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A series produced by brilliant podcaster Dave Pickering, based on real fixes, heartbreaks and wisdom shared at our community repair events – called Restart Parties – here in London. We go into real depth about good and bad design, obstacles to repair of electronics, emotional aspects of ownership, environmentally irresponsible business models, and the “end of life” of our gadgets. This podcast is for you if you'd like to fix your relationship with electronics. Let’s rethink, restart.

A series produced by brilliant podcaster Dave Pickering, based on real fixes, heartbreaks and wisdom shared at our community repair events – called Restart Parties – here in London. We go into real depth about good and bad design, obstacles to repair of electronics, emotional aspects of ownership, environmentally irresponsible business models, and the “end of life” of our gadgets. This podcast is for you if you'd like to fix your relationship with electronics. Let’s rethink, restart.
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A series produced by brilliant podcaster Dave Pickering, based on real fixes, heartbreaks and wisdom shared at our community repair events – called Restart Parties – here in London. We go into real depth about good and bad design, obstacles to repair of electronics, emotional aspects of ownership, environmentally irresponsible business models, and the “end of life” of our gadgets. This podcast is for you if you'd like to fix your relationship with electronics. Let’s rethink, restart.

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English


Episodes

Restart Radio Takeover: ‘Smart’ gadgets – the hype and worries about IoT

8/1/2018
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Our volunteers Dave, Panda and Andrew run the show, discussing the hype about the Internet of Things (IoT) and 'smart' homes, and related issues of security. The post Restart Radio Takeover: ‘Smart’ gadgets – the hype and worries about IoT appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:53

Restart Podcast Ep. 34: Improvisation and collective spirit in Brazilian repair culture

7/25/2018
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We interview technologist and researcher Felipe Fonseca. We discuss the role of improvisation in problem-solving and repair, and we learn from Brazilian approaches to repurposing discarded technology. The post Restart Podcast Ep. 34: Improvisation and collective spirit in Brazilian repair culture appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:29

Restart Radio: Cameras, the eternal and disposable – analog, digital, mobile and GoPros

7/18/2018
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Ugo interviews Restart volunteer Philip Le Riche about his passion for cameras. We talk about the technological development of these devices, and about their repairability and product lifetime. The post Restart Radio: Cameras, the eternal and disposable – analog, digital, mobile and GoPros appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:52

Restart Radio: Books on our summer reading list

7/11/2018
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As part of a summer tradition, we have compiled a summer reading list. We talk about reads which have inspired us and how they relate to our work at Restart. The post Restart Radio: Books on our summer reading list appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:24

Restart Radio: Strong links between thrift and innovation, past and present

7/4/2018
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Isabel and Ugo interview Simon Werrett, Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at UCL. We talk about his upcoming book "Thrifty Science", which discusses historical practices of repair and reuse. The post Restart Radio: Strong links between thrift and innovation, past and present appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:56

Restart Radio: The lives of products during our lifetime, with Tim Cooper

6/26/2018
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In this week's episode, we interview Tim Cooper, professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University. We discuss the current throwaway culture, and the role of consumers, businesses and regulation in making our products last longer. The post Restart Radio: The lives of products during our lifetime, with Tim Cooper appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:29

Restart Radio: Right to Repair in the United States

6/20/2018
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In this week's episode, Ugo and Janet interview Nathan Proctor, Director of US PIRG's Right to Repair campaign. We talk about this movement and generally about our right to fix our devices. The post Restart Radio: Right to Repair in the United States appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:51

Restart Radio: Community repair events as sites of social research

6/13/2018
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In this week's episode, Isabel and Ugo interview Lara Houston, a visiting researcher at Goldsmiths University. We talk about academic research on repair, and we also play some recordings from Kaja Ahnfelt, who has conducted research at Restart Parties. The post Restart Radio: Community repair events as sites of social research appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:55

Restart Radio: Right to repair and product standards beyond Brexit

6/6/2018
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In this week's episode, Ugo interviews Susanne Baker, Head of Environment & Compliance at techUK. We discuss their position on the public’s growing interest in our right to repair and the future of product standards beyond Brexit. The post Restart Radio: Right to repair and product standards beyond Brexit appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:50

Restart Radio Takeover: “Repair on the edge”

5/30/2018
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In this month's radio takeover, Restart volunteers Ben Skidmore and Dave Lukes talk about "repair on the edge": how to deal with unsual fixes when one lacks the necessary skills or tools. The post Restart Radio Takeover: “Repair on the edge” appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:26:49

Restart Podcast Ep 32: Amateur (ham) radio with Alvin Hardy

5/22/2018
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Ellie and Dave interview Restart volunteer Alvin Hardy, who shares his life-long passion for "ham" radio. We discuss the importance of radio and the value of the community that it helps bring together. The post Restart Podcast Ep 32: Amateur (ham) radio with Alvin Hardy appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:29

Restart Radio: Materials we use to hack and fix

5/16/2018
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In this week's episode, Isabel Lopez and Dave Lukes talk about the stuff we use to hack and fix, from the usual tapes and glues to more sophisticated techniques and materials. The post Restart Radio: Materials we use to hack and fix appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:55

Restart Radio: 3D printing medical devices in Gaza

5/9/2018
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In this week's episode, Ugo and Isabel interview Tarek Loubani, a Palestinian-Canadian doctor who has created low-cost 3D-printed medical devices to help with the lack of supply in Gaza. The post Restart Radio: 3D printing medical devices in Gaza appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:54

Restart Radio: Protecting our personal data in an age of connected devices

5/2/2018
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In this week's episode, Janet, Ugo and Dave Lukes discuss our personal data being collected and held elsewhere, focusing on the new EU regulation on data protection, and particularly on its implications for 'connected devices'. The post Restart Radio: Protecting our personal data in an age of connected devices appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:47

Restart Radio Takeover: “It’s MY device!”

4/25/2018
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In this month's Radio “takeover”, Restart volunteers proclaim "It's MY Device!": we talk about our rights to repair and mantain our gadgets, and about exciting fixing stories at recent repair events in London. The post Restart Radio Takeover: “It’s MY device!” appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:55

Restart Podcast Ep 31: Software obsolescence with Ross Anderson

4/17/2018
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We interview Professor Ross Anderson, an expert on Security Engineering at Cambridge University. We discuss the problem of software obsolescence - how devices can stop working due to software, not just their physical components. The post Restart Podcast Ep 31: Software obsolescence with Ross Anderson appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:29

Restart Radio: Wildlife conservation and the role of open, repairable technology

4/11/2018
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Ugo interviews Alasdair Davies, a conservation technologist who works on bringing affordable, customisable and repairable open hardware technology to people working on conservation projects. The post Restart Radio: Wildlife conservation and the role of open, repairable technology appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:55

Restart Radio: Ada Lovelace Day and the stories of women in STEM

4/4/2018
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In this episode, Janet and Isabel interview Suw Charman-Anderson, founder of the Ada Lovelace Day (ALD), which annually supports and increases the visibility of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The post Restart Radio: Ada Lovelace Day and the stories of women in STEM appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:30:09

Restart Radio Takeover: Why we replace our phones

3/28/2018
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In our monthly Radio "takeover", we have Ben Skidmore, Panda and Steve Cook discussing our relationship with phones. What makes us replace them and how can they last for longer? We discuss repairability and software support looking at the latest smartphones. The post Restart Radio Takeover: Why we replace our phones appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:29:56

Restart Podcast Ep 30: Afrotech Fest and Afrofuturism

3/20/2018
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We interview Florence Okoye and Debs Durojaiye, two of the organisers of the Afrotech Fest in London. We talk about the experience and representation of black people in tech and we discuss the meanings of Afrofuturism. The post Restart Podcast Ep 30: Afrotech Fest and Afrofuturism appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration:00:36:47