Over the past decade, the idea of making things because you can — even though you don’t strictly need to — has blossomed into a full on “maker movement” in the U.S. And just this year, the movement reached a new milestone of mainstream popularity in the NBC reality show “Making It,” hosted by “Parks and Recreation” stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. But on the latest episode of Recode Decode, Mike Senese and Dale Dougherty — the editor in chief of Make Magazine and the founder of the Maker Faire, respectively — said they have concerns that the inertial culture buying-rather-than-making is winning out in the U.S. “I’m worried about a generation that thinks that Amazon is the answer to everything for them,” Dougherty said. “Here’s the difference in China: They can make anything they see, and make it in greater numbers more easily. They’re terrible at figuring out what doesn’t … [Read more...] about Making things is now a global movement. But is the U.S. making enough?
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When did the modern-day fitness movement really begin in the U.S.? Maybe our infatuation with getting in shape can be traced to when President-elect John F. Kennedy published an article in Sports Illustrated titled “The Soft American,” urging “the United States to move forward with a national program to improve the fitness of all Americans.” Or perhaps in 1982, when Jane Fonda donned Spandex and leggings and released the first of her best-selling workout videos. Cynics might cite the first time athletes gobbled down blue Dianabol pills, the first “mainstream” steroid, back in the 1950s. Another candidate: That day in 1965 when Joe Gold, a crusty Merchant Marine from East Los Angeles, opened a workout space for hardcore weightlifters and bodybuilders on a desolate street in Venice Beach. The original Gold’s Gym was a squat sweatbox that Joe and a few of his pals built from cinder blocks. Gold himself crafted the equipment that he and his … [Read more...] about Sex, Steroids, And Arnold: The Gym That Shaped America
On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker talks about “The Work Ahead,” a new report on the 21st century American workforce, which recommends a nationwide re-evaluation of education, training and how to think about working alongside machines. You can read a write-up of the interview here or listen to the whole thing in the audio player above. Below, we’ve also provided a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Kara Swisher: Hi, I’m Kara Swisher, editor-at-large at Recode. You may know me as someone who can’t be replaced by a machine, but in my spare time, I talk tech. You’re listening to Recode Decode from the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today, in the red chair is Penny Pritzker, the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the … [Read more...] about Full transcript: Obama administration Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Recode Decode
The darkest day in NFL history began with several Philadelphia Eagles players arriving at Veterans Stadium at midnight, some 13 hours before the scheduled kickoff of a game against the Chicago Bears. They weren’t there to play; they were there precisely not to play. More specifically, they were there to stand sentry at all of the stadium’s entrances, where they would be picketing against the ragtag group of bartenders, firefighters, and insurance salesmen that the owners had hired to take the field in their place. It was Oct. 4, 1987—Week 4 of the NFL season. The league and the NFL Players Association were unable to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement by the end of August, and the players had authorized a strike that began Sept. 22, just after the end of Week 2. The strike—the league’s second in six years—wound up wiping out Week 3. The players wanted the right to free agency, in addition to better better pension benefits, … [Read more...] about The 1987 NFL Players Strike Created The Modern NFL
On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman talks about why people are just now “waking up” to Silicon Valley’s dark side. Stoppelman’s company has feuded for years with its much larger rival Google, which Yelp says has unfairly weighted local search results to its own product. You can read a write-up of the interview here or listen to the whole thing in the audio player above. Below, we’ve also provided a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Kara Swisher: Hi, I’m Kara Swisher, executive editor of Recode. You may know me as the person who left you a one-star review on Yelp, but in my spare time I talk tech, and you’re listening to Recode Decode from the Vox Media podcast network. Today in the red chair is Jeremy Stoppelman, who I’ve … [Read more...] about Full transcript: Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman on Recode Decode