Refrangible Podcast

logo for Refrangible featuring 3-D cube made of quilt-like sections.Refrangible is a podcast from the Center for Design and Material Culture hosted by the Center’s Producer-in-Residence, Gianofer Fields. Each episode explores the stuff of everyday life and what it tells us about ourselves, our world, and our values. From keepsakes to clutter, from tools to trash, the things we make, use, and save carry stories within them.

Read more about our podcast and tune in below or anywhere you get your podcasts for a closer look at the material traces of our past—and what they might inspire for our shared future.

Season 3

Episode 1: What defines a “home” — and what happens when it’s taken away

Downloadable transcript forthcoming.

Episode 2: Troubling Objects and the Illusion of Luxury

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Season 1-2

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Season 1

Episode 4: Our Bodies and The Lessons They Teach Us

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Episode 3: Sewing and the Art of Necessity

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Episode 2: Maypoles and Our Shifting Reality

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Episode 1: The Home Front

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Trailer: What is Material Culture?

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Season 2

Episode 1: Clothing and Identity: Who Wears What, and Why?

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 Episode 2: Clothing and Identity: Revisiting Our Past, One Stitch at a Time

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 Episode 3: Commodifying Culture

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Episode 4: Uncomfortable Objects: Art and Death

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About the Producer-in-Residence

Gianofer FieldsHaving worked at WBEZ: Chicago Public Media, Fields is an award-winning journalist and the creator, curator, and producer of Radio Chipstone, a radio program on WORT Community Radio in collaboration with the Chipstone Foundation.

This program is available through the generosity of Lydia A. Black and the Lydia Childs Eskridge Fund and the Chipstone Foundation