Discussing the birth of the iPhone

John Markoff interviews former iPhone engineering team members Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz, followed by a second interview with Scott Forstall.

This is a two hour interview, Forstall starts about 1:07 but both hours are well worth listening to. Understand that the technology that these people built changed the world and Forstall had an inkling of the importance of what they were doing but really, none of them had any idea that the iPhone would turn out to be the success it has been.

This isn’t just for Apple fan-people or iPhone geeks, this will be interesting for anyone who wants a behind the scenes look at how these people’s careers took shape and how they ended up on the original iPhone team. The personal anecdotes are fascinating.

I was involved with Apple in the early years of the Macintosh and this felt very much like early interviews with Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, and others on the first Macintosh team. Historic.

This event took place at The Computer Museum and regrettably, the sound and video aren’t great, but it is extremely worthwhile.

Note: Scott Forstall left Apple (was let go) in 2012. Wouldn’t it be ironic (and interesting) if Forstall, like Jobs, came back to Apple later as CEO (or in some other capacity) after going through a personal transformation outside of Apple. Sometimes distance makes for a clearer head.

David Remnick on Fresh Air

David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As ‘The New Yorker’ Turns 90

Terry Gross interviews David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker. I love Fresh Air. I love The New Yorker. Remnick is a brilliant editor and a pleasure to listen to.

I listened to this live a week ago and just listened again via the Fresh Air podcast while I was having my truck worked on and it was just as good on second listen.

Daniel Eliasson

I don’t do street photography (yet) but I enjoy seeing it.

Street Photography London has a great interview with Swedish Street Photographer Daniel Eliasson. Watch the video, it’s fascinating.

The entire Street Photography London site is well worth poking around in.

Daniel’s site is well worth a look too:

[via Gary Sharp]

The True American

In ‘The True American,’ victim of attempted murder tries to save attacker

I tried to embed the video here, didn’t work. Watch it, it’s an amazing segment.

If you could face the man who tried to kill you, what would you do? A new book, “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a U.S. immigrant from Bangladesh, who was shot in the face in Texas by a man trying to avenge the 9/11 attacks. Hari Sreenivasan talks to author Anand Giridharadas about Bhuiyan’s campaign to save Mark Stroman from execution.

This was a brilliant segment and once I got over Anand’s hair and listened to him I realized that this story isn’t just about how an ignorant American went on a rampage against south Asians with beards but about the fact that there is a class of Americans who are living in third world conditions inside the United States. No doubt this has always been but as the global village gets more connected and comfortable together, this class of Americans is being left out.

The fact that the person who made that observation is a Bangladeshi-American who came to this country from one of the poorest countries on earth and worked his way up is mind blowing. It’s also a great comment on how far we’ve come, leaving the Mark Stromans behind that the person who wrote the book documenting this is Anand Giridharadas, an American born journalist (New York Times, among others) of south Asian decent and he’s being interviewed by Hari Sreenivasan, an anchor on the PBS NewsHour, also of south Asian decent.

Nate Silver at Google

Nate Silver joins Hal Varian (Google’s Chief Economist) to talk about his book “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t” and answer Googler questions.

This is an incredible discussion with Nate Silver at Google, and while it’s somewhat about politics, it’s also about larger issues of polling, marketing, and more.

The discussion is about an hour long but well worth watching in its entirety. Make the time and enjoy a brilliant yet humble mind.

[via Political Irony]

Interview with Matt Rogers, co-inventor of the Nest learning thermostat

Kevin Rose interviews Matt Rogers, the co-inventor of the Nest learning thermostat and an ex Apple engineer who worked on the iPod and early versions of the iPhone, among other things. This is another great interview and well worth taking the time to listen to. Kevin’s questions are excellent and Matt is incredibly enthusiastic, open, and gracious.

More interviews at Foundation.

Interview with Jack Dorsey, inventor of Twitter (among other things)

Kevin Rose interviews Jack Dorsey, the inventor of Twitter and co-founder of Square. This is a great interview and well worth taking the time to listen to. Jack talks about how the ideas for these two successful services came about and many other things. Kevin’s questions are great and Jack is both humble and brilliant.

More interviews at Foundation.

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Rachel Maddow: The Fresh Air Interview

Rachel Maddow: The Fresh Air Interview

Two of the best interviewers around: Terry Gross interviews Rachel Maddow. This is an incredible interview and no matter what your politics you should give it a listen. As many know, Maddow was a Rhodes Scholar, has a PhD in political science, and is a brilliant thinker and explainer, but the interview goes further in uncovering her thinking which is less partisan than many on the right think. Her discussion of getting Roger Ailes to comment on her new Book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power is fascinating.

Marco Arment on the Instapaper business model and more

Marco Arment on Planet Money

This is a great interview. The Planet Money guys are brilliant and Marco gets right in sync with their style.

Marco made and sells one of my all time favorite utilities: Instapaper. In a nutshell, if I start reading an article on my computer and want to finish it or read it on my iPad, I hit a button on my browser “read later” and the article is sent up to Instapaper, a cloud-based service that acts as my breadcrumbs in the clouds. Later, when I’m using my iPad (still connected to wifi) I click the Instapaper app and update its cache of saved stuff. The article appears and I can read it there.

What many don’t realize is that Instapaper caches the articles on the iPad and/or iPhone and so, I can read them there when I’m not connected, like when I’m on a plane. So, before my regular trips to LA I routinely load up my Instapaper account with things I want to read on the plane, then update the iPad’s Instapaper cache memory and I’m set.

Instapaper has many iBook-like reading tools including typographic control and more.

I’m hoping to use Instapaper to help my mother read The New Yorker as its app is totally worthless for anyone who can’t read small type.

Anatomy of a skyscraper

Terry Gross (Fresh Air) recently interviewed Kate Ascher on the topic of How The World’s Tallest Skyscrapers Work. Fascinating stuff. Kate’s book The Heights looks good.

What struck me in this interview is that the world’s tallest building (at the moment), The Burj Khalifa, built in Dubai is a very modern building built in a city with no city wide sewage system (yet). Because of this waste from this huge building has to be trucked away constantly and the trucks wait in lines to dump their waste into a sewage treatment plant for as much as 24 hours. Kate mentions in this piece that in many ways a city sewage system is a bigger challenge to build than a skyscraper. As an American, this strikes me as amazing because even though I live in a rural place where we have our own well and septic system I take for granted that cities and towns have services like these built in from the start. But, what we as Americans might call a natural evolution of a city or an infrastructure gets turned on its head with things like the internet and cellular phone systems which allow everyone in a developing country to have a cell phone or even a smart phone long before there is a land line infrastructure.