how things are made
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

S5E9P4 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Fishing Lures”

S5E9P4 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Fishing Lures”

September 8, 2019

Automated baseball mascot. Word of the day! "Fishing Lures"! OK this was a weird one.

 

Are you sick and tired of buying insurance to cover the risk of harming the human that you stuff into an unventilated poly-foam synthetic suit and pay to dance for children and give fake high fives to umpires? Well, thanks to the great minds at screwball technologies, your ballclub can keep the light entertainment flowing between innings without endangering a helpless, dehydrated teenager.  Hi, I'm Rover, the worlds first fully automated baseball mascot and the newest addition to your local ballpark. I like to dance for children and make a goofy face. I like to play tricks on umpires. I like to run the bases and fall over and over and over again until your cheering fans get off their seat and on to their feet to support the local sluggers. Go Sluggers! Let's play ball Sluggers!  

S5E9P3 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Yule Logs”

S5E9P3 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Yule Logs”

September 1, 2019

Susan Kuo introduces "Yule Logs". Dave and Matt enter a one minute contest. Advert for automated baseball mascots. Nonsense poems over fancy grooves. Congratulations to Lisa Fender for a two-day class. Unreferenced remix. 

S5E9P2 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Bagpipes”

S5E9P2 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Bagpipes”

August 25, 2019

Susan Kuo introduces "Bagpipes". The members of How Things are Made are solicited and so are you!

S5E9P1 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Sulkies”

S5E9P1 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Sulkies”

August 18, 2019

Automated baseball mascots have taken the minor leagues by storm, but do pro teams see the same inevitability on the horizon? All this plus a passionate listener call and the first half of an extended duet between Matt and Brian at the Glitterbox Theater called "Sulkies".