Michael Benson & Louise Harpman

December 9, 2018

On April 2, 1969, the film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY opened. Fifty years later, on this episode Inquiry, we talk with writer, artist, and filmmaker MICHAEL BENSON about his revealing new book SPACE ODYSSEY: STANLEY KUBRICK, ARTHUR C. CLARKE, AND THE MAKING OF A MASTERPIECE. Tune in and learn what the monolith originally looked like.


You may see them every day, but have you ever thought about their design? If you drink coffee and hot tea from a store, then you have seen coffee lids. These everyday objects have an entire design taxonomy and evolution. On this episode of  Inquiry, we talk with LOUISE HARPMAN, architect, educator, irrational optimist, and SCOTT SPECHT, architect, developer, and researcher. They have produced a surprisingly fascinating and beautiful book about COFFEE LIDS: (1) PEEL, (2) PINCH, (3) PUCKER, (4) PUNCTURE. It’s all about controlling spillage. Tune in and find out why.

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