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The Spot: Sleep by design

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. (1799). El sueño de la razon produce monstruos."

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

Excerpt from “The Insomnia Edition” of the Dear Prudence podcast, January 2017.

For almost 20 years, thousands of people have relied on the syndicated advice column Dear Prudence. The column is now a weekly podcast produced in the Bay Area and hosted by the column’s current author, Mallory Ortberg. The podcast version of Dear Prudence does good job of providing clear, rational advice wrapped in very funny, and very personal conversations. In this episode, Mallory and her guest co-host, author Saladin Ahmed, try to help a listener get a better night’s sleep.

The Dear Prudence podcast is produced by Casey Miner and Audrey Dilling and distributed by Slate. Find more episodes and links to subscribe to the podcast at slate.com/prudiepod. If you have a question you’d like Mallory’s help solving, leave a message at (401) 371-DEAR.

Unpleasant Design And Hostile Urban Architecture (Director's Cut)” from the podcast 99% Invisible, July 2016.

99% Invisible usually tells stories about how a design is envisioned and implemented, mostly for items and systems that bring us a lot of comfort and make our lives easier. In this episode, they flip the script and focus on how design can be used to intentionally inhibit behaviors, including our most natural ones, like sleep.

Find more photos of the designs mentioned in the episode at the 99% Invisible website, and you can subscribe to the show on iTunes.

This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, melodium, The Pica Beats, Booker T. & The MG’s, and Marv Johnson.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or an audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

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