Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer and podcaster Jeff Rubin (The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, CollegeHumor.com) and comedy writer and author Joel Stein (‘In Defense Of Elitism’) for a look at why wooden blocks are secretly incredibly fascinating.
Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week’s bonus episode.
LINKS FOR THE GUESTS:
- The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show (Headgum)
- In Defense Of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You and You are Better Than Someone Who Didn’t Buy This Book by Joel Stein
RESOURCES USED TO INFORM THE EPISODE’S LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
- 99% Invisible: “Froebel’s Gifts”
- Building Blocks, Literally (Tedium.co)
- Lincoln Logs Company, est. 1916 (The Made In Chicago Digital Museum)
- Construction Toys Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Grand View Research)
- Centre Kapla Lyon build tallest tower made from wooden toy blocks to promote construction workshops in France (Guinness Book of World Records)
- Longest alphabet (Guinness Book of World Records)
- Capsela Is Dead, Long Live Capsule (Hackaday)
- Construx (Wikipedia)
- The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: “World Records for World Records”
- Ashrita Furman’s website
- Lincoln Logs: The Modular Legacy of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Second Son (99% Invisible website article)
- Frank Lloyd Wright merged eastern and western architecture at Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel (Dezeen)
- Frank Lloyd Wright (Encyclopedia Britannica)
- How Melissa & Doug captured the toy market, one wooden block at a time (Vox)
- Designing the Creative Child: Playthings and Places in Midcentury America by Amy F. Ogata
- Toys At MoMA (The New Yorker)
- Playing Around Throughout History (Tedium.co)
- Ten Facts about the Great Video Game Crash of ’83 (IGN)
- 6 Reasons Montessorians Love Wooden Toys (MontiKids.com)
In this episode...
- Joel Stein
- Jeff Rubin
About the show
A weekly podcast about the history, science, lore and surprises that make everyday things secretly incredibly fascinating. Hosted by comedy writer, emoji creator, and ‘Jeopardy!‘ champion Alex Schmidt. Join Alex & his co-host Katie Goldin for a joyful deep dive into seeing the world a whole new way!
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