Spark's Summer Plans 2013

The final episode of Spark's sixth season aired in June. Thanks for being part of Spark this season! We'll be back with new episodes after Labour Day.

But in case you didn't get enough of robots, augmented reality, social analytics, and online dating (or any other number of topics we're obsessed with), here's our plan for the summer!


On the radio, we'll air updated versions of our favourite episodes from the past season. We explore everything from the future of maps to fixing your gadgets, dating in the digital age to designing civil discourse online. Our summer schedule is below.

If you subscribe to the Spark podcast, please stay subscribed. We won't be posting any new podcast content until in mid-August, when you'll start getting full interviews that we will feature on Season 7 of Spark.

June 30 & July 3 - 190: Rituals, Reality, Reading
A look at the future of design. What is the key to getting design right and how can it affect our experience of the world around us? Thinking about gender, physical gestures, and the way we interact with the next generation of gadgets and media.

July 7 & 10 - 192: Strangers, Startups, Secrets of the mind
Biomimicry, the startup kings, collaborative robots, reverse-engineered human brains, and online strangers.

July 14 & 17 - 191/193 combo: Analytics, Attention, Hitching
Analyzing your office banter, how to thrive online, digital hitching, when online strangers become real life friends, and an argument for progress in a networked age.

July 21 & 24 - 194/207 combo: Dyslexic Fonts/Hackable Hearts
Easier-to-read fonts for dyslexics, and, My Cyborg My Self. As implanted medical devices become more commonplace, they're bringing up lots of issues, especially around security. We ask: who will control the devices in our bodies?

July 28 & 31 - 197: Password, Capital, Heavy Metal
Online heavy metal forums teach us about education, linking the afterlife with the internet, controlling computers with our minds, maximizing our social capital and subconscious passwords.

August 4 & 7 - 206: Dating in the 21st C
A look at the changing nature of dating, courtship, and love today. Confounding texts, crafting perfect online profiles, "shopping" online for the right person, the increase of hook-up culture, what it's like for seniors on the scene, and an historical look at the intersection of dating and tech.

August 11 & 14 - 214: Listen, Touch, Command
Touch, voice, gesture, sound - bringing the senses back into tech. An online audio resurgence, the deep dark history of the Qwerty keyboard.

August 18 & 21 - 199: Scouts, Apps, Maps
Earn your orienteering badge! We look at the future of collaborative digital mapping. What maps can tell us about... well, US! Mapping Canada's Arctic... with a tricycle. And in an era of GPS directions, do you even know HOW to read a paper map?

August 25 & 28 - 212: Get it, Keep it, Fix it
Oh, tech gadgets, and the endless cycle of upgrading to the latest shiny toy. How can we be more thoughtful about our tech devices? The Get it, Keep it, and Fix it guide to gear!

September 1 & 4 - 209: Distraction, Willpower, Creative Coding
Let's get some things done! Can you outsource your willpower? Is there a way to make a plan and stick to it? Also, designing civil discourse online, and learning to code... creatively!

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