Ugo and Restart volunteer Ben chat about upcoming International #RepairDay, and comment on recent issues related to the Right to Repair movement in the United States and Europe.
We interview researcher Jessika Luth Richter about the ‘critical’ materials that are found in our electronics. We talk about their global supplies, their mining, their infrequent recycling and their demand for renewable energies.
Ugo interviews Lauren Crilly and Jon Dawes from Repair Cafe Glasgow. We start discussing summer tech news and then we talk about the community repair movement and how it is spreading across Scotland and the UK.
After summer holidays in August, we are back on Restart Radio. We now have a new slot with Resonance 104.4FM at 5pm on the second Tuesday of each month. We will also keep producing a monthly podcast with Dave Pickering, which will be published on our website.
Our volunteers Dave, Panda and Andrew run the show, discussing the hype about the Internet of Things (IoT) and ‘smart’ homes, and related issues of security.
We interview technologist and researcher Felipe Fonseca. We discuss the role of improvisation in problem-solving and repair, and we learn from Brazilian approaches to repurposing discarded technology.
Ugo interviews Restart volunteer Philip Le Riche about his passion for cameras. We talk about the technological development of these devices, and about their repairability and product lifetime.
As part of a summer tradition, we have compiled a summer reading list. We talk about reads which have inspired us and how they relate to our work at Restart.