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Articles of Interest is a show about what we wear. Produced and Hosted by Avery Trufelman

Plus Sizes
Plus-sized fashion seems to live in a separate trend cycle. There are different patterns, different cuts. And most notably, women’s shirts often have holes in their shoulders. And this separate plus-sized fashion universe reveals a lot about the way clothes are made and measured… and the way clothes dictate who is allowed to participate in public life. This episode was made in collaboration with the show Weight For It. Links, images, and more at articlesof
Wed, September 13, 2023
The Corduroy Appreciation Club
A secret society. A secret tradition. And a cloth that somehow lends itself to ritual. (I can’t believe that, fatefully, this is the 11th episode of the year.)
Wed, August 30, 2023
Himanshu kept seeing paisley everywhere: from his home temple to his couch cushions to his mom’s pants. Some of these products were Indian but a lot weren’t. How did this pattern get embraced by the world? See for images, links and more.
Wed, August 16, 2023
Paper and Rubber
This is about two examples of cloth-alternatives. One that went extinct. And one that’s very much alive. This story deals with sex and sexuality. But in a fun way! Images, links, and more details at
Wed, August 2, 2023
The Black Fashion Museum
The tricky thing about fashion is that, in order to preserve its history, you need to preserve physical garments. And, alas, closet space is finite, cloth gets sun-bleached and eaten by moths, and Americans notoriously do not care about their fashion heritage. So this is why one woman decided to put a call out across the country and make a scrappy archive all by herself. This story was reported by Enya Hennings. Pictures, details and more at
Wed, June 21, 2023
Prison Uniforms (with Ear Hustle)
Prison uniforms are not, in fact, uniform. There are so many types of clothes that are worn across different facilities… including … some prisons that don’t have uniforms at all. This episode is a special collaboration between Articles Of Interest and Ear Hustle, dropping on both of our feeds. For images of the Broad Arrow, and to see a prison without uniforms, go to
Wed, June 7, 2023
How To Dress
Think of this mini episode as a tiny makeover in your ears. Amy Smilovic, the founder of Tibi, has some of the best advice when it comes to gathering a wardrobe and putting outfits together. These are some of my favorite tips from Amy’s book, The Creative Pragmatist. For links, transcript, and more, go to
Wed, May 24, 2023
Our Mannequins, Ourselves
Behind the scenes at the Costume Institute, we see how long it really takes to dress a mannequin. And learn about a few famous mannequins from the past. For images, links, and more, go to
Wed, May 10, 2023
Inside The Factory
On the ten year anniversary of a horrible manufacturing disaster- a look at what has changed, what hasn’t, and the massive secret industry behind it all. If you’d like to sign the petition from Clean Clothes Campaign, click here or head to for more links and resources on the audit industry and audit deception.
Wed, April 26, 2023
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