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Our blog is a library of resources and ideas found by us or shared with us by our friends and client network. It’s a collection of articles, radio stories, infographics and videos that relate to our work and broaden our thinking: our favorite content from the internet and beyond. Original commentary gives insight into our process and poses questions about the world inside and outside of the studio.


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This is placemaking in its most organic form. East San Jose natives Ryan and Christine Sebastian are putting the “there there” for a few hours at a time in strip mall parking lots around San Jose. They sell homemade ice cream in flavors that are mixed from the Filipino and Latino neighborhoods they came from: […]

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It’s about labor, environment, obesity, air quality, climate change… Oh yes, and happiness. In his recent note in the Opinion blog of the NYTimes, Marc Bittman points out the real importance of the Slow Food movement. Counter to the suspicion that caring about food is a pastime for elites, Bittman talks with Slow Food’s founder […]

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I was really tickled to hear this conversation between Edward Tufte (the guru of infographics) and Flora Lichtman on NPR’s Science Friday. It’s always a treat to have my divergent interests validated by mass-media productions. Tufte’s musings are about “seeing well”, or forgetting what we assume we know in order to observe what’s actually there. […]

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L Studio is proud to be working on an App for one of America’s most iconic national parks. This project has put us on the lookout for other apps about national treasures and events. Monday’s Marketplace discussion about the history of new technologies at presidential inaugurations was really fascinating. It turns out these events have […]

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I’m looking forward to listening to Michael Krasny’s segment on the 50th anniversary of Pt. Reyes National Seashore. My childhood was punctuated by trips to the wild seashores of Limantour Beach, boat camping trips to Marshall beach in Tomales Bay and visits to the recreated Coast Miwok village of Kule Loklo. This variety of magical […]

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I love the NPR Cities Project. Here’s an excerpt from just one of their fascinating stories. As our cities have become more complex the physics embodying their behavior and organization has also become more nuanced, subtle and profound… [The] city becomes a vast interconnected system designed for turning energy into work. Seen through that lens, […]

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Listening to this conversation between Terry Gross and Garbology author and investigative journalist Edward Humes, I was fascinated. As a proud garbage-picker, Goodwill shopper, up-cycler, and true materialist, I am often struck by the fact of just how much stuff there is out there. I aspire to be rigorous and economical with trash and sometimes […]

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I wanted to start us off with a song today. It’s not our usual format for the L Studio blog, but since I was recently introduced to this 1984 masterpiece and have been listening to it on repeat, it seemed apropos to share it along with these news items about the state of California transit […]

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This bit of radio features Yolo County Rancher Scott Stone of the Yolo Land and Cattle Company. L Studio interviewed him for our work with the Yolo Natural Heritage program and he was photographed as one of the “Poster Children” to exemplify the county’s bioregional character. This story holds new significance for us here at […]

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I’m a passionate supporter of moderation. I think that’s why these two productions struck a chord with me. I heard the QUEST piece on my morning typical date with NPR, and the Wind Power animation was found by my colleague Toni, here at L Studio. We appreciated the latter especially because it sported neat graphics […]

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