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In Culture on Smash Notes

In Culture podcast.

March 09, 2020

Conversations from trailblazers who are shaping the future in unique and surprising ways. On the In Culture podcast, we go behind the scenes with artists, gamers, musicians, fashion designers, coaches, and other creators to share inspiring stories about how they’re shaping culture. In this series, How’d She Do That?, we celebrate women who are defying their industry’s conventions and paving the way for the next generation of girls.



Episodes with Smash Notes

Daniel Humm, award-winning chef of Eleven Madison Park, draws on Sol LeWitt’s systems and repetitions in this episode of Variations on a theme. And host Dessane Lopez Cassell finds the link between minimalist art and fine dining to reveal the power of simplicity. For more information about Microsoft's In Culture podcast and to read the transcript, please visit: microsoft.com/inculture/podcast

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of New York-based fashion brand Proenza Schouler refine each garment to its essential details in this episode of Variations on a theme. And host Dessane Lopez Cassell examines how Sol LeWitt distilled shapes and forms down to their most fundamental elements. For more information about Microsoft's In Culture podcast and to read the transcript, please visit: microsoft.com/inculture/podcast

Julianna Barwick, Los Angeles-based musician and composer, marries process and improvisation in this episode of Variations on a theme. And host Dessane Lopez Cassell explores how Sol LeWitt built complex works from simple layers and unpredictable deviations. For more information about Microsoft's In Culture podcast and to read the transcript, please visit: microsoft.com/inculture/podcast

The groundbreaking visual artist Charles Gaines peels back rules and systems to create a new critical language. And host Dessane Lopez Cassell shows how conceptualism can be used to not just investigate the art world but also interrogate personal identity. For more information about Microsoft's In Culture podcast and to read the transcript, please visit: microsoft.com/inculture/podcast

In a new podcast series, Variations on a theme, we explore the life and legacy of Sol LeWitt with host Dessane Lopez Cassell. Meet some of the creative pioneers channeling his influence and pushing it forward in their own work. For more information about Microsoft's In Culture podcast and to read the transcript, please visit: microsoft.com/inculture/podcast

“This COVID pandemic closely resembles a diagnosis like ALS. When I choose to see the trial or adversity as an opportunity, I'm able to accept and acknowledge the reality of my situation rather than resist or deny reality,” says Steve Gleason. Discover a truly inspiring conversation with the wise and resilient former NFL athlete.

“I think right now in this COVID-19 pandemic, people with cognitive and social disabilities are really being overlooked. Because it's a really easy time to overlook them. We're all in isolation,” Delaney Foster shares. She and her sister Kendall, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, are raising disability awareness and changing the stereotypes around what it means to have ASD.

“For a lot of days of this quarantine, I forget that I'm visually impaired. It's so little of an issue because I'm able to do everything that I need to and want to because I'm so familiar with everything,” says Casey Harris of the X-Ambassador’s. Hear more from the infectiously positive musician who hasn’t let living with low-vision hold him back.

Katie Sowers lives and breathes football. As the second woman ever to coach in the NFL, she helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl LIV in 2020. Hear from Katie about her groundbreaking journey to the top.

Meet Emily Adams Bode, the first female designer ever to show at New York Fashion Week: Men’s. In this episode, she opens up about breaking boundaries, the past that shaped her, and her innovative creative process.

Grace Nshimiyumukiza shares her courageous journey from Kakuma refugee camp resident to a computer skills and digital literacy teacher. Find out how she pushed through prejudice and personal strife to get her Master’s Degree and how she’s helping thousands of refugees learn digital skills.

Halee Mason is defying the odds as one of the few women in esports. Her path to becoming the lead data scientist at Cloud 9 was anything but straightforward. Learn how she carved her own path in a competitive and male-dominated industry.