Category Archives: Episodes

Soak #5: Eric Rodenbeck from Stamen

In this soak, data visualizer Eric Rodenbeck, from Stamen Design, tells us about his efforts to create compelling visual stories from the formerly indecipherable heaps of data that surround us. Eric tells us about hiring bicyclists to track the Google Buses, and he shares his awe at the tsunami of computation that is washing over us.

Listen to Soak #5 Podcast here.


“You can talk all you want about what the data might show or what the danger in it might be, but until you actually make it visible there’s no real way to have a concrete conversation about it.” – Eric Rodenbeck


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Soak #4: Justin Hoover & Performance Art

We’ve just released Soak #4 with Justin Hoover — our first podcast of 2014!!

You can listen to it here, on SoundCloud.

In this soak, artist and curator Justin Hoover joins us to talk about performance art – what it is, why it’s important, and why it offends some people. We find out what happens when Justin convinces hundreds of people to perform in a mechanic’s pit (“100 Performances for the Hole”), and we see what happens when Justin makes performance art in a hot tub.

“Performance art is one of the oldest things that humanity has…. The history of the human race is one of performance.” – Justin Hoover

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Hot Tub Podcast #3

I should have posted this earlier — we out the word out on Twitter/Facebook/email but not the blog…what we were thinking?

Here is the link to Hot Tub Podcast episode #3, featuring the one and only Eric Masters



With a face that only his mother, his girlfriend and everyone else who meets him can loves, Eric plays the role of the Caterpillar (from Alice in Wonderland), magician on-a-plane and in-the-tub and fetish event-goer.

Listen now! And there is an intro Santa skit (perhaps bad timing now, but there you go), to boot.