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Sources and Methods is a podcast hosted by Alex Strick and Matt Trevithick in which interesting people doing interesting things get to talk about the what, how and why of what they do.

Sources and Methods is a podcast hosted by Alex Strick and Matt Trevithick in which interesting people doing interesting things get to talk about the what, how and why of what they do.
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Sources and Methods is a podcast hosted by Alex Strick and Matt Trevithick in which interesting people doing interesting things get to talk about the what, how and why of what they do.




37: Jim Wilcox

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 evolved while teaching at Strathmore High School and Northern Illinois University. The courses he taught included rhetoric, literature and philosophy in the humanities. Full show notes can be found as always at


36: Thomas Nichols

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 the Harvard Extension School, and a former aide in the U.S. Senate. He is also the author of several works on foreign policy and international security affairs, including The Sacred Cause, No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security, Eve of...


35: Alex & Matt

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


34: Lynne Kelly

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 techniques. We delved into the contents of her book as well as the practical applications she found for these ancient skills. Full show notes are available at


33: Gabe Weatherhead

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 apps and the costs of social media. As always, check out show notes at


32: Belle Beth Cooper

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. Full show notes are available at


31: J. Kael Weston

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 Secretary of State's Medal for Heroism. You can follow his work at Show notes for this episode are available at


30: Deb Chachra

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).


29: Gills Club

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 about the outreach and education events they offer. We also get into a little bit about the funding of research on sharks and the latest kinds of research methods.


28: Matthew Cassel

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 recent work was a six-part documentary film about Syrian refugees making the trek to Europe which has been featured in the New Yorker. Show notes are available, as always, at


27: K. Anders Ericsson

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 discuss how writers and researchers might put some of his insights into practice. Full show notes are available at


26: Alex Mullen

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 training to improve his memory after reading Joshua Foer’s book, Moonwalking with Einstein. Shownotes can be found at


25: Marou Chocolate

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. Show notes are available at


24: Ben Anderson

Our guest this week is Ben Anderson, a British journalist, television reporter, and writer. A winner of the Foreign Press Award, he has produced documentaries for numerous television outlets throughout his career, and currently works for VICE. He also wrote “No Worse Enemy” based on his reporting of the war in Afghanistan, and his documentary films are available online. Show notes are available at


23: Beeminder

Matt is back this week! Our guests this week are Bethany Soule and Daniel Reeves of They’re a husband and wife team that have put together a productivity app that thousands of people use regularly to track their performance towards their goals. Show notes are available at


22: Jonathan Brown

Our guest this week is Jonathan Brown, an Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in places such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia, India and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007), Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld,...


21: Lion Kimbro

Our guest this week is someone who has done a lot of thinking about notes and note-taking. Lion Kimbro now works at Pokemon but he has written chapters in books on note-taking as well as his own book, entitled “How to Make a Complete Map of Every Thought You Think”. I first read his book a couple of years ago and think about it fairly regularly. I changed a number of things relating to how I take notes since reading it through and I thought getting him to come on the show would be a unique...


20: Stephen Krashen

Our guest this week is Stephen Krashen, an academic, linguist, and educational theorist who has been active on the front lines of the academic and media debate about how people learn languages, how children are taught in the United States and the on the value of reading. He is professor emeritus at the University of Southern California and has published over 480 papers and books. Full show notes and links to everything we talked about in the show are available at


19: Naheed Mustafa

Our guest this week is Naheed Mustafa, a freelance writer and award-winning broadcaster based in Toronto. She has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Canada for a variety of international publications. She is also a prolific twitter user and (for those who already know Naheed on twitter), author of the #commuterchronicles. Full show notes are available at


18: Will McCants

Our guest this week is Will McCants, a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University and has served in government and think tank positions related to Islam, the Middle East and terrorism, including as State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism. He is the author of "Founding Gods, Inventing Nations: Conquest and...


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