Discussing Tansy Hoskins’ latest book, Foot Work, we learn how shoes can help us explore issues of labour rights, clothing sustainability, and system change.
We share a talk from Josh Babarinde of Cracked It, who is making repair more accessible as a career for ex-offenders and at-risk youth. He highlights the ever-pressing issue of the lack of diversity in the tech industry, and the dangerous, real-world consequences.
We talk to journalist Kris De Decker about how low-tech of the past can serve as inspiration to improve our future. What if our current idea of sustainability and our economic model may be inherently incompatible? And how much is too much?
We discuss the limitations of reuse with Apple laptop refurbisher John Bumstead, AKA RDKL Inc. Special chips like Apple’s T2 chip can control our access to devices. What does this mean for ownership rights after the first owner?
We talk to Shamil Joomun, the co-owner of London-based vintage audio restoration company and café, Armstrong Audio. Now located in Walthamstow, east London, Armstrong Audio has a long history and a unique approach to repair.
Dr. Tarek Loubani and Reidun Garapick join us for a discussion about sustainability and repair of medical equipment and PPE during Covid-19. This is also a call to arms for all repairers, makers, and activists: we must push for essential changes to the system that will live on beyond the pandemic.
Dave is joined by law professor Aaron Perzanowski as we dare to dive into the increasingly complex world of intellectual property law. It shapes our relationship with our physical stuff more than we know.
For March’s show we take a look at perhaps the most unavoidable topic in our world today, the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it affects tech supply chains. We also discuss two under-reported issues related to forced labour and chemical hazards.