Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 07 Available

NiCHE_Podcast_Logo1smallEpisode 7 E-Waste and Obsolescence: June 15, 2009.

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MadetobreakThe problem of e-waste grows with each new mobile phone, music player, laptop computer or other type of consumer electronic device. Because many of these products are made with toxic substances, disposal is a major challenge. The environmental crisis of e-waste can be attributed to a strategy of industrial manufacturing developed over the course of the twentieth-century known as obsolescence. On this episode of the podcast, we hear from Giles Slade, author of the award-winning book Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America, on this historical trend in manufacturing.

Also, Bill Turkel from the University of Western Ontario tells us about a workshop he held called “Hacking as a Way of Knowing”.

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Works Cited

Slade, Giles. Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006.

Sean Kheraj, Canadian History & Environment:

Music Credits

“Running Man” by short_hopper

“Do It, Bucky” by short_hopper

“Intergalactic Journey” by spinmeister

“Hej rozmaring (Folk Flutes)” by Grizzly616


2 Responses

  1. Thanks for adding my track to this podcast, i appreciate it! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing your music. If you have any other instrumental tracks, I’d love to include more of your work in a future episode.

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