Inveterate adventurer, lover of botanicals, and spiritual seeker, John Steele has been described as the Indiana Jones of perfumery. And why not? The man has traveled the world on esoteric missions, and is maybe one of the most iconoclastic people in a field defined by its iconoclasts. He is also our guest on this latest episode of Perfume on the Radio. Lucky us! And lucky you.
With: John Steele (LIfetree Aromatics)
Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: February, 2023
In the latest episode of Perfume on the Radio, we spend an hour with the cultured, warm-hearted, experienced and plain-speaking perfumer Christopher Brosius. Christopher joined us from New Jersey to answer our most pressing question: does he, in fact, hate perfume? Well... yes. But also, not at all.
With: Christopher Brosius (CB I Hate Perfume)
Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: September 29, 2022
The vroom-vroom of the engine, the honk-honk of the horn. Cars come with a lot of sounds. They also come with a lot of smells. In this episode, we lean into the gassy side of things and explore the aromatics of these beautiful, belching metal beasts.
With: David Moltz (DS & Durga), Daniel Krasofski (labDK), Killian Wells (Xyrena), Nick Kurczewski (Automotive Reporter), Pia Long (Olfiction), Pedro Nuñez and Micah Hahn (Highland Park Car Club).
Host: Saskia WIlson-Brown.
Airdate: August 11, 2022
Perhaps it's the solitary nature of perfumery that lends itself to humanity's least co-dependent relationship. In this episode we explore anecdotal correlations between perfume-making and cat ownership.
With: Ashley Eden Kessler (Studio Sentir), Jackson Galaxy (The Cat Daddy), Jessica Murphy (historian), Laurie Stern (Velvet and Sweet Pea's Purrfumery), Micah Hahn (designer), and Robyn Price (Egyptologist).
Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown.
Airdate: March 24, 2022
Mmmm… Donuts. Mmmm… Limberger Cheese? In this episode we quote Camus and Hemingway and their Moveable Feasts to explore retronasal olfaction. Specifically, how smell enhances our favorite activity: feasting on delicious things, whenever and wherever we bloody well like.
With: Maite Gomez-Rejón (ArtBites) Jude Stewart (author) Miss Layla (fum Fragrances), Sean Raspet (artist), LaVay Ullie (Ol' Skool BBQ).
Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: February 24, 2022
It’s January and as we all recover from our New Year's Eve hangovers, we can't help but cast our thoughts towards just what, exactly, we imbibed. Do we even remember? In our first episode of season 2, we explore the liquids that sustain us, and the liquids that vex us.
With: Gina Zupsich (August Uncommon), Spyros Drosopoulos (Baruti), Maite Gomez-Rejón (ArtBites), Chris Raba (Bar Bolita), Rachel Dean Binder (Pomare's Stolen Perfume).
Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: January 20, 2022
This episode explores the potential relationship between the written word and scent in the Arabic script. We are joined by two people who inhabit the language through deep engagement: Dr Gaye Walton-Price provides a primer on the Arabic language (and its various dialects), and artist Razwan Ul-Haq explores how scent interfaces with meaning through calligraphy.
With: Razwan Ul-Haq (calligrapher), Dr. Gaye Walton-Price (educator); Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: November 24, 2021
The pleasures of the chase. The joy of the discovering. Humans LOVE a challenge – especially one with a treasure at the end of it. For episode 16 of Perfume on the Radio we are joined by experts in the chasing, and the uncovering, of magical botanicals, aromatics, and landscapes.
With: Chris Kemp (writer, 'Floating Gold'), Mason Hainey (Mizu), Carlos Morera and Nina Mross (Cactus Store), Matthew Teutimez (Environmental Director Kizh Nation / Gabrieleno); Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: November 4, 2021
In episode 15 of Perfume on the Radio we explore some great unknowns: the oceon, outer space, the human mind. Three artists who work with scent join us to discuss their work with uncharted areas, a poet shares two pieces about outer space, and our host meditates on the human mind.
With: Helga Griffiths (artist), Carrie Paterson (artist), Audra Wolowiec (artist), Donna Lipowitz (perfumer / filmmaker); Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: September 16, 2021
This week’s episode explores scent through and of the postal system, from scratch and sniff stamps to shipping mishaps, mailed expressions of longing and nostalgia, delivery failures and post office robberies, all the frustrations and endeavors of getting a letter from point A to point B. With: Regina Mamou and Lara Salmon (Research for the Bermuda Triangle), Jas Brooks (Academic), Emmitt James (Musician), Donna Lipowitz; Guest Host: Minetta Rogers
Airdate: August 19, 2021
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science” said Einstein. What lies on the fringes of human perception? What do we miss when we focus only on the obvious? This week’s episode explores the outer limits of human perception, from trance states to witchcraft, from hauntings to abductions to sensorial trickery. With: Jeanette Andrews, Dr. JW Dotson, Brooklyn Goddess Kay, Dr. David Shorter, Richard Carradine; Host: Saskia WIlson-Brown
Airdate: Jul 15, 2021
Much creative dialog focuses on the cross section of senses, or where sensibilities meet, inform, and guide each other. Such is the case when sound interacts with smell. Guest host, perfumer, artist and writer John Biebel takes us through his evolving relationship with sound and how it relates to the generative process of making perfumes.
With: John Biebel (January Scent Project) Airdate: June 24, 2021
The sun and the moon, the rain and ocean, the rose and the jasmine: these are just some examples of the phenomenal bounty that nature provides. In this episode we explore what our planet offers us, and how we can respectfully make use of it in perfumery. With: Mandy Aftel (Aftelier Perfumes), Simon Constantine (ånd Fragrance), poems by Donna Lipowitz (Lipowitz Smells), Virginia Riley (perfumer), Sara Rashkin (writer) Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: June 10, 2021
Perfumer and enthusiast Heather Cvar guests hosts, sniffing out of the biological side of how animals use olfaction for things other than just perfume. We explore how the smell of an underarm can trigger (or inhibit) desire in humans, how bees use smell to find harmony in their busy hives, and how dogs can be trained to find human remains. With: Tega Brain (artist), Josh Markvan (beekeeper), Cat Warren (journalist and dog trainer); Guest Host: Heather Cvar
Airdate: May 27, 2021
How do music and scent interrelate? In this episode, we team up with Dana El Masri (On the Nose) to explore the synesthetic connections between smelling and hearing. With (in order of appearance): Dana el Masri (Jazmin Saraï), Peter De Cupere (artist), Yo-Yo Fearless (rap icon), Heather d'Angelo (Carta Fragrances), Chavalia Mwamba (Pink MahogHany Fragrances), Kaya Sorhaindo (Folie A Plusieurs); Hosted by Dana el Masri (On the Nose) and Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: May 13, 2021
This episode explores concepts of masculinity in scent. And by masculinity, we mean all facets of the gender identification. With: Billie Stimpson (Pink Manor Decant Club), Chavalia Mwamba (Pink MahogHany Fragrances), Ömer İpekçi (Pekji Perfumes), Alia Raza (Régime des Fleurs), Joshua Smith (Libertine), Miles Regis (Artist), Tom Blunt (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab); Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: April 29, 2021
We give ourselves license to imagine the most fearsome, entrancing and magical beings, in an episode about fantastical beasts and those who smell them. With: Antonio Gardoni (Bogue Profumo), Bayyana Davis (IFF), Dr. J.W. Dotson (Uncanny Scents), Lakenda Wallace (Modern Peasant Beauty), Spyros Drosopoulos (Baruti), Boris Raux (artist), Jessica Murphy (Perfume Professor); Host: Saskia WIlson-Brown
Airdate: April 8, 2021
If you’ve ever explored an interest in olfactory art, chances are high that you will have come across the Norwegian-born artist Sissel Tolaas. Iconic, mercurial, and unapologetically herself, this pioneering artist joined us from her studio in Berlin to discuss her work with olfaction, her career trajectory, and - most importantly - her ideas. With: Sissel Tolaas; Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: March 25, 2021
Ohh la la it's all about the naughty behaviors in episode 5. Joining us are Etienne de Swardt (Etat Libre d'Orange), Chris Gordon (Maison Anonyme), Christophe Laudamiel (DreamAir), Lakenda Wallace (Modern Peasant), Persephenie Lea (Persephenie Perfume), Avery Gilbert (Headspace Sensory), James McHugh (USC), Elizabeth Powell, Donna Lipowitz; Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: March 11, 2021
In the second part of a two part series about scent and class, we discuss our aromatic bodies, our aromatic environment, and how scent plays into the concept of "the other". Guests include pioneering artist Anicka Yi, academic Hsuan L Hsu (UC Davis), perfumer Mary Richardson-Lowry (Identity Narrative), academic Nuri McBride (Death and Scent); Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: February 25, 2021
Guest curator Maxwell Williams of UFO Parfums leads an excursion into the aromatic underground. Don't worry: we put you on the guest list. Guests include Markus Popp aka Oval (musician), DJ Python (musician), Isabel Lewis (artist), Maria Golovina (Holynose Parfums); Guest Host: Maxwell Williams
Airdate: February 11, 2021
So you want to live like the common people? In the first part of a two part series about scent and class, we explore social structures through perfumery. Our guests are fashion designer Jake Treddenick, historian Jessica Murphy, perfumer Miya Porubcan, academic Nuri McBride, academic Robyn Price, perfumer Sarah Baker; Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: January 28, 2021
Ahhh... the sweet smell of home. Our inaugural episode explores how location relates to scent. It's aromatic placemaking, at its finest with perfumers Spyros Drosopoulos, Dana El Masri, Frank Bloem, Terees Western, Ashley Eden Kessler, Refugio Jimenez; academic Dr. Kate McLean, poet/perfumer Donna Lipowitz, Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown
Airdate: January 14, 2021
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