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The Restart Podcast

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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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United Kingdom

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Restart Radio: Voice-controlled Assistants

12/13/2017
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Voice-controlled home assistants are being sold in the millions: but they raise questions about privacy issues, product disposability, and machine learning. The post Restart Radio: Voice-controlled Assistants appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:52


Restart Radio: Exploring personal data at the Glass Room

12/6/2017
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Are we really willing participants in the Big Data economy? The post Restart Radio: Exploring personal data at the Glass Room appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:54


Restart Podcast Ep. 27: How to Restart the World with Lewis Dartnell

11/29/2017
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If tomorrow we woke up and all the technologies we had come to depend on had ceased to exist, what knowledge would we need to re-build them from scratch? The post Restart Podcast Ep. 27: How to Restart the World with Lewis Dartnell appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:29


Restart Radio: breaking the world record for community repair

11/22/2017
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How many gadgets do you need to fix to break a world record? The repair cafe held in Cambridge earlier this month has set the new magic number: 232. The post Restart Radio: breaking the world record for community repair appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:52


Restart Radio: Glitch art by refurbisher RDKL Inc

11/15/2017
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We talk to John Bumstead - an artist and laptop refurbisher whose company 'RKDL Inc' (pronounced "Roadkill") gives a new life to old Apple Macbooks. The post Restart Radio: Glitch art by refurbisher RDKL Inc appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:53


Restart Radio: Robot pets

11/9/2017
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How do Robot pets force us to reconsider the boundaries between the animate and inanimate? And what issues do they raise concerning ownership and DIY repair? The post Restart Radio: Robot pets appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:55


Restart Radio: Open-sourcing the Internet of Things

11/1/2017
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A world where gadgets can talk to each other brings a whole host of opportunities - but it also throws up unprecedented challenges. The post Restart Radio: Open-sourcing the Internet of Things appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:49


Restart Podcast Ep. 26: Fixers united at the first Fixfest

10/24/2017
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On the weekend of 6-8 of October, we hosted the first International Fixfest in London. It was an incredible chance for repairers, makers, activists, tinkerers and academics from all over the world to meet each other, share tips and stories, and come up with joint strategies for repairing into the future. The post Restart Podcast Ep. 26: Fixers united at the first Fixfest appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:29


Restart Radio: Tech repair myths

10/18/2017
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Most electronic items when they break are repairable. But there are several persistent myths about DIY quick fixes that can do more harm than good. The post Restart Radio: Tech repair myths appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:55


Restart Radio: community repair, neurodiversity and mental health

10/11/2017
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Today, on World Mental Health Day, we talk about how repair can contribute to greater social cohesion and individual well-being for a wide range of people. The post Restart Radio: community repair, neurodiversity and mental health appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:54


Restart Podcast Ep. 25: Goodbye iSlave (Pt.2)

10/3/2017
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In part 2 of our podcast special with 'activist academic' Jack Qiu, we talk some more about the fight to end contemporary 'iSlavery'. The post Restart Podcast Ep. 25: Goodbye iSlave (Pt.2) appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:29


Restart Podcast Ep. 24: Goodbye iSlave (Pt 1)

9/27/2017
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Many people think of slavery as history. But for Jack Qiu, the present-day treatment of some workers in electronics factories in China needs to be conceived of as slavery. And our own addiction to gadgets is its own, related form of mental "slavery". The post Restart Podcast Ep. 24: Goodbye iSlave (Pt 1) appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:26


Restart Radio: Camping Gadgets

9/19/2017
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As summer draws to a close, we think about the role of tech in our experience of the 'Great Outdoors'. Taking a look at the useful, the useless, and the DIY, we think about how current consumer trends in camping and outdoor gear reflect the complicated nature of our desire to 'get away from it all'. The post Restart Radio: Camping Gadgets appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:54


Restart Radio: Lovefone’s vision for thriving commercial repair

9/13/2017
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Today, we talk to Rob Kerr from Lovefone - an independent mobile repair store - about the relationship between manufacturers and repairers. The post Restart Radio: Lovefone’s vision for thriving commercial repair appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:20


The Restart Podcast Ep. 23: 5th Birthday Special

7/26/2017
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This month, to celebrate the Restart's 5th birthday, we're looking back on some of our favourite moments from past podcast episodes and Restart Parties. The post The Restart Podcast Ep. 23: 5th Birthday Special appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:29


Restart Radio: repairing across generations

7/19/2017
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Skills don't become obsolete the same way gadgets do. Today we discuss what different generations have to teach each other about repair. The post Restart Radio: repairing across generations appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:54


Restart Radio: Repair in the U.S. with Fixit Clinic

7/5/2017
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Today, Ugo and Dave are joined by Peter Mui from Fixit Clinic, a U.S. based "troubleshooting and discovery workshop" that has much in common with Restart Parties and Repair Cafes. The post Restart Radio: Repair in the U.S. with Fixit Clinic appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:30:56


Restart Podcast Ep. 22: Greening the internet

6/27/2017
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Dave Pickering talks to Data Centre Specialist Sophia Flucker about the forgotten places that store and generate our data, and how we can build a greener internet The post Restart Podcast Ep. 22: Greening the internet appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:29:27


Restart Radio: Keyboards and the durability of interfaces

6/14/2017
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We talk with mechanical keyboard enthusiasts about improving our time typing. Not everybody takes such interest, but with care at purchase and maintenance, keyboards can really last The post Restart Radio: Keyboards and the durability of interfaces appeared first on The Restart Project.

Duration: 00:28:29


Restart Radio: Designing consumer rights and trust

6/8/2017
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Trust is key in any relationship, be it with other humans or the gadgets we use. What happens to that trust when those devices evolve beyond our expectations? Talking to Matthew from design studio IF, we explore the role of design in empowering people to trust their devices. The post Restart Radio: Designing consumer rights and trust appeared first on The Restart Project.
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