Category “podcast”

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

Subscribe to This Should Work* on iTunes

I continue to learn how to promote a podcast and find an audience with every new episode of This Should Work*. My newest discovery? Getting people to rate and comment on your podcast helps its discoverability.

So! Here I am asking you, dear audience, to check out This Should Work on iTunes and, if you’ve been enjoying it for the last several months, please leave a nice comment and rating for us. It would go a long way in keeping this work going!

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Session 11 – Nate Matteson of Obstructures and DePaul University

Nate and I have been working on an Industrial Design degree at DePaul with our colleague Eric Landahl, and have worked on a few other projects together as well. So I’m pretty familiar with some of the nuance that goes into his decision making process. But I’ve always been fascinated by his varied background in music, industrial design, art, and many many other things, and how it informs that process. This was a really fun conversation that dug into some of that, and I hope you enjoy it.

I talk with Nate Matteson of DePaul University’s School of Design and the industrial design company Obstructures. Nate’s company Obstructures makes aluminum guitars, wallets, pedals, and many many other useful tools. In addition to that, and most importantly, Nate is an excellent design educator and brings his practice into academia to help elevate his students’ potential in design. In this session, we talk about Nate’s personal projects related to sound and light, his work with Obstructures, and how that way of thinking translates into education.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Session 10 – Otherworldly Sounds, Amateur Radio, and the Ur of Maker Culture with Brian Davis

I talk with Brian Davis (W9HLQ of HAMFesters Radio Club), amateur radio operator and educator of future HAMs. Brian has been an operator for over half a century, and has seen the shift to computerization, and now, has started working with makerspaces to pass on his knowledge of amateur radio to others. In this session, we talk about the HAM community, how it relates to maker and tinkerer culture, one of Brian’s newest inventions, and some of the weird sounds and other things you hear when you’re on air.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Session 9 – We Have a YouTube Channel! Andrew Morin and Jay Margalus Talk TSW* Videocast

Andrew Morin and Jay Margalus, new co-hosts of the TSW* YouTube Channel, talk about what they would’ve done differently in TSW* Videocast Ep. 1 (hint: a lot) and some of the projects that they unveiled during the show episode. Check out the first TSW* Videocast at


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Session 8 – Pottery, The Unintended Result, And Art Of I Don’t Know With Hayne Bayless

This week I travel out to Connecticut to talk with Hayne Bayless, potter, board member of Studio Potter literary journal, and board member of Pots on Wheels (POW!) about his work, his methodology, and the art of “I don’t know.”

Hayne’s work has been awarded the top prizes at some of the country’s most important craft shows: the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C. and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

Other than lessons from a potter in Tokyo and a handful of classes and workshops, he has managed to avoid any formal instruction in ceramics. He abandoned wheel-throwing early on, preferring the freedom of handbuilding afforded by slabwork and extrusions.

Check it out!

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus