matthewmcg / Matt McGrath

I'm looking for the "Instapaper of audio." I have a 20-30 minute walking commute to work and always listen to podcasts then. Also at the gym. But I don't like to listen to consecutive episodes of the same podcast and discovering new podcasts is still an unsolved problem. I'm hoping this will let me save interesting episodes, interviews, etc. that I come across on the web for later listening.

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  1. Longform Podcast #295: James and Deborah Fallows · Longform

    James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and Deborah Fallows, a linguist and writer, are the co-authors of Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. “The credo of reporting—you know, what you don’t know till you show

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  2. 463 Boom Supersonic - Airplane Geeks Podcast - The weekly audio podcast that explores and expands your passion for aviation.

    The founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic explains commercial supersonic air travel. In the news, we look at a push out of FAA reauthorization, a court ruling on airline seat size, a NASA supersonic demonstrator, a couple of aircraft carriers, and United Airlines.

    Guest Blake Scholl is founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, the Denver startup seeking to build a commercially viable supersonic passenger aircraft.

    We talk about the restrictions that have prevented supersonic flights over the United States, and how modern manufacturing methods allow supersonic airplanes to be built with much lower operating costs than was the case with the Concorde.

    Blake describes how Boom aims to build a small supersonic airliner that is accessible and affordable, and not “a flying gas can with a billionaire in the front of it.” We look at the tradeoff between loudness and efficiency, as well as propulsion and airframe issues, and the objectives of the “Baby Boom” demonstrator. First flight of that ⅓ scale aircraft is targeted for late 2018.

    Boom looks to have the full size 55-seat supersonic airplane in air at the end 2020, with first delivery to launch customer Virgin in late 2023. Blake tells us that Boom has 76 pre-orders across 5 airlines.

    Prior to establishing Boom Supersonic, Blake held leadership roles at, and he was co-founder and CEO at Kima Labs, which was acquired by Groupon. Blake is an avid pilot and holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

    Isaac Alexander at Boom Supersonic HQ June 2017, looking through the aircraft in virtual reality.

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  3. The Gearhead Podcast: Was the iPhone a Revolution or Just Slick Marketing

    10 years of iPhone. Who'd have thunk it? From humble beginnings as a way to one-up Microsoft's tablet business, the iPhone has had a lasting impacting on the mobile and computer industries, turning us into mindless swiping and tapping zombies along the way.

    00:0043:33 Gearhead, episode 2: iPhone turns 10. Download the raw MP3 file, add to iTunes, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

    In this second episode of the Gearhead podcast, Wired's Jeremy White and Ars Technica's Mark Walton are joined by Liat Clark from Wired and Leander Kahney from Cult of Mac to discuss the history of the iPhone and whether it really is the device that changed everything. Kahney, a former Wired alumni, was actually at the launch event for the very first iPhone, and gives us the lowdown on what it was like to be there to witness the unveiling of the "Jesus phone."

    Apple also had itself a WWDC in June, launching such products as the HomePod, ARKit, and a new iPad Pro. It even unveiled a new iMac in the form of the uber pimped, uber quick iMac Pro. And just to make things interesting, there's even a surprise Apple quiz to test the technological knowledge of the Wired editors.

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  4. 109 – Flying the U-2 Dragon Lady | omega tau science & engineering podcast

    Definitely one of my favorite episodes! I already had the same thought as martin above: nearly all of those pilots you talked to were so very convincing in their talk, they really lived their job!

    I also did learn many new aspects of flying in these special terms and was barely astonished for instance about the take-off capabilities (e.g. 200 ft of running before take-off, 45 to 50° angle of climbing…) and the fact, that there is so little power necessary for flying at the high altitudes, etc, etc.

    Really, really good stuff and a humorous, experienced and willing guest Carl LaRue!

    Thanks a lot to both of you!

    LOL: PIO… Pilot induced oscillation…

    Und als Segelflieger ist diese Episode tatsächlich doppelt interessant, trennt einen doch fast nur dieses Triebwerk von ansonsten vielen gemeinsamen Erfahrungen…

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  5. 091 – Flying the SR-71 Blackbird | omega tau science & engineering podcast

    091 – Flying the SR-71 Blackbird

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    In this episode we discuss the world’s fastest and highest flying jet-powered aircraft ever built, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Our guest is Col. (Ret) Richard Graham, a former SR-71 pilot. Our conversation is loosely based on his book Flying the SR-71, and we discuss the challenge of flying the SR-71. As a consequence of its unique capabilities and its engine and inlet design, the aircraft posed a number of very specific challenges on the pilot.

    Richard Graham (at

    Book: SR-71 Revealed: The Inside Story

    Book: SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends

    Book: Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the Cockpit On a Secret Operational Mission

    Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

    Lockheed YF-12

    Myasishchev M-4 Bison

    Tupolev Tu-95 Bear

    Lockheed U-2

    Beale AFB

    RAF Mildenhall

    Kadena Air Base (Okinawa)

    Edwards AFB

    JP-7 Fuel

    Star Tracker

    Kelly Johnson

    Ring Laser Gyroscope


    Equivalent Airspeed

    Shock Wave


    SR-71 Engine Sketch


    Compressor Stall




    Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk

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  6. 166 – Flying the Concorde | omega tau science & engineering podcast

    What a fabulous episode!

    As a keen teenage aircraft kit modeller, I had a 1/144 scale Airfix Concorde suspended in my bedroom pretty much as soon as the kit was released in the late sixties and I think, before the maiden flight of the prototype. Nearly fifty years later I’m still learning fascinating things about this magnificent machine!

    Once again you asked all the right questions Marcus and it was wonderful to hear John’s detailed and forthright answers.

    Towards the end I was thinking that The Accident was going to be skirted around – that possibly John wouldn’t want to talk about it. But then I was blown away by his forthright comments about it and he gave some opinions on the causes that I’d never heard before.

    On a lighter note, I have heard an anecdote about the joints in the fuselage to allow for thermal expansion. Here’s a link to a site that has a photograph inside one of the aircraft now on

    display. Before it cooled down after its last flight the flight

    engineer stuck his cap in the joint. In light of John’s comments that it’s unlikely any Concord will fly again, it’s there forever!

    Thanks again.

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  7. John Gruber & Merlin Mann at SxSW 2009

    SxSW ’09 - Gruber & Mann - HOWTO: 149 Surprising Ways to Turbocharge Your Blog With Credibility!

    My pal, John Gruber (from, and I presented a talk at South by Southwest Interactive on Saturday, March 14th. We talked about building a blog you can be proud of, trying to improve the quality of your work, reaching the people you admire, and maybe even making a buck (in a way that doesn’t blow your deal). Here’s what we had to say:

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  8. 30 Years After Explosion, Challenger Engineer Still Blames Himself : The Two-Way : NPR

    Bob Ebeling, an anonymous source for NPR's 1986 report on the disaster, tells NPR that despite warning NASA of troubles before the launch, he believes God "shouldn't have picked me for that job."

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