From the Ground Up Podcast

Keith Decent


The story of how we make stuff

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Episode 1.1 Pallets of Fear

16:00 | Apr 13th, 2018

A look into one of reclaiming and upcycling's most divisive topics, Pallets of fear provides background and expert insight into what makes these tools of the shipping trade so appealing to many, and so unnerving to others. Special thanks to Paul Jac...Show More

Episode 1.8: Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey: How the Ancient Greeks Screwed the World

19:45 | Nov 21st, 2018

This episode digs deep into the past, following history from ancient kingdoms, across colonial seas, through industrial revolutions, and right into the palm of your hand in order to find out the story of one of the world’s most useful simple machines...Show More

Episode 1.7: Armstrong's Tower

13:23 | Sep 21st, 2018

When everyone said it couldn’t be done, he stood and he did it. When no one would believe him, he stood and he proved it to them. And when everything came tumbling down, his legacy would bring us back together again. The dream of a young man, the wo...Show More

Episode 1.6: Layers Of Innovation Pt 1: How Plywood Shaped Our World

10:11 | Sep 2nd, 2018

It has has sailed across the oceans, carried passengers through early pneumatic subways, flown through the heavens, and helped heal the wounded. It’s won wars, housed an unfortunate nation, carried our burdens, and propelled us into the future. This ...Show More

Episode 1.5: The Cutting Edge of Bronze Technology

17:01 | Jul 8th, 2018

Ancient warrior chiefs, sinister treasure hunters, adventurous archaeologists, and a mysterious blue disk that holds the secrets of the heavens; the story of how one accidental discovery forever altered human history and ignited the rise of human civ...Show More

Episode 1.4: The Red Special Special

22:36 | Jun 3rd, 2018

From humble beginnings to rock and roll legend, the story of how a boy and his father built the world’s greatest electric guitar in a makeshift workshop out of a bunch of scraps. Huge thanks to Tim Sway of New Perspectives Music for the insightful a...Show More

Episode 1.3: A Pigment of Your Exhumation

16:47 | May 7th, 2018

Radioactive dinnerware, the wallpaper that may have assassinated Napoleon, and the brown paint that was made of Pharaohs. This episode explores what happens when enterprising people put their creative endeavors ahead of the common good, and celebrate...Show More

Episode 1.2: Stairway to Even

10:08 | Apr 17th, 2018

From ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire, from Pre-Enlightenment France to the Great Depression, the history of the Spirit Level is a story of necessity, ingenuity, and collaboration. Join us as we explore the great minds behind one of our most elegant...Show More