About the Show
A thoughtful, unpretentious, mostly weekly conversation about the companies, ideas and products that are transforming our world. We look at what it is, why it matters and where it fits in the broader business of consumer technology. So, grab your favorite Blue Barn sandwich, put the Giants game on mute and join us.
Hosted by Ryan Fretwell and Carlos Gomez.
Episode 127: Bag of Worms
September 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 57 mins
Christmas in Cupertino is here and we hope you took your change jar to the CoinStar at the Safeway because Tim Cook ain’t f***ing around with these new price points. This week, we cut through all the queso and fake news and review Apple’s September media event, the iPhone 8 and X, and look ahead to 2020.
Episode 126: The Ryan Doctrine
September 6th, 2017 | 1 hr 34 mins
Garlic fries and chicken tenders, Jeff Bezos as Seattle’s true 12th man, and a crash course in the time honored tradition of cheating in New England sports. Plus: two very different opinions on Apple’s upcoming iPhone pricing strategy and a preview of next week’s fall press event. 🥊 .
Episode 125: Amazon Sprinkles
August 30th, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
Disconnecting and staying connected, entertainment economics, and fair-trade Echo Dots. Plus: Amazon does Apple a solid and slashes the price of avocados so millenials can afford the upcoming iPhone. Don’t worry Gen Y, homeownership is just a couple of skipped brunches away. 🍳 .
Programming note: short episode this week because, um, NAFTA.
Episode 124: The 30 Rock of Pizza
August 16th, 2017 | 1 hr 27 mins
Americans have always been innovators, pioneers and visionaries. We invented the light bulb, the television, the iPhone and most notably — the Domino's DXP. This week: bad ice cream, pizza chain reinvention, subscription fatigue and we catch utopian Olympic fever.
It's okay. You can like LA while also knowing the universal truth that the Dodgers suck. ⚾️ .
Episode 123: Munster of the East
August 9th, 2017 | 1 hr 30 mins
Sleepless nights, 4K vindication, and extremely expensive iPhones. This week, intrepid firmware sleuths spoil Apple Christmas and Ryan posits that Apple’s doubling down on secrecy may be a fool’s errand at scale. Plus: Bob Iger cancels his corporate Netflix account. 🐭 .
Episode 122: Insert Your New Co-Host
July 26th, 2017 | 1 hr 36 mins
Planes, trains and automobiles. This week: timely travel recommendations, Apple’s forthcoming “big beautiful plants”, Netflix as a relentless original content machine and scenes from the continuing decline of our democracy.
Priority boarding of this episode available for all Pocket Cast Platinum Medallion Members and above. ✈️ .
Episode 121: What's the Thing About the Sleeping Bag?
July 19th, 2017 | 1 hr 24 mins
Amazon moved markets but all anyone can talk about is Swole Bezos: Mr. 206.
This week: meal kits, self-drowning robots, a Star War, and our quarterly productivity intervention. We also mark the 1/8th milestone for the Trump presidency. Pardons, MAGAnomics and well done steaks for everybody. ⛳️ .
Episode 120: Thoughts on K-Cups
July 12th, 2017 | 1 hr 33 mins
The date was July 12th, 1998. A young Sammy Sosa was nipping at the heels of one Mark McGwire in the most talked about race in all of professional sports: which major league slugger could collect the most free AOL dialup hours. This week: Prime Day, single player shipping, Nice! store brands, and continued debate over the looming iPhone Pro pricing mistake. 💰 .
Episode 119: A Terry Gross Way
July 5th, 2017 | 1 hr 23 mins
An ethical quandary for the digital age, some cold water for pie-in-the-sky near-term transportation disruption, and 10 years of iPhone. Plus: Ryan lives on the edge with public betas and visits to a sketchy taco joint in the Nevada desert. 😓 .
Episode 118: Citrus Forward
June 28th, 2017 | 1 hr 12 mins
With the Giants on pace for their first 100 loss season in 30 years: a little inside baseball inside AT&T Park and a run around the follow-up bases. Plus: #fakenews and magazine covers with the golfer-in-chief, the realities of Apple’s doubling down on secrecy, and Tesla’s new breakthrough recipe delivery service.
Episode 117: Free as in Shipping
June 21st, 2017 | 1 hr 20 mins
Jeff Bezos spent $13.4B on groceries, Travis Kalanick was forced to resign from the company he founded, and Carlos got a new laptop. Looks like we all had a big week. Plus: a recap of the 3rd season finale of "Better Call Saul", a tour of Georgia’s most temporarily famous congressional district, and nostalgia for the Biden memes of yore.
Episode 116: Cactus Time
June 14th, 2017 | 1 hr 32 mins
K.D. seems like the kind of guy that would wait the extra four minutes for a Lyft instead of an Uber, right? Speaking of which: the Holder/Uber report is out, the Finals are over, and Donald Trump is absolutely not under investigation.
Plus: coming down from an exciting win of the Golden State Warriors of Oakland over the Cleveland Lebrons, Ryan goes inside baseball and explains the money behind a winning NBA team. 🐦 .
Episode 115: Tiny Waffles
June 7th, 2017 | 1 hr 36 mins
We’re back from Rome with spices and an iPad software overhaul the likes of which has never been seen this side of the Atlantic. This week: we cover the jam-packed, Kirkland Signature sized WWDC 2017 keynote. 🌭 .
Episode 114: Reincorporate in Jokkmokk
May 31st, 2017 | 1 hr 50 mins
Clinton at the Code Conference.
Our preview of the NBA Finals.
Vexing times in streaming music.
Following the money with Uber.
Existing car makers vs. Tesla.
Final predictions for WWDC ’17.
Elitism is not a four letter word.
Trust us, a small group of people know exactly what we mean.
Episode 113: Only Google
May 24th, 2017 | 1 hr 25 mins
Carlos makes the case that Apple has made a huge mistake with its Mac strategy. The Trump press team doesn’t understand the question and certainly won’t respond to it while Sundar Pichai wonders if these cut-offs effectively hide Google Photos’ thunder. Plus: Uber’s pricing algorithms learn there’s always [more] money in the banana stand. 🍌.