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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.




Deep Learning with's Jeremy Howard

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 If you're inspired to give learning this skill a try, visit to learn more.


Teaching Programming with Matthias Felleisen

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 available at


Parsing Complexity with Zavain Dar

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 available at


Improving Counterterrorism with Stephen Tankel

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


Data Science with Eric Schles

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 onset of some of the recent onset of border wall discussions in the United States, Eric talked about some of the data-derived work he was doing to better monitor what was going on. We talk about some of the practical consequences of this work and ways...


Chris Lee: Learning Programming with Launch School

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.


Learning the Abacus with RightLobeMath

More -- main website / homepage Full show notes are available at:


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