The Critical Path

The Critical Path

The Critical Path is a talk show contemplating the causality of success and failure in the evolving story of mobile computing and related industries. Using Apple as a lens to look at existing and emerging tech markets, we try to understand what it means to be great.

Hosted by Horace Dediu, Anders Brownworth, and Judd Rubin.



#237: Herbie Rides Again

November 17, 2019 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

Horace breaks down AAPL earnings and explores real estate villainy.


#236: Kinking the Demand Curve

October 27, 2019 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Horace shares his thoughts on the iPhone 11 Pro, takes #CriticalQuestions and considers how popular Judd would be in a Finnish high school.


#235: Soft Power

October 20, 2019 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

Horace finally shares his thoughts on Ghostbusters and the uncanny valley, as well as Apple's place in China.


#234: Subscription Culture

September 29, 2019 at 3:00PM • 57 minutes

Horace reflects on his umbrage, and more!


#233: Triumph of the Walled Garden

September 14, 2019 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 17 minutes

Horace shares his thoughts on Apple's fall show, takes some #CriticalQuestions and drops a pun, all without doing any damage to Judd's car.


#232: Card of Attrition

August 18, 2019 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 6 minutes

Horace looks back on the dawn of the Apple Card age, considers how its adoption may differ outside of the US and tells us about his new wallet.


#231: Persistence

August 4, 2019 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Horace discusses AAPL earnings, a shift in perception and takes some wonderfully #CriticalQuestions.


#230: Ex Machina: Are We There Yet? author Dan Albert

July 14, 2019 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

Historian and author Dan Albert joins Horace and Judd to discuss Dan's new book, Are We There Yet?, touching on the VW Beetle, non-capitalist Henry Ford and resisting technological determinism.


#229: Sausage and Jony Ive

June 30, 2019 at 10:30AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Horace reflects on Jony Ive's departure.


#228: Killer Apps

June 23, 2019 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

Horace checks in from the Holiday Road, sharing his thoughts on WWDC, iPadOS, Mac Pro and The Army Way.