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Session 25 – Amanda Hudgins, Thosuand Button Project, Unwinnable, and More!

Another fun episode of This Should Work*! This time with Amanda Hudgins. Description:

Amanda Hudgins is a game designer and the creator of the Thousand Button Project, many other awesome alternative controllers, and is the managing editor of Unwinnable. Amanda’s game projects have been featured at events like Bit Bash and at many other events — I had a really fun time with this interview! Enjoy.

For more on Amanda’s work, check out http://amandathrows.rocks/
Visit Amanda on Twitter @ barelyconcealed

Other Notes from the show:

  • Thousand Button Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN1zWjLXeo8&list=PLi_Qv13BlyFKa_tkxXMa-FkvcC51ee8yh&index=9&t=0s
  • Amanda Hudgins Assembles an Alternative Controller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbXhyDn7wr4

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

This Should Work – Maya Bird-Murphy Interview

I found out about Maya’s work by happenstance, and am really glad that I did. Maya is a really interesting person who’s been working on a mobile makerspace program for kids in Chicago, and she has a unique vision on making that a reality through her background as an architect. This is a really special one. Check out the episode.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

This Should Work – Paul Valente Interview

Paul is a former teacher, now administrator at Chicago Public Schools, and he has been a friend of mine for a while now. I love talking with Paul because he gives me perspective on my thinking that I would have never gained on my own. He’s a really clever guy like that, and I hope you find the insights in this podcast as interesting as I do.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

This Should Work – Joe Spanier Interview

I interviewed Joe Spanier for my podcast a while back, and had a blast doing so. If you’re interested in listening (and I recommend you do), check it out.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

The Educational Makerspaces Interview Series

I recently completed a series of four podcast interviews with folks from higher ed, K-12, and libraries who all run makerspaces and are involved in the educational advancement of making. You can check out all four episodes on This Should Work*, but here they are in sequence:

Aaron Hoover, Olin College

Terry Steinbach and Betty Shanahan, DePaul University

Jeff Solin, Lane Tech

Sasha Neri, Harold Washington Library


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

TSW* 21 – Sasha Neri

This Should Work* has crossed the 20 episodes mark with this fun interview: Sasha Neri of Harold Washington Library. Check it out!

Sasha Neri runs the Harold Washington Library Maker Lab in the Loop of Chicago, Illinois and runs Chicago’s yearly Maker Summit. This is the fourth and final part of our educational makerspaces series, and I’m happy to have Sasha on to talk about how makerspaces work in a library setting, and the benefits they have for the broader community of patrons that libraries serve.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

New Episode of TSW* with Jeff Solin of Lane Tech!

Jeff Solin is an educator, makerspace administrator, and all around good-guy at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. This is the third part in This Should Work’s* series on educational makerspaces, and I’m really grateful that Jeff joined the podcast to talk about the way he thinks about educating students in makerspaces and fostering a supportive educational makerspace environment.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

TSW* Session 17 with Rob Rehr

Really fun interview with Rob!

Rob Rehr is an engineer at IDEO by day, and a hardware hacker and game developer by night. In this session, we talk about the work Rob’s doing in DIY retro game development, the add-on board he developed that uses the Nintendo nunchuck, and much more. Check it out!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Top 25 Hot Podcast Episodes of 2018

I’ve been working my way through these podcasts, and figured other folks might enjoy as well. Really good so far!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Session 15 – Helen Leigh, DIY Instruments and Designing Maker Education

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus