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December 05, 2015

More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they crave mittens and afghans, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload. This hour explores the therapeutic value of drawing, knitting and other handcrafts. And, the most coveted gift for writers, English majors and luddites? The manual typewriter.


Betsan Corkhill founded Britain's therapeutic knitting movement — the clinical application of knitting to treat a variety of mental and physical ailments. 


We have hands that can do things like knit, draw, throw pots, and build houses. In fact, there’s a philosopher, Colin McGinn, who thinks hands are what made us human.


The celebrated cartoonist Lynda Barry has a deep theory of creativity that she's explored through books and popular workshops.  


First it was vinyl; now, it's the typewriter. Vintage Smith-Coronas and Olivettis are hot items on Ebay and making a comeback in the age of computers. Philosopher Richard Polt assesses the typewriter revolution.


A few years ago, Tyler Knott Gregson challenged himself to write a poem a day on a vintage typewriter. Today, he's a daily Instagram poet.

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Philosopher and Author
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Richard Polt
Philosopher and Author
Tyler Knott Gregson
Author, Poet and Photographer
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June 14, 2019