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How fashion influences what we wear and who we are

Andre Leon Talley speaks during 'The Gospel According to Andre' Q&A during the 21st SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 2, 2018.
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Andre Leon Talley speaks during 'The Gospel According to Andre' Q&A during the 21st SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 2, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia.

This episode originally aired on March 2, 2022

Historian Tanisha C. Ford says she was always obsessed with style, but it wasn't until she became a college student that she saw fashion as both being deeply connected to her fellow Black students and a site of appropriation by the mainstream.

On this week's Disrupted, we revisit our conversation with Ford from this spring. We also look at the economic and environmental ramifications of the fast fashion industry.

GUESTS:

The original broadcast of this episode was produced by James Szkobel-Wolff and Zshekinah Collier.

Disrupted is produced by J. Carlisle Larsen, Kevin Chang Barnum, and Catie Talarski.

Special thanks to our summer interns Anya Grondalski and Mira Raju.

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J. Carlisle Larsen is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted' with Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean. JC has a background in production, reporting and hosting and previously worked for Wisconsin Public Radio and WDET-FM (Detroit’s NPR Station). Her work has appeared on National Public Radio, the CBC, and other outlets.
Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted.' Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Quinnipiac University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.