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Set Decorator Beth Kushnick’s Tools Are Furniture and Accessories

“I’m another part of being a storyteller. I fabricate and create for the characters from the bottom up.”

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Episode Notes

This week, host June Thomas discusses the art of set decoration with Beth Kushnick. Beth has worked on dozens of film and TV projects including The Good Wife, The Good Fight, and the new EPIX series Bridge and Tunnel. In the interview she talks about how she sources items and finds authentic furniture and accessories for period pieces. She also explains how physical items can add complexity and biographical details to the characters we see in movies and on television.

After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about Beth’s experience working during the pandemic. Then June talks to Slate writer and editor Dan Kois about a book deal he just landed.

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You can follow Beth on Instagram @bethkushnick, where you can see photos from Bridge and Tunnel and other shows. Her podcast is called Decorating the Set: From Hollywood to Your Home With Beth Kushnic‪k‬.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews

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