There are plenty of podcasts that will tell you how Apple’s latest product will affect the tech landscape
tomorrow, but there aren’t that many concerned with the potential impact of that tech a decade from now. In
a culture obsessed with
now, how can we make choices with a view for tomorrow, next year, and beyond?
Episodes (usually) come out every other Tuesday at 7 am Eastern time. If unforeseen scheduling issues arise, we will
add a note below accordingly. Episodes are normally 25–30 minutes long.
A deep dive on the "structure/agency" problem, or: how individuals and systems relate. This one had a quirk to it, though:
we recorded the first nine episodes in the fall of 2016, then the last three in the fall of 2017. (Stephen
finishing his Ph.D. and moving across the country, and Chris finishing his M. Div. and moving across the country...
Episodes of particular interest include:
Season 3 was our first attempt at doing a more topical season, with an emphasis on the relationship between advertising,
busines interests, and capitalism and human flourishing.
We kicked off the season with
3.01: The Ad-Driven Web, Part I and
3.02: The Ad-Driven Web, Part II on July 21 and 28, 2015, respectively, and concluded with some lightning
round-style episodes in
3.14: Smorgasbord, Part I and
3.15: Smorgasbord, Part II on October 27 and November 3, 2015, respectively. The season also included our
3.09: Many Beautiful Things, with Ryan O’Neal of Sleeping at Last.
Season 2 began with
2.01: Take My Money Please! on January 27, 2015 and concluded with
2.15: Metapodcasting on May 12, 2015.
Think of this as our “tightening things up now that we know what we’re doing” season and you won’t be far wrong.
Our first “official” season—the one that was
not a “beta”—started on July 15, 2014, with
1.01: Massive Emotional Contagion, and wrapped up with the release of
1.18: Keep On Keepin’ On on November 18, 2014.
The main hiccup in Season 1? Stephen’s audio. It varies like crazy week to week, for reasons that eluded us. We
blame grumpy, grumpy monkeys.
Our first season: “This is a beta; bear with us!”—in which we spent a few months just figuring out what we were
doing, ran from January 28, 2014 until May 20, 2014. Seriously: we had
no idea what we were doing; we just knew we had a good idea for a show and wanted to figure out how to make
it work. There is good content here, but we have kept this around mostly for historical interest—it’s
Episodes ranged in length from over 45 minutes to under 20 minutes as we figured out our approach to the show, solicited
regular feedback, and general got a handle on the whole thing. By the final episode,
0.14: Deep In Their Bones, we had found our basic formula and settled into a nice rhythm, which we were then
able to carry into Season 1.