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  1. Desert Island Discs - Steve Backshall, Explorer

    Steve Backshall is an explorer, naturalist and broadcaster.

    His BAFTA-winning programmes bring viewers of every generation closer to nature – from the children’s series Deadly 60, featuring close encounters with the most dangerous and venomous creatures on earth, to Blue Planet Live and Springwatch.

    His interest in the natural world began at a young age, after his parents decided to swap their terraced house for a smallholding with goats, ducks and geese.

    His big break as a broadcaster arrived when National Geographic offered him the post of Adventurer in Residence and he’s been taking on the most arduous challenges and toughest environments on earth ever since. He ran a marathon in the Sahara and has swum cage-free with great white sharks.

    His adventures have also brought him many near-death moments. He broke his back while rock climbing and recently almost drowned while kayaking in Bhutan.

    Steve is married to the Olympic champion rower Helen Glover, and they have a two year old son and twins born earlier this year.

    DISC ONE: Beautiful War by Kings of Leon DISC TWO: The Wind by Cat Stevens DISC THREE: Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead DISC FOUR: Even After All by Finley Quaye DISC FIVE: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Ash Cutler and Rachael Hawnt DISC SIX: Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley DISC SEVEN: 6 Words by Wretch 32 DISC EIGHT: This Life by Vampire Weekend

    BOOK CHOICE: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez LUXURY ITEM: A guitar CASTAWAY’S FAVOURITE: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Ash Cutler and Rachael Hawnt

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne Producer: Sarah Taylor

    —Huffduffed by briansuda

  2. She Gets Calls And Texts Meant For Elon Musk. Some Are Pretty Weird

    There are a lot of people trying to reach celebrity entrepreneur Elon Musk. Sometimes, though, they get Lyndsay Tucker, a 25-year-old skin care consultant.

    Tucker, who works at a Sephora beauty store in San Jose, Calif., had never heard of the Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO until a couple years ago, when she began fielding a steady stream of calls and text messages intended for him.

    "I asked my mom, ‘Hey, I keep getting these text messages’ — and I was also now starting to get phone calls — ‘for this guy Elon Musk. I don’t know who this is,’ " Tucker said. "And my mom’s jaw just dropped."

    Turns out, Tucker’s cellphone number used to be registered to Musk. On any given day, she receives at least three calls or texts intended for Musk, whom she has never met.

    Enlarge this image When told of the traffic to his former number, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, said: "That number is so old! I’m surprised it’s still out there somewhere." Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images If the maverick billionaire provokes a scandal, as he is wont to do, her phone blows up with a torrent of messages. (Full disclosure: I reached out to Musk during one of those controversies, when he threatened to sue the California county that is home to Tesla’s manufacturing plant over its coronavirus-related restrictions. Instead, I got Tucker.)

    She has accidentally intercepted far more interesting calls than mine, however. One woman volunteered to go to space with SpaceX. Another person sent a blueprint for a bionic limb. "Which is, No. 1, really cool," Tucker said. "But I have no idea how it’s built."

    Tesla’s Elon Musk Rants Again, Calls Lockdowns Forcible Imprisonment And ‘Fascist’ THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS Tesla’s Elon Musk Rants Again, Calls Lockdowns Forcible Imprisonment And ‘Fascist’ A South African businessman asked about buying 1,000 trucks. The Internal Revenue Service called about a complicated tax issue.

    "I assumed I had messed something up," Tucker said about that call. "It was a huge relief they weren’t looking for me."

    Former Walt Disney executive John Lasseter texted about the Tesla he bought, calling it a "magnificent car!!!" and adding, "The self driving is a trip!"

    "I actually ended up going to the same college as his son," Tucker said of Lasseter.

    "I got to talk to him and apologized for never messaging his father back," she said. "We ended up laughing about it."

    Recently, Jeff Gold, an Atlanta-area inventor, who did business with Musk in the 1990s, sent a text about some coronavirus research.

    Are You Ready To Go Back To Work? Share Your Story YOUR MONEY Are You Ready To Go Back To Work? Share Your Story "He gave me his number a long time ago," Gold said. "I just went on and tracked down the correct number and resent my text."

    Public records show that Tucker’s number was once associated with a condo Musk bought and sold years ago in Palo Alto, Calif. After Musk got rid of the number, AT&T randomly reassigned it to Tucker. But online, the number took on a life of its own. It was replicated on dozens of listing websites as Musk’s current digits.

    "Whenever I see his name pop up in the news, I’m like, ‘OK, I have to actually learn what he said because chances are, someone is going to message me about it or call me about it,’" Tucker said. "Even though I find it funny most of the time, it does get irritating sometimes when it’s like call after call after call." Jessica Chou for NPR NPR reached out to Musk to see whether he knew about his long-lost number. He replied with a short email.

    "Wow," Musk said. "That number is so old! I’m surprised it’s still out there somewhere."

    Some of those who texted Tucker said Musk himself provided the number to them. When NPR asked Musk whether he gave out that number to people he was trying to dodge, he did not respond.

    However people obtain the number, it is often up to Tucker to convince them she is not Musk.

    "They say, ‘Oh, how do I know you’re not Elon?’ " she said. "And they suddenly want proof that I’m not him even though they’re obviously talking to a woman on the phone."

    The incessant calls and texts offer Tucker a rare window into the life of the flamboyant tech CEO, a glimpse she finds "amusing." Yet sometimes it can feel like a full-time job.

    Tucker, who is also an aspiring actress and has listed her contact information on dozens of résumés, is keeping the phone number. Jessica Chou for NPR "Whenever I see his name pop up in the news, I’m like, ‘OK, I have to actually learn what he said because, chances are, someone is going to message me about it or call me about it,’ " Tucker said. "Even though I find it funny most of the time, it does get irritating sometimes when it’s like call after call after call."

    She intends to keep the number, since she’s an aspiring actress with a network of contacts who know her by those digits.

    But she acknowledges that her ability to respond to all the Musk calls and texts changes by the day.

    To those who think it is Musk ignoring them, Tucker has a message.

    "I’m sorry. Sometimes I don’t respond if I’m having a rough day. So if you didn’t get a response, it’s probably me, not him," she said. "Don’t feel too let down."

    —Huffduffed by briansuda

  3. Jeremy Keith: “We’ve ruined the Web. Here’s how we fix it.” — This is HCD

    Welcome to World Wide Waste, a podcast about how digital is killing the planet, and what to do about it. In this session, I’m chatting with Jeremy Keith. Jeremy is a philosopher of the internet.

    https://www.thisishcd.com/episodes/world-wide-waste-with-gerry-mcgovern/jeremy-keith-weve-ruined-the-web-heres-how-we-fix-it/

    —Huffduffed by briansuda

  4. a16z Podcast: Principles and Algorithms for Work and Life

    with Ray Dalio (@raydalio), Alex Rampell (@arampell), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90)

    Can one really apply the lessons of history and of the past to the present and the future, as a way to get what they want out of life? By deeply understanding cause-effect relationships — clearly expressed, shared with others, overlaid with data, back-tested, modified — you can build a set of principles/algorithms/recipes for dealing with the realities of your life, observes Ray Dalio in this episode of the a16z Podcast (in conversation with a16z general partner Alex Rampell and Sonal Chokshi). Dalio’s book Principles: Life and Work originated as an internal company document that was posted online years ago and has been shared widely since; he is the founder, chairman, and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates — one of the top five private companies in the U.S., which manages over $150 billion and has made more money for clients than any other hedge fund.

    "Is this is a duck, how do I deal with ducks; or this is a species I haven’t seen before, and how do I deal with that?" In other words, when you see a particular thing coming over and over again, you can know what you’re seeing and how to act on it. But what about timing, which is a huge factor when it comes to making various bets and decisions in …

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    —Huffduffed by jimbrayton

  5. Invest Like the Best: Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger – How to Build a Great Product

    My guests this week are Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram.

    I met Kevin and Mike a few months ago over a shared interest in business and investing. I have found them both to be extremely good people who have a rare talent for finding and solving interesting problems. Indeed, problem-solving and jobs-to-be-done is a big part of our conversation.

    I realized walking into the podcast that Kevin and Mike have a rare set of experiences: having both built and sold an extremely successful product from scratch, but then also operated and scaled inside one of the largest businesses in the world. This means they have unique knowledge to offer just about anyone interested in business and products. We dig into all those lessons here.

    I am working on hosting more founders and CEOs on the podcast, and can’t think of a better pair to show you why I want to do so. Please enjoy my conversation with Kevin and Mike.  For more episodes go to . Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at . Follow Patrick on Twitter at

      Show Notes 1:38 – (first question) – Projects they’ve been working on since leaving Instagram 5:22 – How they can apply what they are learning in machine learning 7:18 – Most interesting experience diving back into data and machine learning 8:42 – How startups compare today to when they founded Instagram 13:23 – Judging founders and whether they know how to use their data effectively 14:26 – The jobs-to-be-done framework 19:14 – Laying out a vision vs solving problems that pop up 25:20 – Developing and sharing the principles of the company with the team 30:48 – Creating a community when it includes almost the entire world 39:03 – The most popular ways people used the platform 41:24 – What was the jobs-to-be-done rational behind the stories feature 44:15 – Interesting things that they saw as Instagram entered the developing world 46:40 – Their thoughts on how Instagram shaped culture and if they focused on those 52:58 – The new waves that they are observing right now 55:11 – How their thinking on leadership and teams changed during their time at Instagram and Facebook 1:03:23 – The pillars of a good business, including humility and confidence 1:06:06 – Focus on growth and distribution in a startup 1:10:01 – How early were they thinking about monetization on this free platform 1:13:43 – How do they think about how they invest their money and allocate resources 1:17:36 – Mentors for Kevin and Mike 1:20:30 – Their passion for learning to fly and the someday/maybe list 1:23:01 – Their interest in coffee 1:26:24 – Advice for everyone else 1:30:00 – Kindest thing anyone has done for them   Learn More For more episodes go to .  Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at

    Follow Patrick on twitter at

    https://investlikethebest.libsyn.com/kevin-systrom-and-mike-krieger-how-to-build-a-great-product

    —Huffduffed by jimbrayton

  6. 104 The Big Interview: Jared Diamond

    Jared Diamond’s 1997 book ‘Guns, Germs And Steel’ is one of the most influential non-fiction books of our time. It won a Pulitzer prize and influenced presidents and prime ministers. His latest book, ‘Upheaval: How Nations Cope With Crisis and Change’, takes a similarly sweeping view of history. The bestselling historian talks to Andrew Mueller about how nations recover from crisis and why the UK might currently find itself in a bigger crisis than the US

    —Huffduffed by briansuda

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