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Design for the Real World: Roomba

Friday, March 24, 2006

Buy any robots lately? Robotics engineer Daniel H. Wilson explains what's so special about a sentient little vacuum cleaner called the "Roomba." Produced by Caitlin Lindsey.

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Fins Come to Karachi

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Samina Quraeshi grew up in a prominent family in Pakistan in the 1960s. She remembers the exact moment she decided to become a designer: when she saw the tail fins on the American ambassador's car.

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The Bomb

Friday, March 10, 2006

This week in Studio 360, the Cold War is over -- but the atomic bomb still has a hold on us. Kurt Andersen talks with historian Richard Rhodes about how living with the threat of the bomb has changed us and our culture, high ...

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Bionic Hearing

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Michael Chorost was born with a severe hearing impairment, the result of a rubella epidemic in the 1960s. He used hearing aids, learned to speak, went to regular schools and got his Ph.D. in English. Then, a few years ago, Michael's residual hearing abruptly gave out. His ...

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HDTV Takes the Scenic Route

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Set designers for television always want their sets to look good; whether a police precinct, fake emergency room, or news magazine backdrop -- but they never want them to upstage the performers in the foreground. As Dave Johns discovered, these days the super-sharp resolution of high definition ...

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Recipe for Paper

Thursday, January 19, 2006

We consume paper by the ton, but most of us never think about where it really comes from. Just how do trees turn into paper towels and junk mail? We sent WBUR's Sean Cole on a messy mission.

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Lego Bible

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Meet "Reverend" Brendan Powell Smith. He's not an ordained minister, but he's applied all his creative energies and a vast collection of Legos to telling one story — one that features rape, incest, stoning, forbidden fruit, and rains of fire and brimstone. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Sticky Fingers

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Stephan Sagmeister is a graphic designer who grew up in Austria and has designed album covers for the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads. This year he was awarded a National Design Award by the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum for excellence in graphic design. When we asked Sagmeister about his ...

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Design for the Real World: Tract Houses

Saturday, October 22, 2005

D. J. Waldie loves the suburbs. He was born in one of the tract houses manufactured by the thousands in Lakewood, California. He lives there still, and today works for the city. His book Holy Land is a strange and beautiful mix of personal memoir and suburban ...

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Design for the Real World: London Underground Map

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Chris Spurgeon explains the strange inaccuracies of an iconic map.  

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Design for the Real World: Superball

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Curator Paola Antonelli remembers how the tiny, energetic Superball made havoc in classrooms and workplaces.

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Embroidered Implants

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Embroidery's not just for pillowcases any more. Design curator Matilda McQuaid tells us about an intricate little piece of polyester that only the surgeons ever get to see.

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HDTV Takes the Scenic Route

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Set designers for television always want their sets to look good — whether a police precinct, fake emergency room, or news magazine backdrop — but they never want them to upstage the performers in the foreground. As Dave Johns discovered, these days the super-sharp resolution of high definition television is making ...

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Design for the Real World: PDA

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Design curator Paola Antonelli on the fall of Apple's Newton handheld computer, the rise of the Palm, and what makes a great "personal digital assistant" tick.

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Design for the Real World: Jay Harman

Saturday, July 23, 2005

When designer Jay Harman comes home from a sailing expedition, he’s got a head full of inventions which he spins into new products — beautiful, efficient designs that mimic nature. He grew up in Australia and spent hours in the ocean watching the way fish move. He envied ...

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Commentary: Freedom Tower

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Kurt Andersen explains how a great design for a skyscraper at Ground Zero suffered death by committee.

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Design for the Real World: Fixed Gear Bike

Saturday, July 02, 2005

With only one speed, no flywheel, and no brakes, the fixed-gear reduces the modern bicycle to its most basic machinery. In today’s Design for the Real World, graphic designer and amateur racer Naz Hamid tells why he loves to ride on the wild side. Produced by Jonathan Menjivar.

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Action Figure

Saturday, June 25, 2005

A lot of us grew up with GI Joe and Princess Leia action figures. But today's selection of tiny plastic dolls isn’t limited to movie and comic book characters. Super heroes worked hard to make our democracy safe. So it naturally follows that we can now customize our ...

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Special Guest: Todd Oldham

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Kurt Andersen and designer Todd Oldham talk about the intoxicating power of color in art, design, and music.

Todd Oldham is a designer for whom color is both whimsy and serious business. Oldham first made his name as a fashion designer of clothes known for their graphic patterns, ...

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Design for the Real World: Frisbee

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Somewhere, right now, at a picnic or on a playing field, someone is pulling out a plate-sized plastic disk to toss around. Paola Antonelli, design curator at the Museum of Modern Art, tells us about how the Frisbee came about and how it has endured.

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