Wonderland Podcast with Steven Johnson
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A series about the past and future of play and innovation, hosted by Steven Johnson, bestselling author and co-creator of the PBS series How We Got To Now. Necessity isn't always the mother of invention; some of our most important ideas arise out of moments of playful exploration. Inspired by Johnson's new book, Wonderland: How Play Made The Modern World, the podcast features conversations about creativity and invention with leading contemporary scientists, programmers, musicians, and more. More info at wonderland.audio.
||CleanEpisode 10: For the Fun of It (Or, the Play in Great Work)||In the final episode of the season, we explore ornamentation, the non-medical application of a device made with gold leaf, and how the MIT Media Lab stays creative. Special guests: Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, and Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, a...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Sphere of Life (Or, Why Humans Are So Obsessed With a Bouncing Ball)||An investigation into one of humanity's oldest and most ubiquitous inventions: the ball. From Egyptian rituals to the birth of the rubber industry to new digital balls that can be controlled by software programs, the ball has played a surprisingly...||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Party in the Front (Or, How We Incorporate Play into Work)||An exploration of the cultural shift that began with a leisure space of idle chatter and led to some of our most productive modern work environments being deliberately designed to make space for play. With special guests Matt Haughey of Slack and...||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: In Pursuit of Condiments (Or, How the Spice Trade Changed Our Palates)||From the thrilling story of the Pepper Wreck and its salvage to the strange tale of a 12 year old slave who solved the riddle that changed the global footprint of the vanilla trade forever, a look at how playful spices remade the map of the world with..||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Clever Like a Fox (Or, What Happens Inside Our Brains When We Play?)||A look into how games and childhood play encourage the kind of adaptive, flexible thinking we need to navigate a complex world. Special guests: Alison Gopnik, Shawn Green, Daniel Chao, and Asi Burak.||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Greater Than Zero (Or, the Politics of Serious Games)||An investigation into the surprising history of games designed to change our political values, from the radical origins of Monopoly to a brand-new spin on Pokémon GO created to mobilize swing state voters in the 2016 presidential campaign. Special...||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Airplanes, Zoos, and Infinite Chickens (Or, Why Do Humans Like To Play?)||An exploration of the power of play, from screen-based games like Pokemon Go or Minecraft, to the imaginative worlds of children inventing playgrounds out of everyday life, with special guests Alison Gopnik, professor at Berkeley and author of The...||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Strange Loops and Circuit Benders (Or, How New Music Comes from Broken Machines)||A mysterious stranger in San Francisco's Union Square helps jumpstart a sonic revolution with a malfunctioning tape recorder. The story of how experimental sounds become part of the musical mainstream, with special guests Brian Eno, Alex Ross,...||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: 32 Dots Per Spaceship (Or, the Videogame That Changed Tech History)||A look back at the origins of Spacewar!, the first original video game and one of the most influential pieces of software ever written. With special guests Stewart Brand and Spacewar! creator Steve Russell.||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Babbage and the Dancer (Or, Can You Fall in Love With a Robot?)||An eight-year-old boy's encounter with a robotic toy doll ends up changing the course of technological history. Steven Johnson talks with special guests Ken Goldberg and Kate Darling, as we look at the uncanny world of emotional robotics. What if the...||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I love this podcast - I only wish it continued.
As an educator I absolutely enjoy this podcast I can't get enough. I love the approach to use technology for education instead of fighting against it. Also very informative and inspirational!
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