The episode “Spacecraft” from the Stanford Storytelling Project’s radio show State of the Human is worth checking out. Though their tendency to follow This American Life in production and editing can be annoying, the stories on State of the Human are always engrossing.

“Spacecraft,” which aired sometime in October last year, is a series of stories about how space can both inspire and diminish creativity, how space influences perception of reality, and how it can be both a source of alienation and mutual understanding between people.

Some of my favorite quotes and concepts from the show:

A story about a whimsical house – 50 Ashton Street: “nobody wants the husk of somebody else’s bizarre dream”

A story about Stanford’s Design School – “space as supportive technology”

A story about the modern strip mall – Reston Town Center – “cultivating sameness”


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