Restart Radio

This is a unique gadget show, not about buying new stuff. Join our Restart Project hosts as they talk to all sorts of people: expert and amateur repairers, designers, writers, thinkers, activists and makers.

Once a month in our weekly radio slot, we release a documentary – produced by Dave Pickering – where we follow stories in a bit more detail. From a day with a washing-machine repairman to an interview with Arcade inventor and TV presenter Tim Hunkin, there’s something for everyone!

Restart Radio airs live every Tuesday at 1:30pm on London’s best indie radio station, Resonance 104.4 FM (also on DAB).

Our theme music is made with lasers, photovoltaic cells, and repurposed computer parts, a collaboration between Opto Noise and Cassini Sound.

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Restart Podcast Ep. 28: Disruptive design and unlocking wonderment with Leyla Acaroglu

In our first monthly Restart Podcast of the year, Dave talks to Leyla Acaroglu: self-described designer, systems thinker and sustainability provocateur.

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Restart Radio: Flatpack electronics plus battery and CPU failures

In our first radio show of 2018, we cover a range of topics: from flatpack electronics, to the recent Apple battery scandal, to the vulnerabilities opened up by the discovery of Spectre and Meltdown.

Restart Radio: What does Bitcoin mining mean for the environment?

The soaring value of Bitcoin has been all over the media recently. But what is Bitcoin, and what is the environmental impact of ‘mining’ it?

Restart Radio Top 10 from 2017

We’ve had a fascinating year exploring a whole bunch of new topics, and we want to make sure you didn’t miss our best shows: so here it is, our hand-picked top 10. Over five hours of discussion about gadgets’ past, present and future, the surreal and the everyday, the handmade, repaired and unrepairable – and the role they play in our lives.

Restart Radio: Voice-controlled Assistants and “Smart Speakers”

Voice-controlled home assistants are being sold in the millions: but they raise questions about privacy issues, product disposability, and machine learning.