Episode Archives

Episode 115: Postales y Cartas con Ana Clara Padovani

Ana Clara Padovani (IG: postalesycartas) joined me from Argentina for a chat from about postcards, pen pals, books, music…and football. This show is a classic case of “postcards connect people.” Listen to find out how we connected.

You can find Ana on IG and on her website.

Also, you heard that Ana recommended some songs to me. Here they are:

Soda Stereo, En la ciudad de la furia , Lo que sangra, and En el séptimo día.

Charly GarcíaDemoliendo hoteles y Tu amor, a duet with Pedro Aznar.

BabasónicosLos calientesDeléctrico

Los PiojosAgua, Tan solo, El balneario de los doctores crotos.

DivididosNene de antes, Qué ves, Ala delta, Dame un limón.


Osvaldo Pugliese

Folklore: Mercedes Sosa, Zamba para olvidar .

Argentina Multiview Postcard

Episode 114: Postcard Connections with Dr. Justin Kreuter

I’m joined by Dr. Justin Kreuter, who’s known around Mayo Clinic as the Bow Tie Bandit of Blood. His day job includes:

  • Program director for the transfusion medicine fellowship
  • Medical director of the blood donor center
  • Associate medical director of the histocompatibility laboratory
  • Laboratory director at Federal Medical Center — Rochester
  • Alumnus of the Harvard Macy Institute’s program for educators in health professions

He’s also and avid postcard and letter writer. Artist. Musician. And podcaster. In this wide-ranging chat, we cover a lot of ground, all with a focus on how postcards connect people.

You can find Justin at these places:

Instagram: @kreutermd


Bow Tie Bandit of Blood Podcast


And here’s a link to an article about the need for blood donations and how your donations save lives. 

Hand-painted postcard by Dr. Justin Kreuter

Episode 113: Postcard Potpourri

In which I talk about postcards (and many other things) for 36 minutes, 26 seconds, and 121 milliseconds. Plus there’s some music as an intro and outro. This is the last in the series for National Postcard Week 2021.

Episode 112: Man on the Moon

In which I talk about Johnny Astro, growing up on the same street where Ray Bradbury grew up, and why I collect space postcards.

Episode 111: Postcard Experimental Design

In which I talk about polymer physics, design of experiments, rheology, digital calipers, coefficient of friction, bending deflection, stiffness…and why in the hell so many postcards get marred in the mail. 

Five types of cards I’ll use in the mailing experiment

Episode 110: Postcards and Postage Stamps

How many stamps do you put on a postcard? 

Episode 109: Pens & Pencils for Postcards

I’ve tested scores of pens and pencils to write postcards. Here’s where I tell you about it. 

Links to pens and pencils I use to write postcards:

Blue Sharpie



Sarasa Zebra

Retro 51





The Pens and Pencils I Discuss on the Show

Episode 108: National Postcard Week 2021

It’s National Postcard Week this week. I talk about it. 

Episode 107: A Postcard By Any Other Name

I chatted with postcard collector extraordinaire Mark Routh of Mark’s Postcard Chat about what defines a postcard — and how we make a distinction between a postcard and a piece of art. I think you’ll be surprised at the answer. 

Damien Hirst York Minster NHS Series

Episode 106: Desperately Seeking Postcards

I went on a trip across nine states and 20 hours of driving. I stopped along the way. I was Desperately Seeking Postcards. This is a show I recorded along the way.