The Conversation Retired

The Conversation

A talk show featuring discussions with special guests, the latest tech and development news, and your calls.

Hosted by Dan Benjamin.

#20: Visual Thinking

June 17, 2010 at 5:00AM • 1 hour 5 minutes • Computer Video

Dan Benjamin is joined by "Dave Gray":, "Sunni Brown":, and "Mike Rohde": to discuss visual thinking, visual note-taking, and the "doodle revolution." They discuss how something as simple as a drawing can change how we communicate concepts and ideas more directly, and how this is beginning to change how people to business.

Special guest Sunni Brown.

#19: UFOs, Bigfoot, Ghosts, and Milk

June 16, 2010 at 3:33PM • 46 minutes • Computer Video

Dan Benjamin talks about UFOs, Loch Ness, Bigfoot, ghosts, and conspiracy theories with skeptic "Maggie McFee": and "true believer" "Jason Seifer": (my co-host on two other 5by5 shows).

#18: WWDC 2010 - The Funhouse

June 9, 2010 at 2:13PM • 48 minutes • Computer Video

Dan Benjamin is joined by Dan Moren of "Macworld": and David Nanian of "Shirt Pocket": to discuss Apple's WWDC conference, iOS, the iPhone 4, Safari 5, and more.

Special guests Dan Moren & Dave Nanian.

#17: Smoke Monsters All The Way Down

May 24, 2010 at 3:45PM • 45 minutes • Computer Video

In this special episode, Dan Benjamin bids farewell to LOST with special guests "Jason Snell of Macworld":, "Derek Powazek": of "Fray":, and "Ryan Irelan": of "Happy Cog West":

LOST spoilers ahead! Don't listen unless you've seen the finale.

Special guests Jason Snell & Ryan Irelan.

#16: iValve

May 19, 2010 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute • Computer Video

Dan Benjamin talks with Gabe Newell and Jason Mitchell of "Valve": and John Siracusa of "Ars Technica": about Steam for the Mac, embracing customers and modders, building cross-platform games, release schedules, and how Valve is approaching developing games for the Mac community.

This is an especially geeky episode.

Special guests John Siracusa & Gabe Newell.

#15: Scratching The Itch

May 12, 2010 at 4:00PM • 57 minutes • Computer Video

Dan Benjamin talks with Matt Tanase (co-founder of "Slicehost": and now "DevStructure":, Troy Davis (co-founder of "Sevenscale": and "Cloudvox":, and Garrett Dimon (creator of "Sifter": about starting, growing, and selling startups.

Special guest Garrett Dimon.

#14: h.what?

May 6, 2010 at 4:24PM • 50 minutes • Computer Video

Dan Benjamin is joined by "Christina Warren": of "Mashable": and "Nilay Patel of Engadget": to discuss the issues surrounding h.264.

They talk about the differences between consumers, creators and distributors (and how that line has been blurred), the patent minefield that exists in all codecs (but might be unknown in Ogg), the realities of the licensing structure, what VP8 means, and how it all really affects end-users.

Special guests Christina Warren & Nilay Patel.

#13: Is It Done Yet?

April 28, 2010 at 4:15PM • 56 minutes • Computer Video

When is an application or design actually done? Dan Benjamin talks with "Cameron Moll":, "Faruk Ates":, and "Garrett Dimon": about design and the software development process, and how it differs when it's your project vs. client work. We also discuss the way that new devices like the iPad are changing the way we code and design, and more.

Special guest Faruk Ates.

#12: The Gizmodo/iPhone Thing

April 21, 2010 at 3:10PM • 53 minutes

In this special, impromptu episode, Dan talks with two great minds in the Apple world, "Andy Ihnatko": of the "Chicago Sun Times": and "John Gruber of Daring Fireball": about the intriguing Gizmodo acquisition of a pre-release iPhone, and the implications, legal and otherwise, for Gizmodo, Apple, and online journalism as a whole.

The Gizmodo team was invited but declined to participate in this podcast.

#11: No Regrets

April 21, 2010 at 9:39AM • 1 hour 9 minutes • Computer Video

Dan Benjamin talks with "Merlin Mann": and "Jane Quigley": of "Powered": about the publishing tweets in a recent book (recently pulled from Amazon), the world of marketing, how humans relate to technology (like Apple's iPad), how kids master tech, and more.

Special guest Merlin Mann.