Stuff! It's all around us. The metals, plastics, glass, fibers and other materials that make up our homes, our cars, our electronics, our everything! Most of the time we accept this stuff for what it is and don't give it another thought. But not David Pogue. 

David is a New York Times personal technology columnist and CBS news correspondent who wants to know, just what is all of our stuff made of? How strong can materials get? On how small of a scale can we work with them? How clean can we get our technology? And how smart can a material become? From the first man to craft a tool using a rock, to the future of robots so small they'll navigate your blood stream, we'll be following David as he searches for the stories behind the materials that make up our world in this four-part program set to air in the fall of 2010 winter of 2011. 

I'm Dan Parsons, a production assistant on the Making Stuff crew. So far in production we've locked down the treatment for one of the four episodes, titled "Strong, Stronger, Strongest" and should have the second, "Small Smaller Smallest" complete soon. We've lined up some interesting adventures for our host including trips to a demolition derby, an active Navy aircraft carrier, a steel mill, a diamond cutter and to MIT for a slow-motion look at exactly how things break. There's still a long road ahead of us, so keep checking back as production continues for an inside look behind the production of Making Stuff!

Publicist's Note: MAKING STUFF: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter will premiere Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS

User Comments:

Any reason you're using "material science" rather than "materials science?"

Expected air dates? Can't wait to share this with our students.

M. Daniels
Materials Science and Engineering
The Ohio State University

Some of the best stuff is non-material stuff: the abstract stuff that makes the material stuff work. Algorithms, numbers, theorems, etc.

I agree strongly


How about treatment: "Fast, Faster, Fastest."

I'm sure David would love to host this episode too.

Is speed revolution or evolution?

Speed of calculation, speed of information around the planet, speed of "idea" proliferation (TED) - "product" proliferation (e-Books), speed of innovation & production in various industries;
Finance (,
Government (,
Consumer Economy (

Segment might also address the caveat - instances where speed kills. (Industries, markets, people)

Look forward to future posts and PBS NOVA miniseries

Some of the best stuff is non-material stuff: the abstract stuff that makes the material stuff work. Algorithms, numbers, theorems, etc.

Non-material "stuff" is not stuff in the context of this series. Stuff is a cute way to refer to materials, in most cases solids. Algorithms, numbers, theorems may help improve "stuff" but existing stuff will work with or without the abstract "stuff".

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