13 episodes

From This Old House, Clearstory is a window that sheds light on the surprising stories behind our homes. Host Kevin O'Connor digs into the systems, structures and materials in our homes from unexpected angles. Why is the window the ultimate machine? What can Las Vegas teach us about lowering our water bills? How did the Great Chicago Fire change the way we frame houses today? How do you build the perfect roof? You’ll hear from Richard Trethewey, Tom Silva, Jeff Sweenor and the This Old House experts, as well as industry leaders, historians, and builders. Clearstory – your home in a new light.

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From This Old House, Clearstory is a window that sheds light on the surprising stories behind our homes. Host Kevin O'Connor digs into the systems, structures and materials in our homes from unexpected angles. Why is the window the ultimate machine? What can Las Vegas teach us about lowering our water bills? How did the Great Chicago Fire change the way we frame houses today? How do you build the perfect roof? You’ll hear from Richard Trethewey, Tom Silva, Jeff Sweenor and the This Old House experts, as well as industry leaders, historians, and builders. Clearstory – your home in a new light.

    Rebuilding Paradise: Holding onto Home

    Rebuilding Paradise: Holding onto Home

    After major natural disasters, like Superstorm Sandy and the Paradise, California fires, why do some homeowners choose to rebuild, often in the very same spot, while others opt to move and start fresh elsewhere? We hear stories from people who’ve made these tough decisions. Then, psychology professor Susan Clayton and This Old House’s Richard Trethewey talk about what “home” really means.
    Caséta by Lutron, pioneers in smart home technology, is the title sponsor of Clearstory, and The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is a presenting sponsor.
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    • 42 min
    Construction Waste: A Dumpster Dive

    Construction Waste: A Dumpster Dive

    We’ve all seen a dumpster full of debris on a job site, but do you know anything about where that construction waste ends up? We generate about 570 million tons of construction waste every year... and that number is growing. Listen as This Old House Contractor Charlie Silva sorts through what we can reuse or recycle, the EPA’s Nicole Villamizar runs the numbers, and Professor Debbie Reinhart looks to smarter technology.
    Caséta by Lutron, pioneers in smart home technology, is the title sponsor of Clearstory, and The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is a presenting sponsor.
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    • 32 min
    [Bonus] Proof from America’s Test Kitchen

    [Bonus] Proof from America’s Test Kitchen

    Clearstory will be back with a brand new episode next week. In the meantime, we’re excited to share a favorite podcast of ours: Proof from America’s Test Kitchen. Kevin sits down with host Bridget Lancaster to learn more about the podcast which “goes beyond recipes and cooking to investigate the foods we love,” and then we bring you the “Prepping for the Worst” episode of the show.
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    • 43 min
    Electricity: What’s Current and What’s Next?

    Electricity: What’s Current and What’s Next?

    In the future, you might have wireless electricity powering virtually everything in your home fed by transparent solar cells planted in your window glass. Alex Gruzen of WiTricity and Professor Vladimir Bulovic of MIT.nano explain the electric futures they are working on. And in the meantime, This Old House electrician Heath Eastman shares what he’s wiring up these days.
    Caséta by Lutron, pioneers in smart home technology, is the title sponsor of Clearstory, and The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is a presenting sponsor.
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    • 34 min
    Toilets: Humanity’s Greatest Invention?

    Toilets: Humanity’s Greatest Invention?

    Not everyone wants to talk about it, but the toilet is responsible for saving countless lives throughout human history. Hodding Carter, author of “Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization” takes us on a journey through the toilet’s development, and This Old House’s Richard Trethewey tours the Plumbing Museum with an eye to the past before looking to the future.
    Caséta by Lutron, pioneers in smart home technology, is the title sponsor of Clearstory, and The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is a presenting sponsor.
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    • 38 min
    Building Science: If These Walls Could Talk

    Building Science: If These Walls Could Talk

    Put simply, building science is used to optimize the performance of a building...but what does that actually mean for your home? Noted expert and industry consultant Christine Williamson helps decode the science, and offers practical tips to make your home more comfortable and efficient, and This Old House’s Richard Trethewey dons his lederhosen and fawns over German energy efficiency.
    Caséta by Lutron, pioneers in smart home technology, is the title sponsor of Clearstory, and The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is a presenting sponsor.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

Middleburg Don ,

Great episode on windows

Listening to this while working on the windows
In my 1850 farmhouse, I learned a lot. Love to hear the history and the great tips!

TOH Fan ,

Fantastic Podcast

Having grow up with This Old House. It is a true joy hearing individuals that I have grown to trust over the years for their expertise, talk about the mechanics of how things work around our home. Hearing how people feel about their home and their connection in the last episode of season 1, describes what this podcast has done for me personally. Looking forward to many more episodes.

MikeP520 ,

A whole new experience

I’ve always loved watching TOH since I was a teen with my parents, this podcast is a great companion to the show. Kevin and the TOH crew do a great job in explaining and entertaining on various home topics.

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