Category “podcast”

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

TSW* Ep. 14 – Andrew Sowa, PCB Art, Overcoming Challenges, and Community


Andrew Sowa talks about the persistence behind making, his work in KiCad and PCB art, and how he views the influence of community and culture on his work.

Check it out over here.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

TSW* Facebook Page

This Should Work* has a new Facebook page! If Facebook is your preferred way of following new news, join the page to keep updated on new podcast episodes and other updates.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Easily one of the best podcast episodes I’ve listened to on creativity and curiosity.

Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School, shares a compelling business case for curiosity. Her research shows allowing employees to exercise their curiosity can lead to fewer conflicts and better outcomes. However, even managers who value inquisitive thinking often discourage curiosity in the workplace because they fear it’s inefficient and unproductive. Gino offers several ways that leaders can instead model, cultivate, and even recruit for curiosity.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

TSW* Session 13 – Which 3D Printer Should You Buy?

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus