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Massive Change Radio Archive chronicles the live-to-air radio interviews host and co-author Jen Leonard conducted in 2003-2004 with visionary thinkers across disciplines, including Stewart Brand, Freeman Dyson, Hernando de Soto, Hazel Henderson, Leonard Shlain, Matt Ridley, Lawrence Lessig and many more. This show served as a primary research vehicle for the Massive Change book, which explored the future of global design and the question "Now that we can do anything, what will we do?"
 
Brand New Ways is a podcast for instigators and rebel hearts seeking creative perspectives on life and how we live it, brought to you by journalist and designer Jen Leonard. Each week, tune in as she gets curious with movers and shakers across art, design, science, politics, business and beyond.
 
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The magic of nature, losing our sense of time, remembering to be grateful, getting into an exercise groove, and the joy of making pom poms! In this episode, I talk to artist and textile designer Dana Haim, whose mission is to spark joy through the creation of ethical, hand-made goods. She achieves this and then some through her instructional worksh…
 
Brain power, the science of character, what connects us as human beings, and the always important weekly date night. In this episode, I talk to übermensch Tiffany Shlain, founder of The Webby Awards and creator of the AOL Originals series "The Future Starts Here." Her work adeptly explores the intersections of humanity, technology, science and cult…
 
Nancy Drew, John Waters, Queen Bey, Helvetica – the perfume, and their dream of one day opening a speakeasy-inspired design studio. In this episode, I talk to Faun Chapin and Meg Paradise, the ginger-haired power duo behind Guts & Glory, a creative collective fueled by courage, vigor, character and oomph. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Wi…
 
Fitness, friendship, driving fast, wearing kaftans, and comedians in cars getting coffee. In this episode, I talk to Victoria Smith, photographer, stylist, and editor of the internationally popular design blog sfgirlbybay, one of the west coast’s leading interior design blogs, with a faithful following that includes social media butterflies, top ma…
 
Animated gifs, Arctic Monkeys, retreating to the sea, painting the moon, and eliminating nationalities in the name of living in harmony. In this episode, I talk to Oded Ezer, graphic artist, typographer, and conceptual artist (known as "Cat Chap"). He founded the Hebrew Typography type foundry in 2004, but is best known for his typographic design f…
 
Mogwai, chocolate, embroidered hankies, cheeky puns, and sparking conversations about social justice one stitch at a time. In this episode, I talk to cross-stitcher and activist Sarah Corbett, who’s the founder of Craftivist Collective, a global social enterprise that uses craft as a tool for gentle actions aimed at influencing long-term change. Mu…
 
Kanye West, Lena Dunham, Chris Rock, personal mentors as catalysts for discovering your life's work, and breaking out of boxes that limit you. In this episode, I talk to designer, illustrator and art director Timothy Goodman, who recently exhibited artworks from "Memories of A Girl I Never Knew" at Colette in Paris, collaborated with Jessica Walsh …
 
Buckminsterfullerenes, carbon nanotubes, a global energy grids, and the world’s most important challenge. --> If you dig these interviews from the archives, please subscribe and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. My other show lives at brandnewways.com Find me on Twitter: @jenleonard_…
 
Vintage baseball gear, stackable monster toys, Scooby Doo, Foo Fighters, and blazing your own trail. In this episode, I talk to designer and illustrator Don Clark, who founded Invisible Creature with his brother Ryan in 2006. It's a Grammy Award-nominated, multi-disciplinary creative studio housed in a dreamy refurbished barn just outside of Seattl…
 
Three essential questions aspiring social entrepreneurs need to ask themselves, gender equality, and innovating below the belt. In this episode, I talk to force of nature Miki Agrawal, author of Do Cool Sh*t and founder of Wild (a farm-to-table, gluten-free pizza concept in NYC), Thinx (period panties for modern women), and Tushy (a DIY bidet attac…
 
Suburban fluxus, Wes Anderson films, carpet crop circles, and the complex (and often comedic) dynamics of family life within a consumer culture. In this episode, I talk to Hillerbrand+Magsamen, a husband and wife collaborative artistic team – Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen – who met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and now live and practice …
 
Kid Cudi, The Alchemist, and the lost art of collecting wine and revisiting it over time. In this episode I talk to scientist and entrepreneur Corey Miller, who’s an MD and PhD, as well as the Founder and CEO of Bare Bottle, a San Francisco-based start-up that seeks to strip away the exclusivity of the wine industry by pairing beautiful wines with …
 
Meals, rituals, magic realism, and the rare privilege of showing shit at Milan Design Week. In this episode I talk to "eating designer" Marije Vogelzang who is the head of the new Design Academy Eindhoven Food Non Food department. She's also a consultant to the food industry and a creator of provocative food-based installations that engage people w…
 
The Matrix, The Alchemist, KRS-One, and community-defined strategies for sustainable change. In this episode I talk to social worker and "hip hop therapy" pioneer Tomás Alvarez III who is the Founder and CEO of Beats Rhymes and Life, an Oakland-based organization that uses the process of creating rap music as a tool for promoting mental health and …
 
Local solutions for local problems, youth-directed education, and young girls dominating the skateboarding culture in Afghanistan. In this episode I talk to skateboarder and social entrepreneur Oliver Percovich who's the Founder and Executive Director of Skateistan, an award-winning international NGO that uses skateboarding as a “hook” for leadersh…
 
Inventing challenges for yourself, listening to Bulgarian folk music, and getting good at something by doing it over and over and over and over. In this episode I talk to fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon who's best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design and hand lettering. She’s the author of five…
 
Living on the Mexican-American border, buying a church on a whim, and listening to daytime disco. In this episode I talk to designer Buck Johnston and artist Camp Bosworth, the delightful duo behind the Wrong Store in Marfa, Texas – a gallery, a boutique of curiosities, and their home sweet home. Be sure to check out Camp’s impressive wood sculptur…
 
The positivity of saying no, the problem with the adage "the customer is always right," and the importance of a power stance. Especially while wearing a bikini. In this episode I talk to fashion designer Malia Mills who's the Hawaii-born, New York-based pioneer of body-conscious swimwear. She makes flattering cuts in luxurious fabrics that inspire …
 
Sharing pints with Brian Eno, riding a horse through the streets of London, and the digestive tract as a new space for design. In this episode I talk to designer and artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg who uses experimental design approaches to explore the social, political and ecological implications of emerging technologies, primarily those related t…
 
The importance of taking risks, the serious business of making a funny list, and giving yourself permission to trip. In this episode I talk to designer and professor Zahra Ebrahim, the Founder and Principal of the design think tank and creative consultancy archiTEXT. Her work brings together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of architectur…
 
Pink rooms, stink rooms, BMW response squads, and the wonderful world of little vehicles. In this episode I talk to car designer and transportation guru Dan Sturges who, for the past 30 years, has been relentlessly working on comprehensive transportation solutions. His latest fascination is riding a bike around L.A. Music Show Opening Mix: Brand Ne…
 
Jazz pedagogy, hangin’ out with the chickens, and the hilarity of working with children. In this episode I talk to educator and artistic director Diane Downs, the founder of The Louisville Leopard Percussionists and a big believer in the power of music and kids’ potential to tap into it as a form of self-expression. Music Show Opening Mix: Brand Ne…
 
Fellini, our need for beauty, and the connections between neuroscience and the inner experience. In this episode, I talk to psychotherapist and philosopher Piero Ferrucci, the nephew of Aldous Huxley and a student and collaborator of Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis. Music Show Opening Mix: Brand New – Salt-n-P…
 
Guatemalan b-boys, American sleepers, and the lengths one goes to go get a good story. In this episode, I talk to filmmaker Coury Deeb, the thrill-seeking founder of Louisville-based Nadus Films, a non-profit creative agency whose vision is to “make films that make a difference.” Music Show Opening Mix: Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa, Brand New – Pharrell…
 
Susan Sontag, The Rolling Stones, and “rock, paper, scissors” as a conflict resolution strategy. In this episode I talk to Jill Vialet, CEO and Founder of Playworks, a national non-profit that believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. They strive to create safe, inclusive school environments that allow kids to thrive and dis…
 
Rejuvenating hot tubs, the possibility of humans living for 1,000 years, and a global crusade to defeat aging. In this episode, I talk to scientist Aubrey de Grey, biomedical gerontologist who serves as the Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of the SENS Research Foundation, which is working to change the way the world researches and treats age-re…
 
Encounter groups, success teams, the futility of positive thinking, and how to get what you really, really want. In this episode, I talk to author and life coach Barbara Sher, a global authority on identifying goals, finding drive and motivation, and avoiding resistance the natural way. She has five best-selling books in more than a dozen languages…
 
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