flexin on ‘em with another sports episode!!! Sarah reports current sports news that is hot hot hot off the presses and then she presents a list of hot hot hot boys from the 2018 World Cup soccer field. Meanwhile, Lorraine brags about her fancy, soccer star brothers and she gets learnt up on baske…
 
Unpick is a podcast about clothing, culture, and how each affects the other. Each week, costume designer Sarah McClintock brings on a different guest to talk about who they are, and what they like to wear. This week, please welcome Sally and Emilly from Everybody Hates Rand, a Wheel of Time discussion podcast, while we talk about our cartoon outfit…
 
Dear friend of the podcast, Dana Bell comes through to get learnt up on Albert Einstein’s life and many of his discoveries in math and science. Behind Einstein’s wild hair and crazy face, he kept a beautiful brain filled with complex thoughts on our universe. Dana tells us all about how - in addition to being a brilliant scientist - Einstein was al…
 
Sarah Isaacson is mysteriously absent from this episode while Carl Tart (Brockmire, MAD TV, White Women, UCB) stops by to discuss the band Zapp aka Zapp & Roger. Throughout this ep, Carl talks and sings about the electro funk moment that Zapp helped create and Carl gets so learnt on the talk-box, he decides to buy one. He also exposes this bone chi…
 
Special ep alert! Sarah and Lorraine are busy ladies so this week Learnt Up is hosted by their friends: Kanye West’s genetically-engineered Pomeranian Sushi, and Lynette Goldman — Jared Kushner’s eyebrow lady. The two work out their issues with their respective famous owner and prized client, chat plastic surgery and microblading, unpack some backw…
 
Time for a switcheroo! Sarah and Lorraine pause from learning about their respective cultures to take the other gal’s culture for a spin. What does this mean? Movies! Lorraine watched When Harry Met Sally (which Sarah will defend to the death as a “Jewish movie”) and Sarah watched Do The Right Thing (an undeniably black movie).…
 
Lorraine and Sarah welcome Rachel Chapman and Oscar Montoya, of the Inside the Disney Vault podcast, to share some shame! The Disney kids got learnt up on all things anime, and they cover a wide swath -- talking everything from Dragon Ball Z to Miyazaki’s greatest hits to Sailor Moon to a scandal that will change the way you look at The Lion King.…
 
Calling all nerds, dorks, and geeks! This is your episode, babies. Katelyn Hempstead -- writer / comedian / Trekkie -- swings by the pod to chat about Jews in science fiction! Katelyn got learnt up on sci-fi pioneer Isaac Asimov and “bad boy” nihilist Harlan Ellison. Fun fact: Asimov coined the word “robotics”! Another fun fact: there was an early …
 
Gather round, children -- it’s time for a spooky episode of Learnt Up! Lorraine tells us all about zombies -- tracking their roots in Haiti and West Africa, connection to voodoo, and superstitions among slaves. Did you know that being a walking corpse is a fate worse than death? Btw, stay away from Devil’s Weed and toads, y’all. Sarah gets learnt o…
 
Lorraine and Sarah welcome writer/performer/tall person Zora Bikangaga on to share some shame! Zora got learnt up on Nollywood (Nigerian Hollywood) and comes bearing lots of movie recs, along with thoughts on colorism, Hollywood’s fetishizing of Africa, and Jennifer Lawrence’s career trajectory/emotional maturity. Trigger warning for diehard Lawren…
 
In 1850, a census reported 8 Jews and 12 black people living in Los Angeles. The next year, thrown by the traffic and bad pizza, they all left. Just kidding, they stayed and built the city we know today! Join Lorraine and Sarah as they get learnt up on some of LA’s black and Jewish pioneers and their lasting contributions. Find out the origin story…
 
Welcome to Blackface & Jewface: Minstrel Shows and Media Representations, a seminar at Vassar College taught by Professor DeGraffenreidt and Adjunct Professor Isaacson. Prepare to get your young little mind blown by seemingly benign bits of American culture (Mickey Mouse! That song “Do Your Ears Hang Low?”!) that actually have super racist origins.…
 
Lorraine & Sarah are women (not girls!) who happen to run this shit. Happy Women’s History Month, by the way!!! On today’s ep everybody gets learnt up on black & Jewish feminists. Sarah honors the life and legacy of visual artist and community leader Judy Chicago while Lorraine learnts about the feminist work and messy private-life-turned-public-li…
 
Get ready to party cuz it’s Purim, babies! Sarah tries to remember the story of Judaism’s littest holiday aka Jewish Halloween. The hosts phone a couple friends for help, and -- spoiler alert -- somebody was paying alllll the attention in Hebrew school. Lorraine gets inspired by a YouTube Rabbi and finds her drag queen alias, and Sarah explains why…
 
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a SUPER EPISODE OF LEARNT UP! In this one, Lorraine and Sarah get learnt up on comic book superheroes. Sarah schools us on how Magneto’s superpowers first fully activated in a concentration camp, while Lorraine explains how the Black Panther has to eat a ceremonial heart-shaped herb to harness his powers. Blessup to …
 
In this episode, Lorraine and Sarah get learnt up on black and Jewish rap icon, DRAKE, or as Lorraine affectionately calls him "the Jewish Canadian non-rapist Kobe Bryant of hip hop." Sarah ups the ante on her appreciation for Drake's artistry and impressive career moves by checking out his work on Degrassi: The Next Generation for the first time. …
 
Friend of the show, Gil Ozeri stops by to get learnt up on Jewish representation in video games. He prompts Lorraine & Sarah to Google dudes like B.J. Blazkowicz of Wolfenstein fame & unnamed Jewish mobsters from Grand Theft Auto. Gil is unflappable during quiz time and everyone’s dad is super proud. Speaking of which, Lorraine and Sarah are psyche…
 
Learnters, this has been a YEAR. If 2017 were a pizza and someone served it to you, you’d be like, “Umm this pizza has hurricanes and Harvey Weinstein on it; I ordered pepperoni.” Luckily, you’ve got us, and we’ve got you. The gals look back on Learnt Up’s first year and share their favorite memories. Of course, no LU ep would be complete without a…
 
Lorraine and Sarah get learnt up on braids!! This episode of Learnt Up contains Lorraine and Sarah’s painstaking field research on the subject. They visit Colorist and Natural Hair Specialist Amena BelledeSoleil’s studio. Amena BelledeSoleil fields the ladies’ questions with grace and she happens to be an excellent educator for anyone out there in …
 
And now it’s time for mommy to put on her robe, put on her cold cream, and pour herself a Baileys on the rocks cuz we have a guest here to do all the work! Matt Wyatt - filmmaker, host of This Is Not It Podcast - swings by to share his fancy European lineage and tales of castle-dwelling revolutionaries in the olden days who protested English royals…
 
Lorraine and Sarah get learnt up on sitcoms! Lorraine watches Sanford and Son, a groundbreaking show with a cantankerous black protagonist who pushed the limits of what you can say on TV. Sarah enjoys the Mary Tyler Moore Show for the first time. If you’re scratching your head, going “Wait, Mary Tyler Moore wasn’t Jewish,” congratulations! You know…
 
Lorraine and Sarah welcome two world news savvy guests, Shereen Younes and Anna Hossnieh, from Ethnically Ambiguous Podcast! Shereen and Anna keep it so so real as they get learnt up on The Rohingya Crisis that is currently unfolding in Myanmar - formerly Burma. The ladies discuss how much they hate oppression, love food and appreciate Steve Jobs’s…
 
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