Sources and Methods

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Sebastian is co-founder of Ultraworking, a company that runs timed group work sessions on the internet (among other things). We get into the things he’s discovered really help improve productivity as well as the world outside pure ‘productivity
Tiago is a writer, thinker and trainer in productivity systems. He runs the online course ‘Building a Second Brain’ and we discuss the techniques he developed to support knowledge work. We also get into the weaknesses of the ‘deep work’ trend.F
Lýdia is a polyglot, mentor and inspiration to language learners. We discuss language learning methods, her experiences running online education programmes as well as what it’s like to work as a simultaneous interpreter in high-stress situation
Eva Hagberg is the author of a new memoir entitled ‘How to be Loved’. We speak to her about her experience of chronic illness, grief and her career in architecture and criticism.Learn more about Eva at Eva on t
Matt speaks with Bruce Smith, entrepreneur and CEO/founder of Hydrow. Bruce coached the US Lightweight Eight rowing team to a Bronze medal at the 2015 World Rowing Championships and is a former executive director of Community Rowing — Boston.Le
Jeremy Howard is a giant of the deep / machine learning space. He's also deeply interested in how to democratise this set of skills and has lots to say on how best to do this.Full show notes are available at sourcesandmethods.comIf you're inspi
This week we spoke with Matthias Felleisen who is a professor at Northeastern University and heavyweight in the coding / teaching world, one of the driving forces behind Racket, a general-purpose programming language.Full show notes are availab
Zavain Dar is a venture capitalist based in New York and San Francisco. He spoke with us about his work that takes him from business and investment in Silicon Valley to science and teaching at Stanford and elsewhere.Full show notes are availabl
This week in an interlude from the technology theme of season three, we discuss Stephen Tankel's new book, With Us and Against Us: How America's Partners Help and Hinder the War on Terror.Full show notes are available at
Eric Schles is a data scientist working at Microsoft. He’s worked in various places but he uses his skills in understanding large amorphous chunks of data to drive policy and allow organisations to make smarter decisions. Recorded at he initial
We speak with Chris Lee of Launch School, an online programming course programming with a mastery-based learning approach. We get into the different ways that education can work, and where further efforts are needed. -- main website / homepageFull show notes are available at:
For this episode, Matt met up with Jim Wilcox, Professor Emeritus, who taught at Boston University in the College of General Studies for forty-three years. His original interest in teaching as a profession began while in the Air Force and evolv
This week Matt speaks with Thomas Nichols, author of 'The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters'. Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, an adjunct professor at
This is an inbetweenisode. There's no guest, but we (Alex & Matt) had a conversation about the past year of podcast guests, some stuff we've been working on and what's in store for 2017. Full show notes available at
This week, we spoke with Lynne Kelly, author of 'The Memory Code: The Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Other Ancient Monuments', a fascinating exploration of the intersection between history, archaeological sleuthing and memory techniqu
Alex spoke with Gabe Weatherhead for this episode. We get into the weeds on DevonThink, an incredibly useful piece of database software. Gabe is best known as @macdrifter online (also check out We also talked about developing a
This week Alex spoke with Belle Beth Cooper, co-founder of Melbourne-based 'Hello Code'. Belle works in iOS development and as a writer. Hello Code make useful services like, a website that shows you correlations from all your data. F
Our guest this episode is Kael Weston. He represented the United States for more than a decade as a State Department official. Washington acknowledged his multi-year work in Fallujah with Marines by awarding him one of its highest honors, the S
This week I spoke with Deb Chachra from Olin College (USA). She teaches engineering but is interested in and writes on a wide variety of semi-related themes and projects (see show notes for more).
Our guest this week is Marianne Long, Education Director of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Co-Founder of the Gills Club. Marianne works to foster the engagement of young girls in the study of sharks, and I was curious to talk to her a
Our guest this week is Matthew Cassel, an independent multimedia journalist and filmmaker based in Istanbul, Turkey. As a writer, photographer and videographer he has reported from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and beyond. His most rec
This week we talk with Dr K. Anders Ericsson about his pioneering work advancing the science of expertise. Key question: how do we get better at specific skills and learning? We get into everything covered in his latest book, 'Peak', and discus
Our guest this week is Alex Mullen. He’s currently a medical student at the University of Mississipi, but also the current reigning World Memory Champion. He can memorise the order of a pack of cards in 17 seconds and was inspired to start trai
Our guest this week is Samuel Maruta, the co-founder of Marou Chocolate in Vietnam, and an increasing presence on the artisanal chocolate scene. He walks us through the production, ethics and big picture thinking around the chocolate industry.
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