Listen to Episode 6 of Slate’s new podcast, The Afterword:
Where do toasters come from? That was the question Thomas Thwaites asked when he examined the appliance he had bought for $6 at a local store. How can a piece of equipment that contains more than 400 separate parts gathered from around the world be so inexpensive? In an attempt to calculate its real cost—and to prepare himself for life on a desert island—he set out to build a toaster from scratch. The Toaster Project chronicles Thwaites’ effort to get his hands on iron ore, mica, plastic, copper, and nickel and to shape those raw materials into a working toaster. The interview runs around 25 minutes.
The Afterword, which will appear in the Slate daily feed every other Thursday, features interviews with the authors of new nonfiction books.
The show’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Podcast produced by June Thomas. The executive producer of Slate’s podcasts is Andy Bowers.
See all the pieces in the new Slate Book Review.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.