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Gay Gordon-Byrne: Why do the big manufacturers prevent you from repairing yourself?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fix, reuse, reinvent.

Manufacturers intentionally make their products difficult to repair. Gay Gordon-Byrne, a right to repair advocate, fights for laws to stop companies monopolizing repairs and allow people to fix their own things.

About Gay Gordon Byrne

Gay Gordon-Byrne is Executive Director of The Repair Association, a role she has held since its inception in 2013. national, state and local levels.

The association has passed laws in more than 30 states and lobbied for improvements in copyright law. Currently, the group is working with state and federal lawmakers to pass “right to repair” bills.

Gordon-Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree from Colgate University. She is the author of the book Buying, Supporting, Maintaining Software and Equipment: An IT Manager’s Guide to Controlling the Product Lifecycle.

This TED Radio Hour segment was produced by Fiona Geiran and James Delahoussaye and edited by Katie Simon. You can follow us on Twitter @TEDRadioHour and email us at [email protected] [Copyright 2022 NPR]