Episode 45 / The Falsely Accused

Our guest this episode was Debbie Chachra! Listen as we talk about problematizing “making,” the geographic center of the United States, social media hoaxin’ and more at opposablepodcast.com/45.


Immersing oneself in the least favored tasks


Cards against unnecessary screening procedures

Cancer cell photos on card backs by  Dr. Chris Bakal, Institute for Cancer Research, London

Thanks to Dr. Alan Nazerian, who’s a radiologist in Chicago, for his help with understanding the cancer screening process and the incredibly detailed information he provided. The usual disclaimer applies, which is that I alone am responsible for errors and oversimplifications.

Thanks to my colleague, designer Tim Ferguson Sauder — I went to show him what I made and to ask how best to photograph it, and he volunteered to take the photos posted here.


New mammography screening deadlines:

Rates of breast cancer by age:

The biology of cancer cell shape and why it’s important:

Playing card template:


Ride or Die (PDF zine)

The Master's Tools with Busted Knuckles

Episode 39 / Overkill

Our guest this episode was Matthew Shenoda! Listen to us talk about road trips, African poetry, and tennis shoes (as always) at opposablepodcast.com/39.


Inefficient snacking device #49



I: Routine stop

The way his hand wrenches
The neck of a stranger
How his feet kick the legs out from
Under him
Leaving the weight of his body
In the mercy of overkill

II: Son
There was a woman in an airport
Her son divided by oceans, by war, by triggers, by blood
There were the hands of another, who slid inside her palm
an envelope and whispered,
“Go and bring him”

They carried him over
Tucked him under
Hid him inside
Sheltered him closely
But the men in green
With their eyes made of convex lenses
And polycarbonate searing
Spotted him like a laser
Searching for a target
placed him in a cage made of polished earth
And sent him as far from his heart as they could.


Inefficient sketching process #78