Surprisingly Awesome

Lots of things in the world seem ordinary. But when you dig deeper, it turns out, they’re fascinating. Surprisingly Awesome tells those stories.

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#19 Cardboard

August 24, 2016

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Show Notes

John Hodgman hoards boxes, but he's not okay with it - yet.

The Facts

Surprisingly Awesome’s Theme Music is “This is How We Do” by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll and Elizabeth Kulas.

Jacob Cruz, Cheyna Roth, Emma Jacobs, Rikki Novetsky, Anna Stitt and NPR West and WERU in Blue Hill, Maine provided production assistance. Additional music came from Danca, Nathan Michel, and Marmoset.

Andrew Dunn mixed the episode.

Learn More

If you love math and pizza-related explanations, check out Samuel Hansen's podcast Relatively Prime at

If you can't get enough cardboard, check out the amazing art of Ann Weber; her work has appeared at civic buildings and all around the world.

Oh wait, you thought Robert Gair was the most interesting part of the episode? Well, you can read more about him and his impact on New York's landscape in this NYT article. 

And, finally... it turns out H. Allen Smith was a successful humorist in his own right and has a pretty fascinating bibliography in addition to a career as a chili cook-off champ. At press time, we can only provide a link to his Wikipedia page as it has indeed, come to that.