Another great podcast. On the first episode of Working, David Plotz talks with Stephen Colbert on how he puts his show together and turns himself from Stephen Colbert into the character “Stephen Colbert”—starting from when he wakes up in the morning, what he watches for inspiration, how he knows the material is any good, all the way through to the actual filming of the show.
This American Life just launched a new podcast spin-off called Serial. Unlike TAL, it will cover one story across many episodes in a serialized manner. Two episodes are currently available. It is engrossing and leaves you wanting to know more as they investigate one case. Beyond the journalistic work that has gone into making the series possible, it may single-handedly introduce a lot of people, all the TAL listeners, to the idea of podcasting, via a page that explains how to download podcast with an adorable video.
What do Swiss watches, pinball machines, fountain pens, handmade goods and vinyl records have in common? They have all seen a resurgence in recent years after being disrupted by new and cheaper technologies. On the surface it may seem like a paradox that these products are finding new life in the face of the very thing that threatened their demise in the first place: the digital age. But it’s really not a paradox at all. The makers of these types of goods are actually finding success because of digital platforms such as Etsy, eBay, and Kickstarter, not despite them. In other words, the internet isn’t killing handmade, artisanal, or non-digital goods; it’s actually saving them.