Episode #1447

Will Rogers & 3D Printing

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Bre Pettis Bre Pettis (MakerBot®)

This week, Kurt Andersen announces a new listener challenge: design a holiday ornament to be printed in 3D, courtesy of MakerBot. A writer and book designer creates his tour-de-force — a catalog of books by an imaginary author. We’ll hear how a classic performance by Will Rogers helped bring down a president. And the self-described “doom soul/gothic gospel” band Cold Specks plays live in the studio.

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Makerbot and the Holiday Ornament Challenge

If a button’s missing on your remote control, your kid’s toy car has a broken wheel, or the temple tips fall off your eyeglasses, you’d probably just throw your hands up and say, well there goes that. Those days could soon be over thanks to a cutting-edge technology: 3D printing ...

Enter the 3D Printing Challenge

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Warren Lehrer's Life in Books

Bleu Mobley was a journalist, experimental novelist, professor, self-help guru, pop-culture pundit, unindicted prisoner, and the author of 101 books over a 50-year career. He's also the invention of the writer and designer Warren Lehrer. A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley ...

Slideshow: Bleu Mobley's bibliography

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Will Rogers’ Bacon, Beans, and Limousines

Before there was Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, even before Lennie Bruce, there was Will Rogers, America's first political comic. “There was a real gentleness to his form of satire that was truly admirable,” says Lewis Black, “It gave the same sting, but did not need to be done in the harsh fashion ...

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Live in-Studio: Cold Specks

When the Canadian singer-songwriter who performs as Al Spx had to categorize her music, she made up a new genre: “doom soul/gothic gospel.” It was a joke, but it stuck, because it’s not really inaccurate. Her songs are decidedly dark, but themes of loss and hardship are balanced by hopeful lyrics ...

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