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Marijuana Goes Mainstream

Friday, April 18, 2014

Studio 360 has asked designers to come up with new concepts for the gay pride flag, Monopoly, and even Christmas, and we came up this design challenge: rebrand marijuana for mainstream culture. The Original Champions of Design (OCD), a branding firm, took on the challenge ...

Slideshow: Redesigning Marijuana

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99% Invisible

110- Structural Integrity

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top.

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109- Title TK

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The name is important. It’s the first thing of any product you use or buy or see. The tip of the spear. You are bombarded by thousands of names every day. In this daily barrage, only the names that are most interesting and most pleasant on the tongu...

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108- Barcodes

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

When George Laurer goes to the grocery store, he doesn't tell the check-out people that he invented the barcode, but his wife used to point it out. "My husband here's the one who invented that barcode," she'd occasionally say.

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107- Call Now

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When it's three o'clock in the morning and everything is going wrong in your life, there's a certain kind of ad you might see on basic cable. Lawyers–usually guys–promise to battle the heartless, tight-wad insurance companies on your behalf.

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99% Invisible

106- The Fancy Shape

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quatrefoil is the name of the four-lobed cloverleaf shape. It's everywhere: adorning Gothic cathedrals, more modern churches, Rhode Island mansions, mission-style roofs in California, and decorating victorian homes from coast to coast.

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On The Media

Google Search Results Kill the Underline

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Yesterday, on the 25th anniversary of the web, Google quietly rolled out a change that feels like a nail in the coffin of the early design of the internet. It removed underlines from its link results.

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105- One Man is An Island

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A few years ago, reporter Sean Cole was working on a radio story and needed to interview the rapper Busta Rhymes. Sean was living in Boston at the time, so he did a Google search for “Busta Rhymes” and “Boston” to see if Busta had any upcomi...

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New Tech City

The Story Behind the Poster on Every Tech Startup's Wall

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It's a commentary on the ethos behind innovation today, and it reveals just how much luck and self-love are embraced in the startup world. New Tech City explains the ubiquitous "Holstee Manifesto."

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Studio 360

Will Your Next Car Fly?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Along with robots and ray guns, the 21st century was definitely supposed to include flying cars. We have pretty decent robots, and all kinds of lasers. As for the flying cars, there is a very small, well-funded race among a few entrepreneurs to make this sci-fi trope a reality. In Davis, California ...

Slideshow: Moller International’s Skycar

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Studio 360

Kirk to Enterprise: Star Trek in Your Pocket

Friday, January 24, 2014

“By 2013, I literally envisioned that I would be retiring on the moon,” says Candy Torres, a former software engineer for the International Space Station. Like so many scientists of her generation, Torres grew up watching Star Trek in the late 1960s. On the Enterprise ...

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Studio 360

MoMA Knocks Down Its Next-Door Neighbor

Friday, January 17, 2014

Last May, we reported on a story in which it seemed David had triumphed over Goliath. David was a quirky, acclaimed jewel box of a building in midtown Manhattan — the former American Folk Art Museum — and the preservationists who loved it. Goliath was the Museum of Modern Art ...

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Ask Me Another

Potters Love Puns

Thursday, January 09, 2014

(Episode 306) This week’s Very Important Puzzler, designer and potter Jonathan Adler, creates his eye-catching home furnishings much like we aim to design our games — to be colorful, witty and full of joy.

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Studio 360

Studio 360 Parties in 3D: featuring Javelin

Monday, December 23, 2013

3D printers make it possible to print almost anything. So we wanted to see what our listeners might do with this new technology, so we teamed up with the 3D printer maker MakerBot to give them a challenge: to create a holiday ornament. Last week, we threw a party in WNYC's Greene ...

Video: Javelin, "Airfield" (live)

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The Takeaway

The Nostalgic Road from Detroit to Tehran

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

While the world may be waiting to see how the nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran shakes out, people in Iran's auto industry are far more anxious to see U.S. sanctions lifted and the revival of the car market. The Paykan, a homely little car, may just be a bridge between two divided nations. Shahin Armin, a seasoned expert in all things Paykan, joins The Takeaway to discuss what sanctions have done to Iran's auto industry.

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Studio 360

Extra Credit: 3D Printing Challenge

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Studio 360 is partnering with MakerBot, a company that makes 3D printers, to give you a new Extra Credit project: a holiday ornament challenge. Winners of the challenge will have the chance to take part in our live event in New York on December 17.

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Transportation Nation

Troubled Silver Spring Transit Center Could Open Next Year

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WAMU

The Silver Spring Transit Center, years behind schedule and about $15 million over budget, finally may be ready to open to the public next year after additional repair work, Montgomery County, Md. officials announced on Tuesday.

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The Takeaway

Designing Networks for Answers in Syria

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Is there another way to approach intervention in Syria, and can answers be found in the real time networks of individuals making decisions on the ground? Alexa Courtney is the executive vice president of Caerus Associates. According to Courtney, designing tools to access localized Syrian networks are what gives the group an ear to quality information, that in turn can be used by policy makers to make quality decisions about U.S. action.

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Studio 360

Mario Buatta: Prince of Chintz

Friday, November 08, 2013

In the 1970s and 80s, Mario Buatta made a name for himself creating opulent, English country style interiors for the rich and famous. He’s designed for Jackie Onassis, Barbara Walters, and Henry Kissinger — he also created rooms in Blair House, the White House’s guest residence. ...

Slideshow: Mario Buatta’s Interiors

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Studio 360

Remembering Vietnam at the Wall

Friday, November 08, 2013

Last month, as part of our American Icons series, we explored the history and enduring impact of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. After the broadcast, we heard from dozens of listeners — including many veterans their family members — about what the Wall means to them ...

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