Judith Donath on Signaling, Design, and the Social Machine

Judith Donath talks with host Russ Roberts about the ideas in her book--an examination of signaling, online identity, and online community. She argues that design elements in technology play a key role in our interactions. The conversation closes with a discussion of data collection by corporations and the government.

a16z Podcast: So Where Are We on the 'S-curve' for PC Devices?

There have been a number of new device announceme…

#600: Will I Know Anyone at This Party?

This week: Republicans struggling with the split in their own party.

Alpha Gal

Tuck your napkin under your chin.  We’re about to serve up a tale of love, loss, and lamb chops. 

Elizabeth McGuane, Content Strategy Lead At Intercom

Intercom's Content Strategy Lead Elizabeth McGuan…

#80 Flash!

This week: a bitter Yes Yes No rivalry, and the return of 10 Minutes on Craigslist. Someone has gone missing.

In Praise of Incrementalism

What do Renaissance painting, civil-rights movements, and Olympic cycling have in common? In each case, huge breakthroughs came from taking tiny steps. In a world where everyone is looking for the next moonshot, we shouldn't ignore the power of increment

233- Space Trash, Space Treasure

In the summer of 1961 the upper stage of the rocket carrying the Transit 4A satellite blew up about two hours after launch. It was the first known human-made object to unintentionally explode in space, and it created hundreds of fragments of useless sp...


Your host decides to follow back a Joy Division T-shirt that is following him around the internet. Plus the surveillance that powers behaviorally targeted personalized advertising.

Casey Mulligan on Cuba

Casey Mulligan talks with host Russ Roberts about life in Cuba. Mulligan, who recently returned from a trip to Cuba, discusses the economy, the standard of living and some of the peculiarities of communist control.

#33 - Vector Custom Fabricating’s Beer Hack

We’re dedicating the month of October to beer. Well, beer hacks in the workplace, to be specific. Today we go to a place that makes architectural metals. Vector Custom Fabricating has a small, tight team of employees. One thing that bonds them? Making bee

#599: Seriously?

Watching lies become the truth in this year's election. And a few people who try to bridge the gap between the way the two sides see the facts.

Episode 78: Progressive Ember Weekend

Chase and Jonathan discuss a particularly good issue regarding the Ember.js guides, a new addon, and Nolan Lawson's progressive enhancement blog post.

Jeff Vincent, Product At Wistia

Jeff Vincent works on the product team at Wistia,…

In Praise of Maintenance

Has our culture's obsession with innovation led us to neglect the fact that things also need to be taken care of?

#29 The Takeover (REBROADCAST)

Thomas Oscar is an Australian teenager who tried to make the most boring Facebook group possible - a group where members pretend to be corporate drones in a non-existent office.

a16z Podcast: On the Genomics of Disease, From Science to Business

Once we sequenced the human genome, we'd know the…

232- McMansion Hell

Few forms of contemporary architecture draw as much criticism as the McMansion, a particular type of oversized house that people love to hate. McMansions usually feature 3,000 or more square feet of space and fail to embody a cohesive style or interact...

Chris Arnade on the Mexican Crisis, TARP, and American Poverty

Chris Arnade talks with host Russ Roberts about what he learned from the front lines of the financial industry in the 1990s and 2000s when everything began to fall apart. He also discusses his transition into observer and photographer of drug addicts, the poor, and the forgotten parts of America.

#502: This Call May Be Recorded... To Save Your Life

A journalist named Meron Estefanos gets a disturbing tip. She's given a phone number that supposedly belongs to a group of refugees being held hostage in the Sinai desert. She dials the number, and soon dozens of strangers are begging her to rescue them.

Episode 77: Unravelling a Package Manager

Chase and Jonathan discuss some new happenings in Pretender.js, and the new javascript package manager client: Yarn.

Jared Spool, Founder Of User Interface Engineering

User Interface Engineering founder Jared Spool ch…

#79 Boy in Photo

Who was Wayne?

This Is Your Brain on Podcasts

Neuroscientists still have a great deal to learn about the human brain. One recent MRI study sheds some light, finding that a certain kind of storytelling stimulates enormous activity across broad swaths of the brain. The takeaway is obvious: you should

a16z Podcast: Stickers! Filters! Memes! Livestreams!

From glittery reaction gifs modded by grandparent…