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Episode 129: Spatial Justice

A conversation with De Nichols about cities, monuments, and designing for community.

33 MIN2 d ago
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Episode 129: Spatial Justice

Episode 128: Decoding Luxury

Guest host Avery Trufelman talks about Articles of Interest, clothing, luxury; Larry Rosenberg’s Breath by Breath; Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu

30 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 128: Decoding Luxury

Episode 127: Fear and Longing

Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters; Hrishi Hirway and Mike Errico; The Quiz Broadcast; Shakespeare and Co. Project

31 MINMAY 21
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Episode 127: Fear and Longing

Episode 126: Screens and Dreams

Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration; Unorthodox; My Brilliant Friend; The Affair; Anil Dash on the dangers of social media; Anna Wiener on Silicon Valley; quarantine dreams

32 MINMAY 7
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Episode 126: Screens and Dreams

Episode 125: Zoom Aesthetics

Zoom aesthetics and COVID-19; Kyle Chayka on minimalism; Deborah Berke on shared spaces; Jessica Salfia’s poem “The First Lines of Emails I’ve Received While Quarantining”; Megan O’Grady on artistic recluses

32 MINAPR 23
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Episode 125: Zoom Aesthetics

Episode 124: That Thing You Do

Making art and design during the COVID-19 pandemic; Christoph Niemann and Daniella Zalcman; Adam Schlesinger; spec scripts for Larry David

32 MINAPR 9
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Episode 124: That Thing You Do

Episode 123: Closing Doors, Opening Doors

Looking at COVID=19: Flattening the curve, Washington Post designers Harry Stevens on visualizing social distancing, Alissa Walker on how dots are people, Stephen Sondheim at 90

35 MINMAR 26
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Episode 123: Closing Doors, Opening Doors

Episode 122: At Arm’s Length

COVID-19, social distancing, Luō Dàwèi’s One Thousand Families project, hiring product designers, Eric Rosenberg’s prop designs for The Plot Against America, Joanne McNeil’s Lurking

31 MINMAR 12
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Episode 122: At Arm’s Length

Episode 121: Love and Squalor

With guest host Alissa Walker of L.A. Podcast: Barbara Kruger at Frieze Week; Destination Crenshaw; homelessness; urban design competitions, Rose Lyster on air travel; Molly Young on garbage language

33 MINFEB 27
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Episode 121: Love and Squalor

Episode 120: Federal Style

The Trump Administration’s draft executive order Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again, the rise of the blur, a CBS brand book at the California Antiquarian Fair, Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley

33 MINFEB 13
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Episode 120: Federal Style

Latest Episodes

Episode 129: Spatial Justice

A conversation with De Nichols about cities, monuments, and designing for community.

33 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Episode 129: Spatial Justice

Episode 128: Decoding Luxury

Guest host Avery Trufelman talks about Articles of Interest, clothing, luxury; Larry Rosenberg’s Breath by Breath; Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu

30 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Episode 128: Decoding Luxury

Episode 127: Fear and Longing

Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters; Hrishi Hirway and Mike Errico; The Quiz Broadcast; Shakespeare and Co. Project

31 MINMAY 21
Comments
Episode 127: Fear and Longing

Episode 126: Screens and Dreams

Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration; Unorthodox; My Brilliant Friend; The Affair; Anil Dash on the dangers of social media; Anna Wiener on Silicon Valley; quarantine dreams

32 MINMAY 7
Comments
Episode 126: Screens and Dreams

Episode 125: Zoom Aesthetics

Zoom aesthetics and COVID-19; Kyle Chayka on minimalism; Deborah Berke on shared spaces; Jessica Salfia’s poem “The First Lines of Emails I’ve Received While Quarantining”; Megan O’Grady on artistic recluses

32 MINAPR 23
Comments
Episode 125: Zoom Aesthetics

Episode 124: That Thing You Do

Making art and design during the COVID-19 pandemic; Christoph Niemann and Daniella Zalcman; Adam Schlesinger; spec scripts for Larry David

32 MINAPR 9
Comments
Episode 124: That Thing You Do

Episode 123: Closing Doors, Opening Doors

Looking at COVID=19: Flattening the curve, Washington Post designers Harry Stevens on visualizing social distancing, Alissa Walker on how dots are people, Stephen Sondheim at 90

35 MINMAR 26
Comments
Episode 123: Closing Doors, Opening Doors

Episode 122: At Arm’s Length

COVID-19, social distancing, Luō Dàwèi’s One Thousand Families project, hiring product designers, Eric Rosenberg’s prop designs for The Plot Against America, Joanne McNeil’s Lurking

31 MINMAR 12
Comments
Episode 122: At Arm’s Length

Episode 121: Love and Squalor

With guest host Alissa Walker of L.A. Podcast: Barbara Kruger at Frieze Week; Destination Crenshaw; homelessness; urban design competitions, Rose Lyster on air travel; Molly Young on garbage language

33 MINFEB 27
Comments
Episode 121: Love and Squalor

Episode 120: Federal Style

The Trump Administration’s draft executive order Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again, the rise of the blur, a CBS brand book at the California Antiquarian Fair, Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley

33 MINFEB 13
Comments
Episode 120: Federal Style
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