What is it to be a toy or a tool? What is the difference between work and play, or is there a difference at all? In this episode, we’ll hear seriously playful stories from an academic archaeologist, a woman who designs toys for disabled children, and circuit-bending musicians. Host Hanna Krakauer poses the thoughtful question of who is influencing who in the process of design, creation and use of tools and toys.
Producers: Hannah Krakauer, Mike Mellenthin, Heather Roberts, Liz Bradfield, Daniel Hirsch
Host: Hannah Krakauer
Featured: Michael Shanks, Jessica Zarin Kessin, Reed Ghazala, Sridharan Devarajan, Mike Rosenthall
Music: Kissing Johnny, Dubious Ranger, Nimbleweed
Michael Shanks shares his experience with Chrysler Automobiles and their pursuit of understanding how people interact with their things, whether it be a car, an instrument or a cell phone. How do we, in an age of generic devices and mass produced baubles, define ourselves as individuals with these modern day artifacts?
The world of product design represents an academic and practical synthesis of engineering, psychology and art, put to test every day in the products we purchase and use. Stanford graduate and entrepreneur Jessica Zarin Kessin shares her experience starting and building her company, Development By Design, which creates developmental toys for children with disabilities.
Circuit Benders make music with machines. Co Hosts Mike Mellenthin and Heather Roberts interview Circuit Bending Legend Reed Ghazala, "Bent Fest" Organizer Mike Rosenthall and other musicians to get to the root of a question: what is the difference between music and noise?
The Storytelling Project is supported by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Continuing Studies, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.