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The Strange Brilliance of Buckminster Fuller

Rio Wight

Richard Buckminster Fuller may not be a household name. Nevertheless, his contributions to society and to sustainable living through technology and design were both vast and transformative.

By the time of his death in 1983, Fuller had patented 25 inventions, published over 30 books and had chronicled nearly his entire career through a series of papers knows as the "Dymaxion Chronofile."

While Fuller was undoubtedly a visionary, his visions were often too whimsical or unorthodox to be appreciated in their time. This hour, we speak with experts and admirers of the late inventor in an effort to understand the strange brilliance of R. Buckminster Fuller.


  • Jonathan Keats - Conceptual artist and experimental philosopher from San Francisco, CA. He's the author of the book, You Belong to the Universe 
  • Bonnie Devarco - Researcher and former Chief Archivist at theBuckminster Fuller Institute
  • Kurt Przybilla - Inventor of Tetratops. He’s also a writer and educator whose work is largely inspired by Buckminster Fuller

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

Josh was a producer for WNPR's talk shows. He has produced for Where We Live and was a producer for The Colin McEnroe Show until 2020.

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