how things are made
S5E12P2 Making Art with Chainsaws: the dangdut cowboys go to indonesia, “Mannequins”

S5E12P2 Making Art with Chainsaws: the dangdut cowboys go to indonesia, “Mannequins”

November 17, 2019

The dangdut cowboys performance on Indonesian national television is uploaded to youtube. In this episode, computers read poor translations of viewer comments while how things are made performs Mannequins. Also, the latest installment of the one minute contest; who will win this time?!?!?!?!?!

S5E12P1 Making Art with Chainsaws: the dangdut cowboys go to indonesia, “Kitchen Knives”

S5E12P1 Making Art with Chainsaws: the dangdut cowboys go to indonesia, “Kitchen Knives”

November 10, 2019

In spring of 2019, the US State Department dispatched a cadre of academics to tour Indonesia and perform classic and contemporary dangdut songs to an audience of millions. On this installment, advice for ordering fried rice and unrelated music about kitchen knives with Devon Tipp and Lu Han Li. 

S5E11P4 It’s Always Punny in Sillydelphia, “Glider Rockers”

S5E11P4 It’s Always Punny in Sillydelphia, “Glider Rockers”

November 3, 2019

Most people don't know this, but how things are made is actually a genre of 19th century Russian literature. Featuring Lu Han Li! 

S5E11P3 It’s Always Punny in Sillydelphia, “Soft Drinks”

S5E11P3 It’s Always Punny in Sillydelphia, “Soft Drinks”

October 27, 2019

Mr. Handy and Mr. Handy demonstrate a lightly understood principle of plant life. 

S5E11P2 It’s Always Punny in Sillydelphia, “Caskets”

S5E11P2 It’s Always Punny in Sillydelphia, “Caskets”

October 20, 2019

Do we live in the height of the technological age or the bowels of a technocratic hellscape? There are only two options presented. How things are made investigates with Lu Han Li, but you decide. We can't stress this enough. You must make a decision. You won't catch us editorializing one bit. Thanks. 

S5E11P1 It’s Always Punny in Sillydelphia, “Cement”

S5E11P1 It’s Always Punny in Sillydelphia, “Cement”

October 13, 2019

Lu Han Li joins how things are made to discuss technology and consumerism. Also, a big-time movie review for Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). 

S5E10P4 The Viewer is the Creator of Meaning, “Crystal Wine Glasses”

S5E10P4 The Viewer is the Creator of Meaning, “Crystal Wine Glasses”

October 6, 2019

music for recorder, hi-hats, trumpet and electronics 

S5E10P3 The Viewer is the Creator of Meaning, “Cardboard Boxes”

S5E10P3 The Viewer is the Creator of Meaning, “Cardboard Boxes”

September 29, 2019

It's time for that word of the day. Matt and Dave and Dave and Matt have a contest that lasts one minute. Who wins?! Better not vote in the comments!!! Calls from our fans in Dogtown, Alabama and Fertow, Iowa. Found poetry read over a delightfully overdubbed groove (original). 

S5E10P2 The Viewer is the Creator of Meaning, “Lapel Pins”

S5E10P2 The Viewer is the Creator of Meaning, “Lapel Pins”

September 22, 2019

A funny thing happens. Also, music for Yoko Murakami's "Drowning Shadows".

S5E10P1 The Viewer is the Creator of Meaning, “Goalie Pads”

S5E10P1 The Viewer is the Creator of Meaning, “Goalie Pads”

September 15, 2019

Welcome to the How Things are Made Podcast: an introduction