The Craftsmanship Initiative

9 EpisodesProduced by Craftsmanship InitiativeWebsite

Welcome to our podcast! We are a nonprofit, multi-media digital magazine focusing on in-depth profiles of intriguing artisans and innovators across the globe — makers who are creating a world built to last. If you enjoy listening to long-form narratives, our audio recordings are for you. We partnere… read more

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When Indigenous Women Win

September 20th, 2019


In the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, a band of determined indigenous women led the overthrow of a criminal cartel. Their victory revived the town’s traditional livelihood, and ushered in a model form of …

The Jewelry Archaeologist

August 29th, 2019


Through years of painstaking, often combative detective work, Hugo Kohl rescued an era of early American jewelry manufacturing technology that was on …

How Far Can Beer Science Go?

August 15th, 2019


Where else would you expect to find a band of techno-scientific craft beer geeks, except in the industrial side of San Francisco, ground zero for …

The Watchman of Lausanne

July 26th, 2019


For more than six centuries, a lone figure—part guard, part human angel—has circled the bell tower every night in the Cathedral of Lausanne, calling out the hour. For the last 28 years, it’s been Renato Häusler’s turn. …

The Secrets of an Italian Gelato Master

June 28th, 2019


Gelato, it turns out, is a very different creature from ice cream. And there are reasons that the best gelato tastes so creamy yet somehow still light—and indescribably perfect. In honor of summer, we delve into the …

The Art of the Joke

May 24th, 2019


When you watch masterful stand-up comics perform, they seem just naturally hilarious. Don’t kid yourself; this is hard work — a craft like making …

The Architecture of Trust

May 10th, 2019


A quick glance at today’s hyperventilated political climate delivers an unmistakable message: We don’t know how to talk with each other anymore. A …

Eco-Fashion's Animal Rights Delusion

February 8th, 2019


In this exploration of the hidden stories behind materials such as wool and rayon, silk and polyester, and vegan leather, Alden Wicker — a frequent …

The Drought Fighter

January 31st, 2019


Could a small, controversial farmer in California have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world? With only minimal irrigation, …

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