Artist/Materialist

38 EpisodesProduced by Susanna KingWebsite

Susanna is a graphic designer. Dan is a materials scientist. Each week, we discuss a long read about science or culture from our unique points of view. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/artistmaterialist/support

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Ep. 37 - Navigating the World of Dating Apps

June 9th, 2019

31:22

We discuss the article "How Tinder Changed Dating for a Generation" by Ashley Fetters in The Atlantic. 

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  • The history of dating …

Ep. 35 - Searching for the World's Best Strawberries

March 28th, 2019

25:30

We discuss the article "How Driscoll's Reinvented the Strawberry" by Dana Goodyear in the New Yorker:

Ep. 33 - Crops vs. Water in California

March 2nd, 2019

39:49

We discuss the article "A Kingdom from Dust" by Mark Arax in the California Sunday Magazine (https://story.californiasunday.com/resnick-a-kingdom-from-dust).

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Ep. 32 - We're back with a book club for long reads

February 23rd, 2019

2:27

We've returned from our break with a slight format change. Check our blog at artistmaterialist.com to see which article we'll be discussing next week.

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Ep. 31 - The Art of Selecting Background Music

December 5th, 2018

34:07

We discuss the article "Inside the booming business of background music" by Jake Hulyer in The Guardian:

Ep. 29 - New Life for Old Towns

November 17th, 2018

30:05

We discuss the article "Can You Curate a Town?" by Jennifer Miller in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/03/style/mountain-dale-new-york.html

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Ep. 28 - One Input to Rule Them All

November 2nd, 2018

34:18

We discuss the article "Why We Can't Quit the QWERTY Keyboard" by Rachel Metz for MIT Technology Review:

Ep. 27 - Making Sense of Scents Part 2

October 26th, 2018

24:20

We continue our discussion of the article "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume" by Katy Kelleher for Longreads:

Ep. 26 - Making Sense of Scents Part 1

October 22nd, 2018

26:08

We discuss the article "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume" by Katy Kelleher in Longreads:

Ep. 25 - Mapping Our Social Networks

October 13th, 2018

31:58

We discuss the article "How Connected Is Your Community to Everywhere Else in America?" by Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui in the New York Times.

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Ep. 24 - How to Stay Clean Without Bathing

October 6th, 2018

31:18

We discuss the article "Getting Clean, the Tudor Way" by Ruth Goodman in The New Republic: https://newrepublic.com/article/129828/getting-clean-tudor-way

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Ep. 23 - The Pollination Situation

September 21st, 2018

22:22

Dan takes a break, Susanna and Amanda discuss the article "The Super Bowl of Beekeeping" by Jaime Lowe in the New York Times Magazine: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/magazine/the-super-bowl-of-beekeeping.html

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Ep. 22 - What's In a Color?

September 17th, 2018

34:10

We discuss the article "Treasures from the Color Archive" by Simon Schama in The New Yorker.

Ep. 21 - How Should We Diagnose Mental Illness?

August 31st, 2018

36:16

We discuss the article "All mental disorders are brain disorders … not." by Eiko Fried: http://eiko-fried.com/all-mental-disorders-are-brain-disorders-not/

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Ep. 19 - Procrastination

August 17th, 2018

38:24

We discuss the article "How to Stop Procrastinating and Finish a Big Project" by Olga Khazan in the Atlantic.

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Ep. 18 - The History of Cat DNA

August 10th, 2018

22:55

We discuss the article "How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World" by Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/cat-domination/530685/

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Ep. 17 - Cats: Lovable & Dangerous

August 4th, 2018

32:10

Ecologist Amanda joins us as we discuss the article "The Moral Cost of Cats" by Rachel E. Gross in Smithsonian Magazine.

Ep. 16 - The Startup School Experiment

July 28th, 2018

32:45

We discuss the article "How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco" by Daniel Duane in Wired:

Ep. 15 - What Is Cyberpunk, Really?

July 23rd, 2018

32:24

We discuss the article "Where are the Radical Politics of Cyberpunk?" by Cameron Kunzelman in Waypoint:

Summer Vacation Announcement

June 22nd, 2018

0:31

We're taking a brief hiatus from making the podcast this week & next. In the meantime, please share any interesting long read articles you've come across recently over at our blog:

Ep. 14 - Why Does Water Attract Bad Science?

June 15th, 2018

28:07

We discuss the article "A Compassionate Substance - How science and myth collide in water." by Philip Ball in Lapham's Quarterly.

Episode 13 - Drowning in Plastic

June 9th, 2018

28:45

We discuss the article "We Depend on Plastic. Now We're Drowning in It." by Laura Parker in National Geographic.

Episode 12 - The Changing College Admission Criteria

June 1st, 2018

24:59

We discuss the article "The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less" by Jeffrey Selingo in The Atlantic:

Episode 11 - The Smell of Old Books

May 25th, 2018

27:32

We discuss the article "What's That Smell You're Reading?" by Ann Elizabeth Wiener in Distillations magazine: https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/magazine/whats-that-smell-youre-reading

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Episode 10 - The Shoddy Statistics of Sports Research

May 18th, 2018

34:34

We discuss the article "How Shoddy Statistics Found a Home in Sports Research" by Christie Aschwanden and Mai Nguyen at FiveThirtyEight.com:

Episode 8 - The Loud Restaurant Phenomenon

May 3rd, 2018

26:38

We discuss the article "Why restaurants became so loud — and how to fight back" by Julia Belluz in Vox.

Episode 7 - What Happened to the Humanities?

April 27th, 2018

33:15

We discuss the article "Dear Humanities Profs: We Are the Problem" by Eric Bennett in the Chronicle of Higher Education: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Dear-Humanities-Profs-We-Are/243100

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Episode 6 - What Went Wrong (and Right) with OLPC's $100 Laptop

April 19th, 2018

34:56

We discuss the article "OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong" by Adi Robertson:

Episode 5 - What Don't We Eat for Breakfast Anymore?

April 12th, 2018

30:03

We discuss the article "10 Breakfasts from a Century Ago that No One Eats Anymore" by Kat Kinsman: http://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/breakfast-foods-no-one-eats-anymore

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Episode 4 - American Literature in China

April 6th, 2018

24:17

We discuss Hollis Robbins' article "Dancing with Chains." http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/dancing-chains/

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Episode 3 - Urban Renewal & the "Busy Streets" Theory

March 30th, 2018

35:22

We discuss a study of urban renewal efforts in Flint Michigan as described in the article "Want to fight crime? Plant some flowers with your neighbor."

Episode 2 - GenX and '90s Fashion

March 23rd, 2018

36:23

We discuss the article "Why Gen X Isn't Psyched for the '90s Revival" from Racked.

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Episode 1 - The Science of Skin Care

March 15th, 2018

27:55

We discuss the article "How Skin Care Became an At-Home Science Experiment" by Julie Beck in The Atlantic. (

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