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By Susanna King
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.
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Ep. 34 - Kids, Screens & Mental Health


Ep. 38 - Envisioning a Reusable Future
We discuss the article "Meet Loop, the new zero-waste platform for consumer products" by Adele Peters in Fast Company. Our conversation touches on recycling, bulk shopping, delivery services, conference swag, and microplastics.  #recycling #environment #shopping
November 01, 2019
Ep. 37 - Navigating the World of Dating Apps
We discuss the article "How Tinder Changed Dating for a Generation" by Ashley Fetters in The Atlantic.  In this episode:  The history of dating apps and online dating What's made some apps succeed and others fail Fear Of a Better Option (FOBO) Why it's harder to meet people in person nowadays How dating can actually be hard work
June 09, 2019
Ep. 36 - Hopepunk: A light in the dystopian darkness
We discuss the article "Hopepunk, explained: the storytelling trend that weaponizes optimism" by Aja Romano in Vox. 
May 24, 2019
Ep. 35 - Searching for the World's Best Strawberries
We discuss the article "How Driscoll's Reinvented the Strawberry" by Dana Goodyear in the New Yorker:
March 28, 2019
Ep. 34 - Kids, Screens & Mental Health
We discuss the article "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" by Jean M. Twenge in The Atlantic. 
March 09, 2019
Ep. 33 - Crops vs. Water in California
We discuss the article "A Kingdom from Dust" by Mark Arax in the California Sunday Magazine (
March 02, 2019
Ep. 32 - We're back with a book club for long reads
We've returned from our break with a slight format change. Check our blog at to see which article we'll be discussing next week.
February 23, 2019
Ep. 31 - The Art of Selecting Background Music
We discuss the article "Inside the booming business of background music" by Jake Hulyer in The Guardian:
December 05, 2018
Ep. 30 - The Sport of Fashion
We discuss the article "Everything You Wear Is Athleisure" by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic:
November 24, 2018
Ep. 29 - New Life for Old Towns
We discuss the article "Can You Curate a Town?" by Jennifer Miller in the New York Times:
November 17, 2018
Ep. 28 - One Input to Rule Them All
We discuss the article "Why We Can't Quit the QWERTY Keyboard" by Rachel Metz for MIT Technology Review:
November 02, 2018
Ep. 27 - Making Sense of Scents Part 2
We continue our discussion of the article "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume" by Katy Kelleher for Longreads:
October 26, 2018
Ep. 26 - Making Sense of Scents Part 1
We discuss the article "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume" by Katy Kelleher in Longreads:
October 22, 2018
Ep. 25 - Mapping Our Social Networks
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.
October 13, 2018
Ep. 24 - How to Stay Clean Without Bathing
We discuss the article "Getting Clean, the Tudor Way" by Ruth Goodman in The New Republic:
October 06, 2018
Ep. 23 - The Pollination Situation
Dan takes a break, Susanna and Amanda discuss the article "The Super Bowl of Beekeeping" by Jaime Lowe in the New York Times Magazine:
September 21, 2018
Ep. 22 - What's In a Color?
We discuss the article "Treasures from the Color Archive" by Simon Schama in The New Yorker.
September 17, 2018
Ep. 21 - How Should We Diagnose Mental Illness?
We discuss the article "All mental disorders are brain disorders … not." by Eiko Fried:
August 31, 2018
Ep. 20 - Open-Concept Homes
We discuss the article "The Case for Rooms" by Kate Wagner in The Atlantic:
August 24, 2018
Ep. 19 - Procrastination
We discuss the article "How to Stop Procrastinating and Finish a Big Project" by Olga Khazan in the Atlantic.
August 17, 2018
Ep. 18 - The History of Cat DNA
We discuss the article "How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World" by Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic:
August 10, 2018
Ep. 17 - Cats: Lovable & Dangerous
Ecologist Amanda joins us as we discuss the article "The Moral Cost of Cats" by Rachel E. Gross in Smithsonian Magazine.
August 04, 2018
Ep. 16 - The Startup School Experiment
We discuss the article "How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco" by Daniel Duane in Wired:
July 28, 2018
Ep. 15 - What Is Cyberpunk, Really?
We discuss the article "Where are the Radical Politics of Cyberpunk?" by Cameron Kunzelman in Waypoint:
July 23, 2018
Summer Vacation Announcement
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:
June 22, 2018
Ep. 14 - Why Does Water Attract Bad Science?
We discuss the article "A Compassionate Substance - How science and myth collide in water." by Philip Ball in Lapham's Quarterly.
June 15, 2018
Episode 13 - Drowning in Plastic
We discuss the article "We Depend on Plastic. Now We're Drowning in It." by Laura Parker in National Geographic.
June 09, 2018
Episode 12 - The Changing College Admission Criteria
We discuss the article "The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less" by Jeffrey Selingo in The Atlantic:
June 01, 2018
Episode 11 - The Smell of Old Books
We discuss the article "What's That Smell You're Reading?" by Ann Elizabeth Wiener in Distillations magazine:
May 25, 2018
Episode 10 - The Shoddy Statistics of Sports Research
We discuss the article "How Shoddy Statistics Found a Home in Sports Research" by Christie Aschwanden and Mai Nguyen at
May 18, 2018
Episode 9 - Experiential Design & Ice Cream Dreams
We discuss the article "I Dream of Content-Trash" by Zach Webb in The Baffler:
May 11, 2018
Episode 8 - The Loud Restaurant Phenomenon
We discuss the article "Why restaurants became so loud — and how to fight back" by Julia Belluz in Vox.
May 03, 2018
Episode 7 - What Happened to the Humanities?
We discuss the article "Dear Humanities Profs: We Are the Problem" by Eric Bennett in the Chronicle of Higher Education:
April 27, 2018
Episode 6 - What Went Wrong (and Right) with OLPC's $100 Laptop
We discuss the article "OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong" by Adi Robertson:
April 19, 2018
Episode 5 - What Don't We Eat for Breakfast Anymore?
We discuss the article "10 Breakfasts from a Century Ago that No One Eats Anymore" by Kat Kinsman:
April 12, 2018
Episode 4 - American Literature in China
We discuss Hollis Robbins' article "Dancing with Chains."
April 06, 2018
Episode 3 - Urban Renewal & the "Busy Streets" Theory
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."
March 30, 2018
Episode 2 - GenX and '90s Fashion
We discuss the article "Why Gen X Isn't Psyched for the '90s Revival" from Racked.
March 23, 2018
Episode 1 - The Science of Skin Care
We discuss the article "How Skin Care Became an At-Home Science Experiment" by Julie Beck in The Atlantic. (
March 15, 2018