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On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by Rebecca Federman of the Culinary Collections at the New York Public Library. Today, they are discussing the NYPL's old menu collection and the new What's on the Menu? program. Hear about old menus from the inauguration of President McKinley to the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Help out the NYPL by helping to digitize some of these menus to create a searchable database! Tune in to learn about some of the more obscure NYC menu items, as well as the role of midday lunch in building the restaurant business in the city. This episode has been brought to you by White Oak Pastures.

"There are the everyday menus that I find very graphically beautiful and interesting. Or there are children's menus that I find really adorable."

Restaurants are such a huge part of our social history, that to not have these documents is such a loss."

-- Rebecca Federman on A Taste of the Past


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Can design change the world? How can you make a difference through design? Learn about the many ways that artists can give back and make a big difference on the season finale of After the Jump with Grace Bonney. Grace is joined by Dawn Hancock of Firebelly Design for a discussion on how designers and artists can give back to the community in unconventional ways. Tune in and hear how you can help make change with your time, your products and your skills. What do you have to offer? Who do you want to help? Get in the spirit of giving on an insightful and charity themed episode of After the Jump. This program was brought to you by Of a Kind.

"No matter what field you work in - there's always a way to give back to people you care about and who most need it. Doing work that benefits the greater good always comes with benefits that are hard to replicate in other places." [25:00]

--Grace Bonney on After the Jump

"Volunteering is an example where it's not about how much money you have or a specific skill set - it can just be about your time and spending time with somebody who could use your experise. Finding a cause that really speaks to you is a great way to do that." [12:00]

--Dawn Hancock on After the Jump


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Curation. Profit. Scalability. These are the themes on this weeks episode of After the Jump, as Grace Bonney is back from a two week hiatus to chat with Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, the two ladies behind Sight Unseen. Monica & Jill are former editors of I.D. Magazine, as well as freelance writers, curators, and design consultants. Sight Unseen is an online magazine that takes readers inside the worlds of design, art, fashion, and photography. With in-depth, behind-the-scenes reportage, Sight Unseen uncovers the stories, inspirations, and obsessions of some of the most fascinating designers and artists working today. Since its founding in 2009, the site has served as a destination for companies and individuals interested in scouting new talent as well as an inspiration for those working in creative pursuits. Tune in for a lively discussion on online media, the design community and much much more. This program was brought to you by Rolling Press.

"Our backgrounds in print journalism helped us be able to trust ourselves, look at what we like and assume our readers like that too." [04:00]

"There's no way to post once a day with long stories unless you have a big team. The internet today requires that you have content constantly churning." [08:00]

--Monica Khemsurov on After the Jump

"We're still known for the content behind the images - so that's been nice. Even though we produce shorter stories [than we used to] they're still full of content." [09:00]

--Jill Singer on After the Jump


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