BBC's 'Slow Radio' Programming Includes the Sounds of Clocks, Cows, and Zoo Animals

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Between music, podcasts, and radio shows, listeners have access to more audio content than ever before. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the options, and the BBC understands. It's now offering you the chance to give your mind a break with some low-stakes slow listening, Quartz reports.

This fall, BBC's Radio 3 will broadcast a series of soothing recordings, featuring the sounds of a cathedral, a zoo at dusk, the UK's largest clock collection, and a herd of cows being blessed. Each 30-minute segment will lack the voiceover that's usually heard on the public radio station, instead leaving room for smaller noises like the ticking of clock gears and the chattering of animals.

BBC's slow radio fits into a larger trend of content that's designed to be meditative rather than overly stimulating. Norway's Slow TV, which has broadcast hours of fishing, knitting, and migrating reindeer footage, adheres to the same idea, but includes visuals as well as audio. The new BBC programming might also trigger ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response: the scalp 'tingles' some people get when watching videos of people whispering or making other soft sounds.

After debuting this season, BBC plans to continue its slow radio experiment with a Christmas Eve show. It will feature three hours of audio of BBC's Horatio Clare hiking through the Black Forest.

[h/t Quartz]

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

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Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

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