Anxious Machine is creating a podcast
22

patrons

$74
per podcast episode
What Anxious Machine is about:

Anxious Machine is a podcast exploring how humans struggle with all the things that we’ve invented. Take a moment, right now, to look around the room you’re sitting in: your living room, your bedroom, your office, a coffee shop, your office at work. Wherever you are, take note of the sheer number of objects in the room that were fashioned by humans.

As I write this, almost everything in my view is a product of human design: there’s the computer in my lap, of course, and the cellphone in my pocket, but there’s also the room itself, with floor, walls, windows, and ceiling. The room is lit by two lamps, plugged into outlets that lead to electrical lines, which themselves snake off to a power generator, the location of which I don’t even know. Finally, there’s the furniture, the couch on which I sit, two chairs, and a table scattered with books, a pair of reading glasses, and a pouch holding the nebulizer my son needs to alleviate asthma attacks.

Most of these objects are mundane, but some are transformative, even life-saving. When we use the word “technology,” we often use it only to refer to the most recent forms of technology, especially anything related to computers. But the broadest definition of technology includes any tool created by humans, from hand axes to writing, from stone tablets to tablet computers. Our species has been using tools for our entire history. And as we’ve used it to change the world around us, it has, in turn, changed us.

Why Anxious Machine matters:

There's no shortage of podcasts about technology, but few actually tell the stories of real people affected by it. So far on my podcast, I've featured stories about everything from chemotherapy to emailneonatal intensive care units to the history of intoxication. And my guests are from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, from a Navy wife, to an Egyptian immigrant, to a former pimp and drug dealer.  

Why your support matters: 

I worked for five years as a writer/producer for “The Writer's Almanac”, and I was an associate producer for Krista Tippet's “On Being”. But now I'm just a guy working from my basement. Podcasting has opened up the possibilities for someone like me to create this kind of work all on my own. Patreon makes it possible for you to support this kind of independent operation. Show me that my work is valuable by investing in it. It will mean the world to me.

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per podcast episode
15 patrons
My eternal gratitude and your knowledge that you're supporting an independent podcaster whose work you enjoy.
Pledge $5 or more per podcast episode
6 patrons
In addition to my eternal gratitude and your knowledge that you're supporting an independent podcaster whose work you enjoy, I will also thank you in the show notes of the episode on my website.
Pledge $10 or more per podcast episode
2 patrons
In addition to my eternal gratitude and your knowledge that you're supporting an independent podcaster whose work you enjoy, I will also thank you in the show notes of the episode on my website and in the credits of the podcast itself. In addition, if I get more than ten patrons at this level, I will commission an Anxious Machine button design, and begin sending those out to all patrons at this level, if you so choose.
Pledge $25 or more per podcast episode
2 patrons
In addition to my eternal gratitude and your knowledge that you're supporting an independent podcaster whose work you enjoy, I will also thank you in the show notes of the episode on my website and in the credits of the podcast itself. AND if I get more than five patrons at this level, I will commission an Anxious Machine button design and t-shirt design and begin sending those out to all patrons at this level, if you so choose.
Goals
$74 of $1,000 per podcast episode
I want to start providing physical media for superfans of the show, including special edition vinyl and graphic novel-like illustrated transcripts. If I'm making enough per episode, I can invest in the upfront cost of these items and I will provide them as gifts to patrons at the highest giving levels.
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What Anxious Machine is about:

Anxious Machine is a podcast exploring how humans struggle with all the things that we’ve invented. Take a moment, right now, to look around the room you’re sitting in: your living room, your bedroom, your office, a coffee shop, your office at work. Wherever you are, take note of the sheer number of objects in the room that were fashioned by humans.

As I write this, almost everything in my view is a product of human design: there’s the computer in my lap, of course, and the cellphone in my pocket, but there’s also the room itself, with floor, walls, windows, and ceiling. The room is lit by two lamps, plugged into outlets that lead to electrical lines, which themselves snake off to a power generator, the location of which I don’t even know. Finally, there’s the furniture, the couch on which I sit, two chairs, and a table scattered with books, a pair of reading glasses, and a pouch holding the nebulizer my son needs to alleviate asthma attacks.

Most of these objects are mundane, but some are transformative, even life-saving. When we use the word “technology,” we often use it only to refer to the most recent forms of technology, especially anything related to computers. But the broadest definition of technology includes any tool created by humans, from hand axes to writing, from stone tablets to tablet computers. Our species has been using tools for our entire history. And as we’ve used it to change the world around us, it has, in turn, changed us.

Why Anxious Machine matters:

There's no shortage of podcasts about technology, but few actually tell the stories of real people affected by it. So far on my podcast, I've featured stories about everything from chemotherapy to emailneonatal intensive care units to the history of intoxication. And my guests are from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, from a Navy wife, to an Egyptian immigrant, to a former pimp and drug dealer.  

Why your support matters: 

I worked for five years as a writer/producer for “The Writer's Almanac”, and I was an associate producer for Krista Tippet's “On Being”. But now I'm just a guy working from my basement. Podcasting has opened up the possibilities for someone like me to create this kind of work all on my own. Patreon makes it possible for you to support this kind of independent operation. Show me that my work is valuable by investing in it. It will mean the world to me.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per podcast episode
15 patrons
My eternal gratitude and your knowledge that you're supporting an independent podcaster whose work you enjoy.
Pledge $5 or more per podcast episode
6 patrons
In addition to my eternal gratitude and your knowledge that you're supporting an independent podcaster whose work you enjoy, I will also thank you in the show notes of the episode on my website.
Pledge $10 or more per podcast episode
2 patrons
In addition to my eternal gratitude and your knowledge that you're supporting an independent podcaster whose work you enjoy, I will also thank you in the show notes of the episode on my website and in the credits of the podcast itself. In addition, if I get more than ten patrons at this level, I will commission an Anxious Machine button design, and begin sending those out to all patrons at this level, if you so choose.
Pledge $25 or more per podcast episode
2 patrons
In addition to my eternal gratitude and your knowledge that you're supporting an independent podcaster whose work you enjoy, I will also thank you in the show notes of the episode on my website and in the credits of the podcast itself. AND if I get more than five patrons at this level, I will commission an Anxious Machine button design and t-shirt design and begin sending those out to all patrons at this level, if you so choose.