USModernist Radio USModernist Radio

USModernist® Radio is underwritten by June Goldfinger and Jeff Taylor, sponsors of Circle Square Triangle:  a traveling exhibition on the Architecture of Myron Goldfinger - and by Diane Bald and The Budman Family, restoring significant architecture in Toronto, Los Angeles, Malibu and Palm Springs. Diane Bald and The Budman Family, restoring significant architecture in Toronto, Los Angeles, Malibu and Palm Springs.

Here are all our past shows

Listen to one of America's top-rated architecture podcasts as the USModernist® Radio crew talks and laughs with fascinating people who own, create, love, and hate Modernist architecture, the most controversial houses and buildings in the world.

USModernist

Past and upcoming architecture guests include Jeanne Gang, Bjarke Ingels, Daniel Libeskind, Barbara Bestor, Moshe Safdie, Tom Kundig, Harry Bates, Peter Bohlin, Alan Hess, Peter Gluck, Robert Rubin, Blair Kamin, Barry Bergdoll, Myron Goldfinger, Kenneth Frampton, Katie Swenson, Bob Ivy, Jen Masengarb, Angie Brooks + Larry Scarpa, Gisue Hariri, Sekou Cooke, Alexandra Lange, Paul Goldberger, Inga Saffron, Jim Olson, Debbie Millman, Sarah Susanka, Helena Arahuete, Raymond and Dion Neutra, Eric and Susan Saarinen, and many more.

Marilyn Scott -

Past and upcoming musical guests include China Forbes, Ann Hampton Callaway, Lucy Wijnands, Diane Schuur, Noel Paul Stookey, Brenda Lee, Lenore Raphael and Howard Alden, Eliane Elias, Toni Tennille, Halie Loren, Stacey Kent, Jane Monheit, Jennifer Warnes, Marilyn Scott, Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel, Storm Large, Kate Earl, Nneena Freelon, Darius Brubeck, Maria Maldaur, Claire Martin, Robin McKelle, Bria Skonberg, Sophie Milman, Lucy Woodward, Heather Rigdon, Tierney Sutton and many others, including: Diana Panton / Don Most / Donna Loren / Eden Atwood / Elaine Lucia / Elijah Rock / Erin Boheme / Gina Eckstine / Hailey Tuck / Heidi Skjerve & Daniel Formo / Helen Gillet / Judy Carmichael / Kate Earl / Laura Fygi / Linda Eder / Louise Cappi / Melissa Morgan / Michael Sinatra / Monika Ryan / Nicole Zuraitis / Oleta Adams / Pat Kirtley / Paul Marinaro / Peter Lamb and the Wolves / Rebecca Kilgore / Rosana Eckert / Tony Desare / Victoria Vox

Featured In

Listen Notes

Listen Via

Never listened to a podcast before? Try this on any computer/mobile. Or the Internet Archive .

Presented By

image1.jpeg

Host and Executive Producer George Smart HAIA, one dark and stormy night in 2007, started what has become USModernist®, the largest open digital nonprofit educational archive for Modernist residential design in the world. George and his intrepid team of wildly dedicated volunteers and woefully underpaid staff have won 19 local, state, and national awards, He appears in the 2020 architecture documentary Frey II and the 2024 architecture documentary New England Modernism, both by Jake Gorst.

Announcer, co-host, and engineer Tom Guild, legendary Raleigh FM DJ, grew up in a Durham Modernist house. He was on WRDU and WQDR back when humans actually played vinyl records over the airwaves using something called radio. Over the years, Tom recorded and mixed hours of top-notch audio including Porsche By Design for the NC Museum of Art. He met Mick Jagger. He has not met Frank Gehry. The security code for the show's recording studio, SoundTrax, is 8675309.

Upcoming Episodes

Apr 1 #346/Watching Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950:  Truman Newberry + Musical Guest Julianna Raye

Mar 25 #345/From Modernism Week 2024;  Alan Hess on Irving Gill + Erin Ellwood on Craig Ellwood + Musical Guest Lucy Woodward


Mar 18 #344/Children of Genius: Mira Nakashima + Peg Risom Bull


Mar 11 #343/The Myron Goldfinger Panel + Musical Guest Lucy Wijnands

An exhibition last fall on the late architect Myron Goldfinger opened and USModernist was there moderating the panel’s remembrances. Circle Square Triangle: The Architecture of Myron Goldfinger, closed at the end of 2023 but will be touring other locations in 2024. Myron Goldfinger’s signature Modernist houses of the Hamptons and Westchester in New York include the wild party house featured in The Wolf of Wall Street. A favorite architect of New York City’s rich and powerful during the 1980s, Myron died in the summer 2023 at the age of ninety. Talking about Myron Goldfinger’s legacy were his wife and partner, designer June Goldfinger; Laura Blau, who has lived in a Goldfinger house for 50 years; legendary architectural photographer Norman McGrath; architects John Field and Joeb Moore, who worked with Myron; and designer and Hamptons preservationist Timothy Godbold. Recorded at the New Canaan Museum in the epicenter of Connecticut Modernism, New Canaan CT.  Later on, we spend quality time with musical guest Lucy Wijnands.

Mar 4 #342/Architects Michelle Kaufmann + Roger Ferris + Podcasters Ron Melk + Kevin Kennedy

 

Creating affordable, transportable, innovative prefab houses has been the holy grail of architecture for 100 years, and if you were reading DWELL in the early 2000’s, you couldn’t miss their coverage of the latest adventurers on that quest.  Joining us today is one of the most successful, Michelle Kaufmann, now with Google.  Later on George travels to Stamford CT to talk with Modernist architect Roger Ferris, and we wrap up with fellow podcasters Ron Melk and Kevin Kennedy of Your Valuable Home.