Artist/Materialist

Artist/Materialist

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Susanna is a graphic designer. Dan is a materials scientist. Each week, we discuss a long read about science or culture from our unique points of view. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 35 - Searching for the World’s Best Strawberries
Mar 28 • 25 min
We discuss the article “How Driscoll’s Reinvented the Strawberry” by Dana Goodyear in the New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/21/how-driscolls-reinvented-the-strawberry/amp Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Ep. 34 - Kids, Screens & Mental Health
Mar 9 • 30 min
We discuss the article “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” by Jean M. Twenge in The Atlantic. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 33 - Crops vs. Water in California
Mar 2 • 39 min
We discuss the article “A Kingdom from Dust” by Mark Arax in the California Sunday Magazine (https://story.californiasunday.com/resnick-a-kingdom-from-dust). Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 32 - We’re back with a book club for long reads
Feb 23 • 2 min
We’ve returned from our break with a slight format change. Check our blog at artistmaterialist.com to see which article we’ll be discussing next week. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 31 - The Art of Selecting Background Music
Dec 5, 2018 • 34 min
We discuss the article “Inside the booming business of background music” by Jake Hulyer in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/06/inside-the-booming-business-of-background-music Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Ep. 30 - The Sport of Fashion
Nov 24, 2018 • 30 min
We discuss the article “Everything You Wear Is Athleisure” by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/bicycle-bloomers-yoga-pants-how-sports-shaped-modern-fashion/574081/ Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Ep. 29 - New Life for Old Towns
Nov 17, 2018 • 30 min
We discuss the article “Can You Curate a Town?” by Jennifer Miller in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/03/style/mountain-dale-new-york.html Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 28 - One Input to Rule Them All
Nov 2, 2018 • 34 min
We discuss the article “Why We Can’t Quit the QWERTY Keyboard” by Rachel Metz for MIT Technology Review: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611620/why-we-cant-quit-the-qwerty-keyboard/ Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Ep. 27 - Making Sense of Scents Part 2
Oct 26, 2018 • 24 min
We continue our discussion of the article “The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume” by Katy Kelleher for Longreads: https://longreads.com/2018/09/10/ugly-history-of-beautiful-things-perfume/ Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Ep. 26 - Making Sense of Scents Part 1
Oct 22, 2018 • 26 min
We discuss the article “The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume” by Katy Kelleher in Longreads: https://longreads.com/2018/09/10/ugly-history-of-beautiful-things-perfume/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 25 - Mapping Our Social Networks
Oct 12, 2018 • 31 min
We discuss the article “How Connected Is Your Community to Everywhere Else in America?” by Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui in the New York Times. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 24 - How to Stay Clean Without Bathing
Oct 6, 2018 • 31 min
We discuss the article “Getting Clean, the Tudor Way” by Ruth Goodman in The New Republic: https://newrepublic.com/article/129828/getting-clean-tudor-way Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 23 - The Pollination Situation
Sep 21, 2018 • 22 min
Dan takes a break, Susanna and Amanda discuss the article “The Super Bowl of Beekeeping” by Jaime Lowe in the New York Times Magazine: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/magazine/the-super-bowl-of-beekeeping.html Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Ep. 22 - What’s In a Color?
Sep 17, 2018 • 34 min
We discuss the article “Treasures from the Color Archive” by Simon Schama in The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/03/treasures-from-the-color-archive Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 21 - How Should We Diagnose Mental Illness?
Aug 31, 2018 • 36 min
We discuss the article “All mental disorders are brain disorders … not.” by Eiko Fried: http://eiko-fried.com/all-mental-disorders-are-brain-disorders-not/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 20 - Open-Concept Homes
Aug 24, 2018 • 37 min
We discuss the article “The Case for Rooms” by Kate Wagner in The Atlantic: https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/08/the-case-for-rooms/563216/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 19 - Procrastination
Aug 17, 2018 • 38 min
We discuss the article “How to Stop Procrastinating and Finish a Big Project” by Olga Khazan in the Atlantic. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 18 - The History of Cat DNA
Aug 10, 2018 • 22 min
We discuss the article “How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World” by Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/cat-domination/530685/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Ep. 17 - Cats: Lovable & Dangerous
Aug 4, 2018 • 32 min
Ecologist Amanda joins us as we discuss the article “The Moral Cost of Cats” by Rachel E. Gross in Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/moral-cost-of-cats-180960505/ Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Ep. 16 - The Startup School Experiment
Jul 28, 2018 • 32 min
We discuss the article “How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco” by Daniel Duane in Wired: https://www.wired.com/story/willie-brown-middle-school-startup-mentality-failed/ Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Ep. 15 - What Is Cyberpunk, Really?
Jul 23, 2018 • 32 min
We discuss the article “Where are the Radical Politics of Cyberpunk?” by Cameron Kunzelman in Waypoint: https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/ne5jg7/radical-politics-cyberpunk-2077 Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Summer Vacation Announcement
Jun 22, 2018 • 0 min
We’re taking a brief hiatus from making the podcast this week & next. In the meantime, please share any interesting long read articles you’ve come across recently over at our blog: http://artistmaterialist.wordpress.com Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Ep. 14 - Why Does Water Attract Bad Science?
Jun 15, 2018 • 28 min
We discuss the article “A Compassionate Substance - How science and myth collide in water.” by Philip Ball in Lapham’s Quarterly. https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/water/compassionate-substance Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Episode 13 - Drowning in Plastic
Jun 9, 2018 • 28 min
We discuss the article “We Depend on Plastic. Now We’re Drowning in It.” by Laura Parker in National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/plastic-planet-waste-pollution-trash-crisis/ Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Episode 12 - The Changing College Admission Criteria
Jun 1, 2018 • 24 min
We discuss the article “The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less” by Jeffrey Selingo in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/05/college-admissions-gpa-sat-act/561167/ Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Episode 11 - The Smell of Old Books
May 25, 2018 • 27 min
We discuss the article “What’s That Smell You’re Reading?” by Ann Elizabeth Wiener in Distillations magazine: https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/magazine/whats-that-smell-youre-reading Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Episode 10 - The Shoddy Statistics of Sports Research
May 18, 2018 • 34 min
We discuss the article “How Shoddy Statistics Found a Home in Sports Research” by Christie Aschwanden and Mai Nguyen at FiveThirtyEight.com: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-shoddy-statistics-found-a-home-in-sports-research/ Become a supporter of…
Episode 9 - Experiential Design & Ice Cream Dreams
May 11, 2018 • 33 min
We discuss the article “I Dream of Content-Trash” by Zach Webb in The Baffler: https://thebaffler.com/latest/i-dream-of-content-trash-webb Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Episode 8 - The Loud Restaurant Phenomenon
May 3, 2018 • 26 min
We discuss the article “Why restaurants became so loud — and how to fight back” by Julia Belluz in Vox. https://www.vox.com/2018/4/18/17168504/restaurants-noise-levels-loud-decibels Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Episode 7 - What Happened to the Humanities?
Apr 27, 2018 • 33 min
We discuss the article “Dear Humanities Profs: We Are the Problem” by Eric Bennett in the Chronicle of Higher Education: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Dear-Humanities-Profs-We-Are/243100 Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Episode 6 - What Went Wrong (and Right) with OLPC’s $100 Laptop
Apr 19, 2018 • 34 min
We discuss the article “OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong” by Adi Robertson: https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/4/16/17233946/olpcs-100-laptop-education-where-is-it-now Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Episode 5 - What Don’t We Eat for Breakfast Anymore?
Apr 12, 2018 • 30 min
We discuss the article “10 Breakfasts from a Century Ago that No One Eats Anymore” by Kat Kinsman: http://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/breakfast-foods-no-one-eats-anymore Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Episode 4 - American Literature in China
Apr 5, 2018 • 24 min
We discuss Hollis Robbins’ article “Dancing with Chains.” http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/dancing-chains/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Episode 3 - Urban Renewal & the “Busy Streets” Theory
Mar 29, 2018 • 35 min
We discuss a study of urban renewal efforts in Flint Michigan as described in the article “Want to fight crime? Plant some flowers with your neighbor.” https://theconversation.com/want-to-fight-crime-plant-some-flowers-with-your-neighbor-91804 Become a…
Episode 2 - GenX and ’90s Fashion
Mar 23, 2018 • 36 min
We discuss the article “Why Gen X Isn’t Psyched for the ’90s Revival” from Racked. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support
Episode 1 - The Science of Skin Care
Mar 15, 2018 • 27 min
We discuss the article “How Skin Care Became an At-Home Science Experiment” by Julie Beck in The Atlantic. (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/03/the-citizen-science-of-skin-care/555125/) Become a supporter of this podcast:…