At the intersection of arts and tech [ Podcast] -


Aug. 4, 2014 3:21 pm

At the intersection of arts and tech [ Podcast]

For the first edition of our newly revamped Podcast, we delve into STEAM for a look at how the arts are influencing the STEM fields, and vice versa.

Attendees of a "Tech+Textile" workshop taught by Adafruit's Becky Stern, who was recently profiled by Brooklyn.

(Photo by Flickr user Becky Stern, used under a Creative Commons license)


It’s August. It’s hot. Let’s make puns about STEAM.

That’s the newish acronym that adds “Arts” to the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math.

The idea: When art informs STEM and STEM informs art, interesting things can happen.

For the first edition of our newly revamped Podcast, cofounder Christopher Wink checks in with reporters Juliana Reyes (Philly) and Brady Dale (Brooklyn) to talk about the latest mashups of tech, art and design. (That’s everything from wacky wearables to making music with fruit.)

We then head to Cincinnati for a conversation about place in an Internet-connected world. Zan McQuade is a writer for The Daily Dot and the editor of the Cincinnati Anthology who caught our eye with her recent Medium post, Why Other Cities Matter.

Then it’s back east for a conversation with Keith Lea, cofounder and CEO of Wham City Lights. The crowdsourced light-show startup was cofounded by Baltimore EDM star Dan Deacon. Lea, a former Googler who says business and arts really aren’t that different, tells us about what’s next for Wham City, including, yes, an audio ray gun.

  • Listen below, download the episode or subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher.

And, most importantly, let us know what you think: What’s great? What’s boring? What would you like to hear on future episodes of the new and improved Podcast?


Zack Seward

Zack Seward is Editor-in-Chief of, the local technology news network. Previously, Seward was the Innovations Reporter at WHYY and in Philadelphia. Before that, he worked at WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., as a reporter and editor for a statewide public radio reporting project. Seward is an alumnus of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He's originally from San Francisco and went to college in Chicago.


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