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Necessary & Sufficient

By Evan Forman

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Necessary & Sufficient is an exploration of ideas (including those of duality, bifurcation, and hierarchy), a meditation on communication, a map of my mind, and a document of its own creation. Each week I record a conversation with a guest about a pair of related yet distinct concepts. The guest doesn't know about the topic in advance (I send them a set of index cards through the mail, which they open on-air) but I try to match up people with ideas that they will have some knowledge or opinion about. This isn’t a quiz, but an attempt to capture extemporaneous conversation and thoughts as they unfold between two people. Some topics are technical, some are general knowledge, but all are all open-ended in some way.

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Take 2.

Forman sends his guest two words in an envelope and engages them in conversation about the ideas they conjure. Many guests are his friends so there is an existing rapport, and in some cases Forman uses his guest as an opportunity to talk about ideas he's already considered. This is somewhat sly, in that his guests don't have any time to prepare and the hook is looking for their extemporaneous response. The conversations are engaging, smart, and a pleasant starting point for interesting dialogues. I'm enjoying the show as it develops and Forman grows as a host. With time this can become a 5 star show.

A gem found on the sidewalk.

Not sure what search terms I entered to find this podcast, but have had lots of fun listening in on Evan and his guests. It's a unique format where the guests take time to flesh out ideas and terms which we might otherwise think are interchangeable. The topics are often high-minded, but the host/guests are never pretentious. Yay.

Could have been lame in other hands, but Evan executes it brilliantly

Like so many things in life, I wade into each episode of N&S with trepidation. Though some thrill me off the bat, the episode titles often seem to hold little promise.

But man, I urge you to click and listen, because the devil is in the details.

Evan Forman mines the corners of each pair of concepts, extracting the gems with the help of a stream of erudite, witty, well-spoken guests, each hand-picked for their topic. The concepts range from the arcane to the banal, and each exploration leaves you feeling smarter, more knowledgeable, and -- my favorite part -- like you have a new pal. As each speaker brings their passion and expertise to the table, you get to be a fly on the wall at an intimate, if nerd-licious, conversation between friends.

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