Have you listened to A Few Things with Claire and Erica? It's been a longtime favorite of mine.
Its hosts are the brilliant Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo (co-founders of the beautiful web shop Of A Kind and editors of the "10 things" e-newsletter), and they're in the middle of their second season with Heritage Radio Network.
I've been a dedicated reader of their weekly newsletter -- where they both share five new discoveries or tried-and-true loves -- for years. Their podcast is similar, but with a touch more focus. Each episode, they discuss one or two things they've been loving (for example, gentle sunscreens, mid-range candles, or good-for-you snacks), then they interview a special guest (like blogger Joanna Goddard, food writer Amanda Hesser, or author Sloane Crosley).
It's really nice listening to Claire and Erica chat away each week. They're good friends and business partners, and their dynamic is so effortless and relatable. Obviously, they have spot-on taste too and I always find myself googling and bookmarking their recommendations mid-listen.
If you want to dig in to their archives and are looking for a place to start, here are a few of my favorites episodes:
- Episode 5: Washi Tape, Canned Foods, and Anxiety (May 2015)
- Episode 6: Linen Beeding, Wireless Bras, and Storq Maternity Clothing (June 2015)
- Episode 12: Tidy Tova (July 2015)
- Episode 15: Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo (Aug. 2015)
- Episode 19: Cleaning Products and Aminatou Sow's Guide to Using the Word "Girls" (Sep. 2015)
- Episode 24: Go-To Candles and Writing Tips from Literary Superstar Sloane Crosley (Nov. 2015)
My favorite episode to date has been the most recent one -- episode 24. Sloane Crosley has done a number of interviews since her new book The Clasp was released earlier this month (including one on the podcast Oh Boy), and this one has been my favorite by far. Claire and Erica did a fantastic job of guiding the interview and letting Sloane shine. The topics they covered were ones I hadn't heard her mention before, like writing retreats, the meaning behind her characters' names, writing from a male's perspective, and the $100 candle her house-sitter burned through in a week. Side note: I'm half-way through The Clasp right now and would highly recommend it.
When to Listen:
A Few Things is uploaded most Wednesdays, and each episode is somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes. It's not the type of podcast that requires full concentration, though if you find their recommendations as helpful as I do, you may want to have a notepad handy. I play it on walks with Morty the dog or on train rides to meetings. Claire and Erica call it the perfect lunchtime listen.
Where to Listen:
You can stream or download episodes for free on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms, I'm sure. You can also stream episodes on Heritage Radio Network's website, or listen live at 5pm on Wednesday evenings.
I'm a dedicated fan and usually listen to episodes the day they're uploaded. But as with any new-ish show, there's some room for improvement (mostly in the interviews, where the sound quality can be quite low). Overall, I'd give it a 9 -- definitely a favorite that I plan on sticking with.
So what do you think? Have you listened to A Few Things? Will You? I'd love to know!