By Mike Maginnis & Quinn Dunki
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Welcome to the Open Apple podcast, where we share news and memories of the Apple II, Steve Wozniak's most famous personal computer.
||CleanOpen Apple #76 (January 2018) – Ken Gagne & Andy Molloy, Juiced.GS, Nukes||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Ken Gagne and Andy Molloy of Juiced.GS, the longest running continuously published Apple II magazine (that you can still get in your mailbox to this day!). Juiced.GS is in its 23rd year,||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #75 (October 2017) – Seth Sternberger, Class Apples, GS Graphics||We’re baaaack! Sorry for the unscheduled hiatus folks, but your intrepid hosts had some family matters to attend to. This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Seth Steinberger of 8-bit Weapon. We talk about their new album Class Apples,||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #74 (September 2017) – Mark Lemmert, Nox Archaist Kickstarter, Fake Quinn, and Softalk #5||This month on Open Apple, the part of Quinn Dunki is played by RCR Podcast co-host Carrington “Fake Quinn” Vanston. A post-KansasFest Mark Lemmert of 6502 Workshop returns to the show to promote the new Nox Archaist Kickstarter.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #73 (August 2017) – Assembly Chicken PolyANTICast Roundtable||This month on Open Apple, we run the annual group megapodcast that is recorded live at KansasFest! This is a four-year-old tradition whereby all the attending retro podcasters get together and do one big silly show together. It’s clunky,||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #72 (June 2017) – Peter Neubauer, KansasFest, Last Jedi||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with KansasFest committee member and lifelong Apple II user Peter Neubauer. We talk lots about the upcoming KansasFest, of course, but also Peter’s own experiences with the machine. He has a passion for Logo,||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #71 (May 2017) – Michael Packard, Alien Downpour, Kermit (The Frog)||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Michael Packard, author of the upcoming new game Alien Downpour. Michael has gone back to teach himself assembly language and make the kinds of games he wished he had made back in the day.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #70 (April 2017) – 6502 Workshop, 1st-Person Lo-Res, Softalk #4||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Lemmert, co-founder of 6502 Workshop. Him and his partners (Mike Reimer, Bill Giggie, Robert Padovan, Gordon Mackay, and Galactagog) have been building Nox Archaist,||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #69 (March 2017) – Craig Peterson, KansasFest, Computer Show!||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Craig Peterson, who got involved with hardware and software development very early in the life of the Apple II. Craig integrated Apple II computers with a numerical control manufacturing system,||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #68 (February 2017) : Emulator Updates, EDD, Softalk #3||This month on Open Apple, Mike and Quinn sit down with each other and catch up on all the news they’ve been neglecting lately. Mike and Quinn discuss the disappointing 8BitDo controller, get excited about remanufactured printer ribbons,||3/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #67 (January 2017) : Year End Roundtable!||This month on Open Apple, we round out the year with our annual tradition of sitting around a virtual table with some friends of the show, discussing whatever comes to mind. Mike and Quinn are joined by Jeremy Barr-Hyde, Jorma Honkanen,||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #66 (December 2016) : Glenda “The Atom” Adams||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Glenda Adams, better known on the Apple II as The Atom. She was a cracker of some note back in the 1980s, and she shares great stories with us of her exploits in boot tracing, cracking,||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #65.5 (December 2016) : Mike Whalen At KansasFest||This week on Open Apple, we run a special piece of extra content, courtesy of friend-of-the-show Mike Whalen. Mike brought his mobile audio production gear to KansasFest back in July, and he captured a series of interviews and biographies during the e||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #65 (November 2016) : Alex Lee, What Is The Apple IIgs?||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Alex Lee, purveyor of the canonical IIgs reference site What Is The Apple IIgs? We talk about what it was like being one of the brave few with this machine, and that feeling of living in a secret world of i||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #64 (October 2016) : John Brooks, Tiger Learning Computer, Softalk||This month on Open Apple, we share an excerpt of an interview with John Brooks, courtesy of Juiced.GS. John talks about how and why he updated ProDOS, and his experiences getting back into the community. Tune in to hear Quinn lose 20 years of time pe||10/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #63 (September 2016) : Kate Szkotnicki, ProDOS 2.4, KansasFest||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Kate Szkotnicki, long time Apple II fan and new addition to the retro community. We chat about her first impressions as a newcomer to the community, and the big splash she made at her first KansasFest.||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #62 (August 2016) : Mark Pilgrim, Passport, Ancient Legends||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Pilgrim, one of the most active software preservationists in the Apple II community. Mark has been spending his free time working on Passport, an automated cracking tool.||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #61 (July 2016) : KansasFest 2016, Chicken Missile Megapodcast||This month on Open Apple, as is tradition, we present the megapodcast recorded live at KansasFest. Most of your favorite retrocomputing podcasters attend KansasFest each year, and we all get together in a basement room to record a giant group podcast||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #60 (June 2016) : Sean Fahey, KansasFest 2016 Warmup||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Sean Fahey of A2Central, major league collector, and member of the KansasFest Committee. It’s not too late to register! Go to kansasfest.org right now. If you listen to this show,||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #59 (May 2016) : Amy Kefauver, Lorri Hopping, Stuff4YourGS||This month on Open Apple, Kevin Savetz sits down with Amy Kefauver and Lorri Hopping. Amy was the editor of Scholastic Microzine, an educational magazine focused on the Apple II. Lorri was a writer and editor for Microzine.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #58 (April 2016) : Huibert Aalbers, IIGS Stuff, Taiwanese Ham||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Huibert Aalbers, author of Soundsmith. It’s hard to overstate what a platform-defining piece of software this was for the Apple IIgs. Few people appreciated what the audio system in this computer was capable||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #57 (March 2016) : Bill Budge!||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with legendary Apple II programmer, Bill Budge. In addition to being an icon of Apple II gaming and graphics, he is the number-one-requested guest by listeners of the show.||3/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #56 (February 2016) : Peter Lount, Gemstone Warrior, KansasFest||This month on Open Apple we sit down with Peter Lount, co-developer of Gemstone Warrior and Gemstone Healer for the Apple II. Canadian programmer Peter and his partner Trouba broke new ground in video games by combining fast action combat with procedu||2/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #55 (January 2016) : Henry Courbis, UltimateMicro, ProDOS conversions||This month on Open Apple we sit down with Henry Courbis, co-proprietor of Ultimate Micro, serial entrepreneur, and Open Source guy. Henry is boldly going where no hobbyist has gone before, by making Apple II hardware his real day job.||1/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #54 (December 2015) : Year End Roundtable!||This month on Open Apple, we round out the year with our annual tradition of sitting around a virtual table with some friends of the show, discussing whatever comes to mind. Mike and Quinn are joined by Randy Brandt of Beagle Bros fame,||1/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #53 (November 2015) : David Schroeder, Phreaking, 8-bit Mice||This month on Open Apple we sit down with David Schroeder, author of classic Apple II games such as Crisis Mountain, Dino Eggs, and Short Circuit. We talk about the randomness of our passionate brand-loyalty,||11/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #52 (October 2015) : GEOS! Robert Bowdidge, and more GEOS!||This month on Open Apple we sit down with Robert Bowdidge, one of three interns at Berkeley Softworks who ported GEOS to the best line of 8-bit computers. We talk about what a great place Berkeley Softworks was,||10/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #51 (September 2015) : Mike Westerfield, Opus ][, The Byte Works, Merlin 32||This month on Open Apple we sit down with Mike Westerfield, of The Byte Works’ fame. We talk about his adventures writing assemblers & compilers for 8/16 bit computers, and we see what he’s up to nowadays. We talk about small-system compilers, Lo||9/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #50 (August 2015) : Rebecca Heineman, Plamen’s Clones, GS/OS Updates||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Rebecca “Burger Becky” Heineman. Becky is a legendary Apple II developer (not to mention many other platforms), and was the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2015. We discuss Becky’s KansasFest experiences t||8/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #49 (July 2015) : Laine Nooney, Technowarp, 4am||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Laine Nooney, researcher of early computer and software companies. She has been digging into the history of such greats as Brøderbund and Sierra On-Line. In particular,||8/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #48 (June 2015) : Tony Diaz, KansasFest Memories, Prototypes, and 8-bit DNS||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Tony Diaz- KansasFest committee member, and consummate Apple II collector. With KansasFest just days away, we go deep on Tony’s amazing collection of unique prototypes, documents, peripherals,||7/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #47.5 (June 2015) : John Brooks via Matt Ownby||Welcome to a special extra episode of Open Apple! Fellow Apple II enthusiast Matt Ownby recently sat down for a chat with John Brooks, author of Rastan on the IIgs. It’s a fascinating conversation with tons of technical detail that you won’t want||5/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #47 (May 2015) : Jason Scott, Kaboom!, Infocom Secrets||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Jason Scott, documentary filmmaker, historian, public speaker, and archivist. We talk about the importance of a nuanced appreciation of history, the flavors of sadness in comment threads,||5/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #46 (April 2015): Paul Lutus, ReactiveMicro, and KansasFest Keynote||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Paul Lutus, author of seminal early Apple II software such as AppleWriter and GraFORTH. We talk about the impacts of software development on society, the value of the individual in the process,||4/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #45 (March 2015): Mark Kriegsman, FastLED, Transwarp GS Clone, and Newsapalooza||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Kriegsman, author of Star Blaster, and a modern Apple II hacker. He has ported the awesome FastLED driver library to the Apple II, so you can drive many hundreds of 32-bit RGB LEDs with your Apple II.||3/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #44 (February 2015) : Beagle Bros Reunion Roundtable, Andrew Roughan||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Beagles Bros Randy Brandt, Mark Simonsen Tom Weishaar, and Alan Bird. We share stories of Beagle’s development, poke lots of fun at each other, and check in on where everyone is now.||2/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #43 (January 2015) : Happy New Year with Ben Heck!||This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Ben Heck, one of our most-requested interviews. We talk about his Apple I replica, his Apple IIgs laptop, and Adam Sandler for some reason. Meanwhile, Mike and Quinn talk about Apple Porsches,||1/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #42 (December 2014) : 2014 Year-End Roundtable, Eric Shepherd, Sarah W., Carrington Vanston||This month on Open Apple, we close out the year with our traditional Year-End Roundtable discussion. We’re joined by Eric ‘Sheppy’ Shepherd, Sarah W., and Carrington Vanston. We talk about alternate universes, our collective love of the IIgs,||1/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #41 (November 2014) : Randy Brandt, Neuromancer, Bob Bishop||This month on Open Apple we present an early holiday gift, in the form of an epic three hour episode. We sit down for a great conversation with Apple II legend Randy Brandt, perhaps best known for his work at Beagle Bros. We go deep on Beagle Bros,||11/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #40.5 (November 2014) : Mike and Quinn Watch ‘The Goldbergs’||Now for something completely different. We have a bit of a gap between shows here on Open Apple, due to the timing of some interviews we have lined up. Rather than keep you waiting, we thought we’d try something wacky. In this “episode” of Open Ap||11/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #40 (October 2014) : Chris Torrence, Printers, Celebrating Lode Runner||This month on Open Apple, we talk to Chris Torrence, the new Roger Wagner Volunteer Archivist on behalf of Softalk magazine. Chris is a lifelong Apple II fan, and has recently undertaken the valuable effort of producing a book containing all of Rog||10/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #39 (September 2014) : Gary B. Little, New Segments, Apple IIc Cards||This month on Open Apple, we talk to Gary Little, prolific author of many technical reference books about various models in the Apple ][ line. In addition to writing great books that go deep on the hardware, Gary also wrote lots of great software,||9/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #38 (August 2014) : The Lawless Legends Team||This month on Open Apple, we go deep on Lawless Legends with most of the team building it. We’ve managed to corner Seth Sternberger (of 8-bit Weapon fame), Martin Haye, and Brendan Robert (Dave Schmenk, we’re coming for you…) to grill them on thi||8/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #37 (July 2014): Quinn Dunki, Veronica, Halt and Catch Fire, KansasFest 2014||This month on Open Apple, Mike chats with Quinn Dunki about her early programming experiences, and she gives us a brief overview of the development of her 6502-based homebrew computer, Veronica. Other topics this month: Apple IIc clones, KansasFest,||7/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #36 (Mar 2014): Evan Koblentz, VCF East, Softalk, and Apple2pi||This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Evan Koblentz, producer of Vintage Computer Festival East. VCF East 9.1 is happening this spring, and Evan has an inside look at the event’s founding, growth, and lineup.||3/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #35 (Feb 2014): Sean Fahey, Uthernet, Silvern Castle, and the Mac’s 30th||This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Sean Fahey, proprietor of A2Central.com and KansasFest committee member. Sean and James Littlejohn distribute a plethora of Apple II hardware and software every year to KansasFest attendees,||2/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #34 (Jan 2014): 2013 end-of-year roundtable||At the dawn of 2014, Open Apple engages in its annual tradition of reflecting on all that has transpired in the Apple II community in the past year. Ken Gagne moderates a panel of Mike Maginnis, Andy Molloy, Ivan Drucker,||1/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #33 (Dec 2013): Andrew Schultz, interactive fiction, JSMESS, and SCOTTEVEST||This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Andrew Schultz — gamer, FAQ author, and Interactive Fiction Competition participant. Text adventures are enjoying a resurgence in popularity and access, and Andrew guides us through the tools and resour||12/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #32 (Nov 2013): Bill Martens, history, Apple founders, and WOZPAK||This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Bill Martens of Call-A.P.P.L.E. Preserving our community’s software and documentation is important not just to the users, but to the people doing the preserving; Bill explains why.||11/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #31 (Oct 2013): Brendan Robert, Lawless Legends, Texas, and Wayne Green||This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Brendan Robert of the Java Apple Computer Emulator (JACE) and Apple Game Server. Innovative cross-platform tools are being used to bring Lawless Legends, an original 8-bit RPG,||10/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Apple #30 (Sep 2013): Charles Mangin, Jobs movie, Tetris, and S-Prize||This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Charles Mangin, the mad scientist who puts Mac Minis inside Apple II cases and inventor of the RetroConnector. It’s our first show since KansasFest, and we share our highlights and favorite products and||9/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Good company and useful
This show keeps me good company when I'm cooking or working around the house. It's fun and easy listening, and pretty much a must for any Apple II fan. I love the various regular segments like looking at a unusual Apple II-related eBay items, or challenging the listener to identify a snippet of music from a classic Apple II game. The guests have been interesting and thought-provoking. Sound issues with Mike in earlier episodes have been resolved, and now I can recommend this with no reservations.
These guys do an outstanding job of keeping the Apple II alive!
Every episode gets better
Ken and Mike have been puttering around with their Apple II and Apple III computers for many years, and now they bring their accumulated knowledge to the microphone with the Open Apple podcast. There were others that preceded this, but this is one of the most polished podcasts I've heard in the field of retrocomputing. It is un-apologetically 8-bit-ophilc, with a slant towards games and gaming (co-host Ken Gagne has been writing about games for many years), and it is quite common for a guest to join the microphone and participate in their discussion.
Taking a page from the RetroMacCast playbook, Ken and Mike usually discuss eBay items that fit into the 8-bit era of Apple Computer, Inc., and the show is divided up into segments, just like monthly columns in a magazine. One would think that twenty years after the Apple II series was axed by its parent company that all there is to say would have been said by now, but each episode of Open Apple has enough content to overflow and set bit on the one hour mark.
If there was one criticism to make about the podcast, it would be that it has in the past sounded just a bit too scripted, but that is most noticeable in the first year of operation. As the hosts have become more comfortable with the format and how it works, their banter is getting more relaxed and sounds less pre-determined.
If you had an Apple II "back in the day" that you remember with fondness, take a listen to the Open Apple Podcast, and relive those days!
(Steven Weyhrich, Apple II History