By Rob McGinley Myers
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True stories about modern humans
||CleanElectric Torture Device||Walking the fine line between an ambitious dream and a delusion||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIf You Could Do Anything?||The story of an existential question that leads to a mid-life crisis.||5/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPay Attention All the Time||Mothers, smartphones, and the technological origin of modern parenting.||9/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo You Feel More Like Gods?||The history and meaning of vacationing in the wilderness.||9/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBringing Wes Home||A family decides to prepare the body of a loved one for burial by themselves.||8/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Horrible Experience||A conversation about why my brother hates the computers and the internet.||8/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeleportation Device||What happened when writer Clive Thompson tried to read War and Peace on his iPhone||8/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThese Things Is Miracles||A woman struggles with the technology that would restore her hearing.||7/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Piece of Paper (S2: E4)||The story of two women in search of a marriage certificate.||7/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLooking at the Wall (S2: E3)||One woman struggles with how much technology she wants in her life.||6/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll My Days Have Been Guns (S2: E2)||How a gun changes one man's relationship to his father, society, and himself.||6/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDidn't Want to Be Conscious (S2: E1)||The history of intoxication in the life of one young woman.||6/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Question is Ridiculous (Interim Episode 4)||The question that's shaping the second season of this show.||5/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvery Other Fight (Interim Episode 3)||Confronting the toughest scariest guy in my high school.||5/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCompletely Clueless and Completely Paranoid (Interim Episode 2)||A mother blames herself after her son's medical diagnosis.||4/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Letter (Interim Episode 1)||How a single, handwritten letter changed one man's life.||4/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInbox Time Machine (S1: E6)||How email affected the relationship between a father and daughter.||3/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Window Seat (S1: E5)||The impact of air travel on one man's life.||3/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI Had No Instinct (S1: E4)||A mother struggles to connect with a premature baby||3/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI Was Deprived (S1: E3)||Two stories on parents, children, and access to technology||2/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNot a Phone Person (S1: E2)||A wife reflecting on the various technologies of long distance communication with her husband.||1/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProtect My Family (S1: E1)||What it's like to put your child's life in the hands of doctors.||1/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
This is a great geeky interview show…
… but this one is not just for geeks! This one is also about everyday life. It’s about technology and life intertwining. It’s very personal. It’s about professional lives, first tech encounters, and the future of technology on the everyday people’s level.
The Only Podcast I Listen To
I’m not a fan of podcasts. I avoid them like the plague and seek out the text whenever possible. But I listen to this one. It’s engaging, it’s short and straightforward. Rob finds interesting and unique topics to discuss with individual people, giving their story time to shine without overproducing anything. Listening to how people feel about and use (or don’t use) technology provides interesting perspectives that I haven’t found anywhere else. Worth every minute.
Compelling and moving interviews
I’ve be a regular reader of Rob’s blog since his excellent “Placebo-philes” post at the end of 2013, so when he announce that he was starting a podcast I decided to subscribe. The first couple interviews were with his brother and mother. These were interesting subjects—the familial relationships made the podcast feel very personal—but I didn’t fall in love with the podcast until episode 6, the interview with Stephen Hackett. This interview was so compelling and moving. I kept thinking about what I would do, how I would feel, in Stephen’s position. It really connected.
It’s also good to see Rob loosen the conceit that the interviews are “about how technology affects us”. Technology, as Rob defines it, is such a broad topic, it encompasses almost everything. I don’t mind this being an underlying thread, tying the episodes together, but it felt a bit forced in the first few interviews.