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I got my glasses in the third grade. They're an accessory for me the way my spleen is an accessory for me.
Eyeglasses send all kinds of messages, but we're not always sure what they are. The synergy between a face, its underlying personality and the frames you slide over the ears is pretty complicated. So we thought we'd try to unpack it all today with a diverse panel, including two hip young women who blog about eyewear, a guy who runs a trendy frames shop, a news anchor kind of famous for wearing eyewear when nobody else did, a historian of eyeglasses, one of our young essayists from The CuT magazine, and, very possibly, if the mood strikes him ... our own Bruce Barber.
It's a busy show, but we'll also find time for you. How does eyewear speak to you? Is is sexy? Trendy? Nerdy? Scholarly? What sort of entanglements have your own eyeglasses led you into? Or is it all a big nearsighted blur?.
***This broadcast originally aired January 8, 2010.***