12 episodes

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 partnered with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and several of its MFA students to produce audio versions of some of our most popular stories of craftsmanship and mastery. To support this project, please consider making a donation — it's tax-deductible!

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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 partnered with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and several of its MFA students to produce audio versions of some of our most popular stories of craftsmanship and mastery. To support this project, please consider making a donation — it's tax-deductible!

    The Bug Whisperer

    The Bug Whisperer

    Mark Sturges doesn’t advertise. Clients have to find him by word of mouth, but find him they do. He’s become a master of an agricultural art as old as agriculture itself: basic compost.

    The Bug Whisperer, written by Kristin Ohlson, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. 

    Introduction by: Summer Brown

    Narrated by: Dinah Berkeley

    Produced by: Larry Rosen

    • 18 min
    Straw Bale: The Ultra-Ecological House

    Straw Bale: The Ultra-Ecological House

    As our environmental challenges mount — from devastating wildfires to hurricanes and floods — one solution, largely ignored thus far, may lie in using an unlikely-sounding material for home-building: straw. Has the lowly straw bale home’s time finally come?

    Straw Bale: The Ultra-Ecological House, written by M.E.A. ("Mea") McNeil, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site.

    Introduction by: Summer Brown

    Narrated by: Dinah Berkeley

    Produced by: Larry Rosen

    Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”

    • 30 min
    The Bonsai Kid

    The Bonsai Kid

    A young Oregonian believes that he can create a uniquely American form of the Japanese bonsai tree. And he is literally betting the farm on the idea that if he builds it, they will come.

    The Bonsai Kid, written by Nancy Lebrun, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site.

    Introduction by: Summer Brown
    Narrated by: Avanthika Srinivasan
    Produced by: Larry Rosen

    Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”

    • 30 min
    When Indigenous Women Win

    When Indigenous Women Win

    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 self-government.

    When Indigenous Women Win, written by Andrew Sullivan, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site.

    Introduction by: Summer Brown
    Narrated by: Goran Norquist
    Produced by: Aaron Cundy

    • 22 min
    The Jewelry Archaeologist

    The Jewelry Archaeologist

    Through years of painstaking, often combative detective work, Hugo Kohl rescued an era of early American jewelry manufacturing technology that was on the brink of extinction. And what Kohl makes with these old machines turns out to be superior, in many ways, to the finest modern jewelry.

    "The Jewelry Archeologist", written by Alison Main, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site.

    Introduction by: Summer Brown
    Narrated by: Dinah Berkeley
    Produced by: Larry Rosen

    • 44 min
    How Far Can Beer Science Go?

    How Far Can Beer Science Go?

    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 startups? Join our fermentation correspondent as she travels to the outer edges of beer flavors with the boys of Method Brewing. 

    "How Far Can Beer Science Go", written and narrated by Grace Rubenstein, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site.

    Introduction by: Summer Brown
    Narrated by: Grace Rubenstein
    Produced by: Aaron Cundy

    Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”

    • 22 min

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I love this podcast that combines my twin interests of sustainability and art. My new fav!

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