how things are made
S5E13P4 Holiday Spectacular: the new cure for seasonal affective disorder, “Toothbrushes”

S5E13P4 Holiday Spectacular: the new cure for seasonal affective disorder, “Toothbrushes”

December 29, 2019

In the final installment of the how things are made podcast, how things are made tells tale of our sordid relationship with Radioshack. 

This podcast ship has sailed, but you can still keep up with our new releases on our bandcamp page: http://howthingsaremade.bandcamp.com 

(Barring a communication systems failure, hold for release till the end of the world confirmed)

S5E13P3 Holiday Spectacular: the new cure for seasonal affective disorder, “Eyeglass Frames”

S5E13P3 Holiday Spectacular: the new cure for seasonal affective disorder, “Eyeglass Frames”

December 22, 2019

Emily Rodgers and Erik Cirelli join how things are made for an improvised recital and then an unexpected live remix of all the material we might have, but didn't to fully use in the course of the podcast! We're going there!

Featuring text from "The Grass Dancer" by Susan Power

S5E13P2 Holiday Spectacular: the new cure for seasonal affective disorder, “Kites”

S5E13P2 Holiday Spectacular: the new cure for seasonal affective disorder, “Kites”

December 15, 2019

Albert Manders, inventor of the baroque flute, joins the how things are made podcast to explain how the baroque flute took over the world and caused the speculative butter futures market to explode. (reminder: Carl lives in a bag of chips).

music: "Kites"  featuring Derek Bendel, Albert Manders, David Matthews, and Kevin Sapp

S5E13P1 Holiday Spectacular: the new cure for seasonal affective disorder, “Electric Panels”

S5E13P1 Holiday Spectacular: the new cure for seasonal affective disorder, “Electric Panels”

December 8, 2019

It's winter here in Pittsburgh. The sky is permanently grey and the windchill drops lower everyday. The How Things are Made Podcast is coming to an end. However, in this episode we present our recently developed new cure for seasonal affective disorder. Part 1 of the final episode: electric panels. If you're listening to this podcast, you are probably near one. Are all your switches on? How things are made tells you how to get in tune with electricity. 

 

 Music recorded live at Brillo Box in Pittsburgh on 11/30/2017

 

(bummed that the podcast is going away? all the podcast episodes are being uploaded to our bandcamp page at www.bandcamp.com/howthingsaremade. also, we've got a new cassette that's just been released on Flag Day Records. you can buy your own Real-time duplicated high bias chrome tape here)

S5E12P4 Making Art with Chainsaws: the dangdut cowboys go to indonesia, “Hypodermic Needles”

S5E12P4 Making Art with Chainsaws: the dangdut cowboys go to indonesia, “Hypodermic Needles”

December 1, 2019

How things are made is joined by a famous reporter, then more poorly translated youtube comments about the dangdut cowboy's performance and a song about hypodermic needles. Viva Dangdut.

 

^* |Dank, it's the Doot| *^

S5E12P3 Making Art with Chainsaws: the dangdut cowboys go to indonesia, “Socks”

S5E12P3 Making Art with Chainsaws: the dangdut cowboys go to indonesia, “Socks”

November 24, 2019

How things are made plays "Socks" in a at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. (episode unrelated to dangdut cowboys. Or is it? No? Does anybody read these? If so, leave us a comment about your holiday plans!) 

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.