All Episodes

Back to Work #184: Days of Bathrooms Past

August 26, 2014 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 28 minutes

TOPIC: Is there anything else you want to tell me?

This week, Dan and Merlin discuss what bathrooms can teach us about learning, expertise, and empathy.

Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.


DLC #37: Darth Vader Riding a Dragon

August 25, 2014 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

Jeff and Christian welcome comedian, improviser, and all-around nerd, Alex Berg to the show to discuss Amazon possibly buying Twitch, new VR demos for Netflix and Half-Life 2, Microsoft's predictive DeLorean cloud gaming system, one Dad's solution to Minecraft griefers, the success of PC gaming, and more. Plus, the guys answer criticism that they were too mean to Microsoft last week.

In the Playlist, Alex is hooked on Diablo 3 for PS4, Christian finished Counterspy, and Jeff falls deeper and deeper in to the grasp of Heroes of the Storm. Plus, Star Realms impresses on iOS.

For Tabletop Time, Alex discusses the joys of D&D 4th edition and X-Wing Miniatures game, and Jeff recounts his first two games in the epic campaign that is Risk Legacy.

All that, plus YOUR phone calls!

Hosted by Christian Spicer & Jeff Cannata.


The Ihnatko Almanac #113: Somebody Gets Me

August 25, 2014 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 11 minutes

Andy and Dan talk about Twitter as a medium for conversation when news breaks, Andy's new video show, the deaths of famous people, and they answer some listener email.

Hosted by Andy Ihnatko & Dan Benjamin.


Overtired #10: The Simpsons Episode

August 25, 2014 at 9:30AM • 1 hour 5 minutes

In which the FXX Simpsons Marathon is discussed in detail, along with ice bucket challenges, Twitter timelines, and the art of the album cover.

Hosted by Brett Terpstra & Christina Warren.


Isometric #16: Bro Up Like a Football Bro

August 25, 2014 at 6:00AM • 1 hour 21 minutes

This week, Bri invents an exciting (and embarrassing) new catchphrase for Georgia. We decide if it's too early to plan a funeral for game demos, dissect the fun and sad Madden 15 ad, and predict a future where indies are paid in mehs and not dollars.

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Hosted by Brianna Wu, Georgia Dow, Maddy Myers, and Steve Lubitz.


After Dark #469: After Isometric 16: Dowabunga!

August 25, 2014 at 6:00AM • 8 minutes

Georgia gets to love her new catch phrase, and then regales us with the tale of how she nearly ground her thumb into her dinner.

Hosted by Dan Benjamin.


Mac Power Users #210: Task Management

August 24, 2014 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

David and Katie run down task management systems and discuss their tips and tricks for staying on top of their tasks.

Thanks to MPU listener Hay Oborn for assistance with the shownotes this week!

Hosted by David Sparks & Katie Floyd.


Tech Douchebags #22: The Book Hoarder

August 24, 2014 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Scott McNulty of The Incomparable and Random Trek shares his pathological need to buy more books despite the 1000+ he has that remain unread, why he owns at least 14 different Kindles and has an obsession with e-ink devices, his irrational fascination with the Oxford English Dictionary, and how compulsion and the sense of accomplishment fuels the "nerd" economy.

In addition, we debate the best & worst Star Trek series, how geeks enjoy science fiction because of the "rules", why morally ambiguous characters make for better fiction, how binge watching has made people more picky and more entitled, and how we may prefer "armchair quarterbacking" a TV show more than actually enjoying the story presented to us.

It concludes with Scott completing step two by admitting that there's no digital reading device - regardless of screen refresh rate or storage capacity - that will ever quash his incessant need to acquire more books.

Hosted by Jordan Cooper.


The Incomparable #208: The Good People Are Dead Already

August 23, 2014 at 2:00PM • 2 hours 13 minutes

Sharpen your shivs and barbecue some rats, because it's time for us to talk about the apocalyptic video game "The Last of Us." We talk about the story and the characters in this relentlessly bleak story of a man and a girl trying to survive both zombies and people. If you want even more, stay tuned after the music for an entire bonus episode about gameplay and technical aspects of the game.

With panelists Brianna Wu, Tiffany Arment, John Siracusa, and Steve Lutz.

Hosted by Jason Snell.


5by5 Specials #29: Four Places at Once

August 22, 2014 at 4:00PM • 17 minutes

Dan and his 6 year old son Cash discuss antenna breaks in the upcoming iPhone 6 housing, iPad as a gaming platform, the technology of podcasting and live streaming, the limits of Magneto's powers, Adventure Time, deadly amoebas, visiting Four Corners, Bigfoot, rodeos, a crystal tooth, and more.

Hosted by Dan Benjamin.