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Craftsmanship Quarterly

Craftsmanship Quarterly

By Craftsmanship Initiative
Welcome to our podcast! We are a nonprofit, multimedia digital magazine focusing on in-depth profiles of intriguing artisans and innovators across the globe — the movers and makers who are creating a world built to last. To support this project, please consider making a donation — it's tax-deductible! www.craftsmanship.net/donate
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Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser on Healing our Soil, and Going Beyond Organic
Craftsmanship's founding editor Todd Oppenheimer sits down with Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser, a husband-and-wife farming team who have been at the forefront of a promising approach to growing food called regenerative agriculture. Hear about the success of the movement they helped start; some mind boggling results from recent testing on their soil and produce; and how they harness Mother Nature to make their land more productive than any human technology ever could. This episode is part of the series of “Artisan Interviews” produced by Craftsmanship Quarterly, in which we bring you conversations with the artisans behind the stories, and with those who write about them. You can visit the Kaisers' website at www.singingfrogsfarm.com. And, you can read our original 2015 article on the Kaisers titled, "The Drought Fighter." Written by CRAFTSMANSHIP EDITORS Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by TODD OPPENHEIMER WITH PAUL AND ELIZABETH KAISER Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS Cover image by MICHAEL WOOLSEY PHOTOGRAPHY
30:31
May 13, 2022
The Glass Builder
Ann Morhauser started with nothing but debt in a tiny glassware studio in Watsonville, a coastal community in central California. Now her work is in stores across the country—and in the Smithsonian. What is her secret to artisanal success? "The Glass Builder" 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. Written by PEGGY TOWNSEND Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
26:05
April 19, 2022
The Hidden Powers of a Sheep
Not only is wool unusually cozy and durable, but its creators (the  sheep) can help regenerate the world’s drying, fire-prone landscapes. The good news: a wool revival seems to be underway. "The Hidden Powers of a Sheep" 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. Written by JUDITH D. SCHWARTZ Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by CHRIS EGUSA Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
23:17
April 07, 2022
A Black Artist’s Haven on a (mostly) White Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard has long been seen as a summer retreat for the East  Coast elite. The island’s reality, however, is a far more complex  environment that has welcomed and inspired generations of Black  Americans, including an artist and doll maker named Janice Frame. "A Black Artist’s Haven on a (mostly) White Vineyard" 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. Written by SKIP FINLEY Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by JOSHUA SIROTIAK Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
14:27
March 24, 2022
The Toolbelt Masters
With gumption, insight, and brilliant use of social media, a few guys in Virginia built an operation that makes what could be the world’s finest  toolbelts. "The Toolbelt Masters" 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. Written by LORRAINE SANDERS Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
28:13
March 15, 2022
The New Sign Painters
The commercial signs of yesteryear, which were all painted by hand, offer a kind of beauty, personality, and longevity that today’s industrial signs have been unable to duplicate. While exploring what’s left of the old sign-painting traditions, we stumbled upon small but lively seeds of revival. "The New Sign Painters" 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. Written by LAURA FRASER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by GÖRAN NORQUIST Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
26:30
March 02, 2022
James & Deborah Fallows on ‘Our Towns’: a Craftsmanship Artisan Interview
James and Deborah Fallows spent four years crisscrossing the United States in a small plane, visiting dozens of small towns. The stories they found were surprising—and entirely contrary to the narrative we've all read about in the news. They saw  communities engaged in a vigorous process of economic renewal—a stunning portrait, in sum, of an America reinventing itself, literally from the ground up. They published their findings in “Our Towns: a 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America,” (Penguin Random House, 2018) and produced an HBO documentary of the same name in 2021. They also founded Our Towns Civic Foundation, a nonprofit initiative that continues their work. Because their story overlaps so forcefully with the theme of our Winter 2022 issue, “Reviving Our Abandoned Small Towns”, we snagged Jim and Deb for a sit-down interview with Todd Oppenheimer, founder and executive director of The Craftsmanship Initiative. This episode is part of the series of “Artisan Interviews,” produced by Craftsmanship Quarterly, in which we bring you conversations with the artisans behind the stories, and with those who write about them. Written by CRAFTSMANSHIP EDITORS Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by TODD OPPENHEIMER WITH JAMES & DEBORAH FALLOWS Produced by CHRIS EGUSA
26:28
February 10, 2022
The Craft of Sustainable Rice Farming
The Isbell family of Arkansas has spent decades experimenting with new ways to grow rice. In the process, they pioneered American-grown rice for sushi and sake, along with farming techniques that can save water and help slow climate change. "The Craft of Sustainable Rice Farming" 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. Written by DAVID RAMSEY Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by MIKE EGUSA Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
22:50
February 03, 2022
The Secret to Vintage Jeans
In November, 2017, the doors closed on North Carolina’s White Oak plant — one of the first, and (almost) the last, big textile mill in the  U.S. to make true, vintage-style denim. Our correspondent tracks down the secret to classic jeans, and their unexpected future. "The Secret to Vintage Jeans" 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. Written by BRIAN HOWE, with updated reporting by TODD OPPENHEIMER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by CHRIS EGUSA Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN
26:56
January 26, 2022
Parts & Recreation
What makes people devote hours to the frustrating task of gluing together pieces so small you have to pick them up with tweezers? And does this obsessive hobby even matter anymore? To find out, a devotee of the art dives into Revell’s world of plastic models. "Parts & Recreation" 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. Written by JEFF GREENWALD Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by MITCH GREENBERG Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
43:02
January 11, 2022
Historical Clothing’s Comeback
A collection of sewing enthusiasts, dedicated to the anachronistic art of making old-fashioned clothes, stumbles onto a path that revives quality, comfort, ecological consciousness—and respect for the female form in all its varieties. "Historical Clothing’s Comeback" 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. Written by BETH WINEGARNER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN
32:51
December 28, 2021
Could Co-Ops Solve Income Inequality?
In the Basque country of Northern Spain, the Mondragon Corporation—the world’s largest co-operative business enterprise—has found ways to  weather economic crises, avoid severe income inequality, and build long-term worker loyalty. Why don’t more businesses follow “the Mondragon model”? "Could Co-Ops Solve Income Inequality?" 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. Written by ROBERTO LOVATO Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by GÖRAN NORQUIST Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN
34:21
December 15, 2021
Fibershed's Rebecca Burgess on Slow Fashion and Place-Based Economies: a Craftsmanship Artisan Interview
Rebecca Burgess is the executive director of Fibershed, an internationally recognized nonprofit focused on transforming the clothing and textile system, the author of two books, and a vocationally trained weaver and natural dyer. She sat down with Craftsmanship Quarterly to talk about price and privilege when it comes to "slow fashion," why the world can no longer afford fast fashion, and what she learned from a year of only wearing clothing produced within 150 miles of her home. This episode is part of our series “Artisan Interviews,” in which we bring you conversations with the artisans behind the stories, and with those  who write about them. Craftsmanship Quarterly is 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. Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
33:24
December 02, 2021
The Human Cost of Recycled Cotton
Everyone in the fashion world wants to find a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to make cotton clothes — or a benign (and comfy) alternative. Some are on the brink of succeeding. But almost no one understands these innovations’ social costs. "The Human Cost of Recycled Cotton," written and narrated by Alden Wicker, 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. Editor’s note: This story was updated from the original by the author for re-release in our Fall 2021 issue. Written by ALDEN WICKER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by ALDEN WICKER Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN
29:37
November 04, 2021
Alden Wicker on Sustainable Fashion and Toxic Clothes: a Craftsmanship Artisan Interview
This episode is part of our series “Artisan Interviews,” in which we bring you conversations with the artisans behind the stories, and with those who write about them. Alden Wicker, award-winning journalist, sustainable fashion expert, and founder of EcoCult, talks about her disillusionment with the idea of “voting with your dollars;" why the cotton industry is in disarray; and some concerning new research around toxicity and chemicals in fashion. Craftsmanship Quarterly is 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. Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
25:19
October 15, 2021
Argentina’s Textile Crusader
If you want an unusually cozy scarf or sweater made of natural fiber, merino wool or alpaca are the usual choices. But what about the guanaco, the alpaca’s little-known cousin, which grows even finer fleece? For Adriana Marina, the guanaco’s time has come to be South America’s finest source for sustainable textiles. "Argentina’s Textile Crusader" written and narrated by Alden Wicker, 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. Written by ALDEN WICKER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by ALDEN WICKER Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS Alden Wicker is an award-winning journalist and sustainable fashion expert.
27:46
October 01, 2021
The Perfect Pen
Fountain pens have always served as the quintessential combination of beauty, tradition, and dexterity. But did you know they’re also tools of  environmental consciousness? Join our tour of the fountain pen’s  history, infinite varieties, and remarkable powers. With tips for shopping and maintenance. "The Perfect Pen" written by Tim Redmond, 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. Written by TIM REDMOND Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by CHRIS EGUSA Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
17:29
August 24, 2021
The Lost Art of Traditional Bow Hunting
As interest in hunting with a bow and arrow has risen, much of the gear has gone high-tech. Meanwhile, a small band of purists like Gabriel Miossi have turned to a traditional Native American weapon: the stick bow. "The Lost Art of Traditional Bow Hunting" written by David Munro, 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. Written by MEGHAN WARD Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by Göran Norquist Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN
24:02
August 11, 2021
Let Tinkerbell Tinker
As the economy’s reliance on innovation grows, the offering of toys for  girls remains–well, somewhat less than innovative. Fortunately, a few smart women are starting to solve this problem by reviving the time-honored principles of tinkering, this time for girls. "Let Tinkerbell Tinker" written by David Munro, 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. Written by DAVID MUNRO Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by Göran Norquist Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
27:09
July 28, 2021
Led by the Nose
In a growing number of artisanal shops dotted around the globe, small-scale perfume artists are bottling a world of scents left untapped  by commercial fragrance houses. "Led by the Nose" written by Barbara Tannenbaum, 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. Written by BARBARA TANNENBAUM Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
36:57
July 15, 2021
The Soul of French Invention
An American woodworker’s love affair with “the best” (and perhaps least  well-known) sculpture museum in Paris – and what the affair taught him. "The Soul of French Invention" written by Gary Rogowski, 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.
17:04
July 01, 2021
The Reed Artist
A writer searches Istanbul's cafes and alleys for the king of the ney, an enigmatic — and at times, endangered — flute that has long been a mainstay of Muslim musical traditions. "The Reed Artist," written by Rollo Romig, 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. Written by ROLLO ROMIG Narrated by GORAN NORQUIST Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / NEYZEN EMIN
42:35
June 24, 2021
Go-Go Music, with Shorty Corleone and Roy Battle: A Craftsmanship Quarterly Artisan Interview
Go-go music is a rhythm-heavy blend of funk, soul, and blues that is at the very heart of Washington, D.C.'s Black community. And while the style has been influencing Top 40 hits for decades, it's little known outside the District. In this episode of Craftsmanship Quarterly's Artisan Interviews, two key artists in the go-go scene, Shorty Corleone and Roy Battle, discuss go-go's distinctive sound, growing up in the scene, and why a live show is not to be missed. For a more in-depth look at go-go music, check out "Washington, D.C.’s Homegrown Funk: Go-Go Music", written by Alona Wartofsky. Craftsmanship Quarterly is 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: Chris Egusa Produced by: Chris Egusa Music by: Shorty Corleone, Roy Battle, Rare Essence, Chuck Brown, Grover Washington, Jr., Killa Cal, Hot Cold Sweat, The Pure Elegance Band, TOB
13:45
June 17, 2021
India’s Rug Saint
Nand Kishore Chaudhary built Jaipur Rugs into a runaway success by  working closely with India’s poorest citizens, and by developing an  apprenticeship system around India’s chronic battles with child labor.  How do such difficult pieces fit into India’s social and economic  puzzle? "India's Rug Saint," written by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, 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. Written by CATHRYN JAKOBSON RAMIN Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
36:02
June 10, 2021
Greece’s Secret to Perfect Honey
While prosperous countries like the U.S. have struggled to keep their honeybees alive, Greece continues to produce what many consider the  world’s finest honey. What’s the Greeks’ secret? And why can’t everyone else keep up? "Greece’s Secret to Perfect Honey," written by Robert Lovato, 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. Written by Rob Waters Introduction by Chris Egusa Narrated by Izaak Sibley Produced by Chris Egusa Music by Mike Snowden / Blue Dot Sessions
30:44
June 03, 2021
Real Film Strikes Back
Against all odds, and despite the best efforts of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, old-fashioned, analog, motion-picture film is suddenly making a comeback. What’s the magic in this old medium that digital technology can’t seem to match? Real Film Strikes Back, written by David Munro, 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: Chris Egusa Narrated by: Goran Norquist Produced by: Chris Egusa Music by: Mike Snowden
31:25
May 25, 2021
The Hydraulic Genius of Shari’ah Law
You’ve probably never heard the term “acequia,” but it describes one of  the oldest methods of irrigation on the planet. Too bad American  ranchers have largely ignored it. "The Hydraulic Genius of Shari’ah Law," written by Robert Lovato, 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. Written by Robert Lovato Introduction by Chris Egusa Narrated by Mitch Greenberg Produced by Chris Egusa Music by Mike Snowden
24:37
May 19, 2021
The Wizard of Old Wheels
As today’s motorcycles become more high-tech, the simplicity of a vintage bike becomes more appealing. Among the simplest are Japanese  models from the 1970s, particularly the Hondas. That’s why people visit Dave Stefani, whose San Francisco shop looks like a mechanical surgery  ward. "The Wizard of Old Wheels", written by Todd Oppenheimer, 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. Written by Owen Edwards Introduction by Chris Egusa Narrated by Göran Norquist Produced by Chris Egusa Music by Mike Snowden / Blue Dot Sessions
14:49
May 05, 2021
Occupy Your Bathroom
One man’s quiet fight to save your face, your bank account, and the environment from an endless case of shaving rash. "Occupy Your Bathroom", written by Todd Oppenheimer, 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. Written by TODD OPPENHEIMER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by TODD OPPENHEIMER Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
22:35
April 22, 2021
Is Digital Craftsmanship an Oxymoron?
On a funky old pier along San Francisco’s waterfront, Autodesk, a world  leader in digital tools for makers, runs a futuristic prototype shop  that may be redefining the meaning of craftsmanship. "Is Digital Craftsmanship an Oxymoron?", written by Todd Oppenheimer, 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. Written by TODD OPPENHEIMER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by IZAAK SIBLEY Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS
16:22
April 21, 2021
The Celluloid Gumshoe
Eddie Muller has dedicated his life to finding, restoring, and  re-releasing lost films of the great Film Noir era of the 1940s and  ’50s. His goal: the preservation of our cinematic history, well beyond  film noir. "The Celluloid Gumshoe", written by Barbara Tannenbaum, 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. Written by Barbara Tannenbaum Introduction by Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by Dinah Berkeley Produced by Larry Rosen Music by Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker” Additional Music by Blue Dot Sessions
36:39
March 24, 2021
The Soul of the Italian Shoe
In Venice, Italy, a city built for endless walking, a determined young woman named Daniela Ghezzo has mastered the rare art of simultaneously beautifying and comforting the human foot. "The Soul of the Italian Shoe", written by Erla Zwingle, 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. Written by ERLA ZWINGLE Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by DINAH BERKELEY Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker”
44:49
March 10, 2021
The Architecture of Trust
With only a quick glance at today’s overheated political climate—the balkanized geography between red and blue states, the bombastic former president, the strident social media culture, all culminating in the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol—you get an unmistakable message: We don’t know how to talk with each other anymore, let alone build common ground. An expert in linguistics explores our new argumentative culture to find ways that Americans of different beliefs can start believing in each other again. "The Architecture of Trust", written by Michael Erard, 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. Written by MICHAEL ERARD Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by MITCHELL GREENBERG Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”
31:00
March 10, 2021
Women Who Embroider the Air
On a small island near Venice, the fine art of hand-sewn lace somehow remains alive. Our correspondent visits with the master craftswomen of Burano to learn their history, their secrets, and the prospects for their future. Women Who Embroider the Air originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master 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. Written by ERLA ZWINGLE Introduction by ANH OPPENHEIMER Narrated by NANCY LEBRUN Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER” Additional Music by BLUE DOT SESSIONS
34:26
February 24, 2021
The New Water Alchemists
Animals, plants, soil, and air have long collaborated to regulate our climate by stimulating “the water cycle.” They have also helped control natural disasters like the wildfires now raging in Australia — until we disrupted their partnership. The good news is that there is a clear pathway to reconciliation. The New Water Alchemists originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master 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. Written by JUDITH D. SCHWARTZ Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by DINAH BERKELEY Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF  “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”
42:45
February 09, 2021
A Black Entrepreneur Finds Her “Vegan Soul” — in Idaho: A Craftsmanship Quarterly Artisan Interview
When Mae Gaines moved from Los Angeles, CA, to Boise, Idaho, she expected her life would be different. What she didn't anticipate was the response when she opened Boise's first — and only — vegan soul food restaurant.  *Trigger warning: This episode contains an offensive racial slur, repeated by the interviewee as she describes a real-life incident of verbal assault. We chose to leave the word as spoken in the context of the story. The episode has been marked 'explicit' to ensure that listeners are aware of it; there is no other offensive language or adult content in this story.  This podcast is a supplement to the story, Soul Food Gets the Vegan Treatment, written by Terry Collins and published in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master 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 MELANIE EVERSLEY Narrated by TERRY COLLINS & SHAKEEMA SMALLS, with MAE GAINES Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”
31:38
February 04, 2021
The Return of the Harmonica
In the 1970s, Hohner, the world’s largest harmonica manufacturer, changed its flagship model, and in the process its signature sound. A few musicians and harp customizers waged a quiet rebellion. And they won. The Return of the Harmonica originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master 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. Written by BEN MARKS Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by GORAN NORQUIST Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN
35:24
January 25, 2021
The Norwegian Sweater Detective
In a postcard-perfect valley in southern Norway, Annemor Sundbø nurtures her life’s work: old garments, paintings, and other clues to the myths and meaning woven for centuries into Norwegian sweaters. Now she’s trying to bring back the sheep that used to sustain this time-honored craft. The Norwegian Sweater Detective originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master 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. Written by SARAH POLLOCK Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”
28:18
January 07, 2021
The World’s Greatest Goldbeater
Marino Menegazzo hammers gold leaf by hand into sheets 200 times thinner than a human hair. He works in the same studio where Titian, one of Italy’s great Renaissance artists, once lived and painted. Now Menegazzo’s craft, where the hand can still beat a machine, is on the edge of extinction. The World's Greatest Goldbeater originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master 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. Written by ERLA ZWINGLE Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by DINAH BERKELEY Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN
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December 31, 2020
The VW Doctor Is In
In a corrugated tin shed that somehow survived California’s massive fires in Sonoma Valley, Gary Freeman labors to keep old VW Beetles and vans—the cars that defined the counterculture of the 1960s—chugging along. Some become great “daily drivers” for as little as $15,000; some get auctioned for more than $200,000. It’s all part of one man’s quest for automotive immortality. The VW Doctor Is In originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on 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 ANH OPPENHEIMER Narrated by GORAN NORQUIST Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN
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December 24, 2020
The Rawhide Artist
Bill Black has poured his life into refining a simple piece of handmade horse gear called a hackamore. Although the device is rarely used anymore, it can teach a horse to work cattle with unusual brilliance, and beauty. The Rawhide Artist originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on 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. Written by ANDY RIEBER Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by DINAH BERKELEY Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF  “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”
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December 17, 2020
Mexico's Master Guitar Makers
The now iconic white guitar made famous by the Disney film, “Coco,” was created in Paracho, a small Mexican town where almost every shop makes guitars. Underneath the new icon lies centuries of craftsmanship. Mexico's Master Guitar Makers, written by Laura Fraser, 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: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Adriana Morga Produced by: Adriana Morga Music by: Mike Snowden
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November 30, 2020
Do the Most Interesting Musical Pipes Come from Ireland?
While Scotland is branded by its famous Highland bagpipes, Ireland has long made a very different kind that plays a much wider range of music. Meet the indefatigable, obsessive masters of Irish uilleann pipes. Do the Most Interesting Musical Pipes Come from Ireland?, written by Larry Gallagher, 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: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden; John Butler
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November 26, 2020
The Toolbelt Masters
With gumption, insight, and brilliant use of social media, a few guys in Virginia built an operation that makes what could be the world’s finest toolbelts. Meet "The Toolbelt Masters of Diamondback". The Toolbelt Masters, written by Lorraine Sanders, 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: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Nancy LeBrun Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden
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November 06, 2020
Japan’s Gorgeous, Precarious Fishing Poles
While Japanese master craftsmen command up to $100,000 for turning bamboo into a fishing pole, aspiring younger makers can barely find anyone to take them on as apprentices. And this isn't the only time-honored Japanese craft at the brink of extinction. How could this happen in a country that, for centuries, has served as a model of handmade perfection? Japan's Gorgeous, Precarious Fishing Poles, written by Yukari Iwatani Kane, 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: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Nancy LeBrun Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden
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October 29, 2020
The Cigar Box Guitar Maker
When a promising rock musician tired of the road and the pressure, he gave up music and got a job at a hardware store. Then one day, he had a revelation.... The Cigar Box Guitar Maker, written by Nancy LeBrun, 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: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Nancy LeBrun Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden, with songs by Lightnin' Hopkins, C.B. Soars, and A.J. Gaither 
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September 24, 2020
The Healing Power of Bello
On the Northeastern coast of Italy, an unusual drug treatment community uses craftsmanship to rehabilitate some of Europe’s most intractable drug addicts. San Patrignano — or "SanPa" — was founded more than 40 years ago by a hotelier who inherited a 200-hectare estate and wanted to do something about the epidemic of addiction  in nearby Rimini. He began by inviting drug addicts to his estate for Christmas, then bringing them home to live with his family. Eventually, he founded an informal, alternative medicine free clinic at their weekend farm, and from there, he began building the community. The Healing Power of Bello, written by LAURA FRASER, 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: Avanthika Srinivasan Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden of The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.
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August 20, 2020
The Power of the Scribe
Spiritual faith has long been shaped by the lettering on a religion’s sacred texts. This is particularly the case with Judaism, so we visited three Hebrew scribes—in Jerusalem, New York City, and the liberal enclave of Berkeley, California—to understand why such laborious traditions continue. The Power of the Scribe, written by BRYCE T. BAUER with contributions by LYNN HOLSTEIN and TODD OPPENHEIMER, 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: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden of The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.
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July 02, 2020
Artisanal Homemade Bread, Made Simple
Confined to our homes during the Covid-19 quarantine, many of us have realized this is an ideal time to start baking our own bread. The idea has spread so fast that stores are running out of flour and yeast. But fear not. Resources abound for how to make your own yeast, and even your own flour. Artisanal Homemade Bread Made Simple, written by Todd Oppenheimer, 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: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Todd Oppenheimer Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden of The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.
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May 29, 2020
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
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February 27, 2020
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.”
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January 31, 2020
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.”
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November 13, 2019
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
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September 20, 2019
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
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August 29, 2019
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.”
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August 15, 2019
The Watchman of Lausanne
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. High above the ancient city, Häusler calls out the time five nights a week. “C’est le guet! Il a sonné dix…Il a sonné dix!” (It’s the night watch. It’s 10 o’clock. It’s 10 o’clock…). "The Watchman of Lausanne", written by Michael Cervin, 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: Leroy Graham Produced by: Aaron Cundy Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”
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July 26, 2019
The Secrets of an Italian Gelato Master
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 secrets of artisanal gelato-making from master gelatiere Andrea Soban of Valenza, Italy. "The Secrets of an Italian Gelato Master", written by Erla Zwingle, 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: Aaron Cundy Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”
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June 28, 2019
The Art of the Joke
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 anything else of value. "The Art of the Joke", written by David Munro, 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: Todd Oppenheimer Produced by: Larry Rosen & Aaron Cundy
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May 24, 2019
Eco-Fashion's Animal Rights Delusion
In this exploration of the hidden stories behind materials such as wool and rayon, silk and polyester, and vegan leather, Alden Wicker — a frequent writer, blogger, and speaker on sustainable fashion — finds some inconvenient truths about the animal rights movement. "Eco-Fashion's Animal Rights Delusion", written by Alden Wicker, 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
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February 08, 2019
The Drought Fighter
Could a small, controversial farmer in California have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world? With only minimal irrigation, and gross profits of more than $100,000 an acre, Paul Kaiser certainly thinks so. "The Drought Fighter", written by Todd Oppenheimer, 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: Todd Oppenheimer Produced by: Larry Rosen
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January 31, 2019