Pragmatic

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101 iTunes Ratings (4.8 Av)
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Pragmatic

Pragmatic is a discussion show contemplating the practical application of technology. Exploring the real world trade offs we look at how great ideas are transformed into products and services that can change our lives. Nothing is as simple as it seems.


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Total Listening Time: 5 days, 15 hours, 9 minutes and 13 seconds.

Selected iTunes Reviews
Zri
Well worth a listen

Excellent podcast with a really nice focus on the practical consequences of technology. It’s well researched and John Chidgey has a very thorough and well structured style while also being easy to listen to. Check it out.

berodrigues
Learning Experience

You can learn a lot of incredibly interesting things with this podcast. John is obviously very passionate about the topics covered, and there's a lot or preparation involved on his part. So thanks and thumbs up.

beezee05
One of the best!

One of the most well prepared, well researched podcasts. Always came away feeling like I learned something with every episode.

nam oidua
Informative and accessible.

These two cover lots of complex topics, but it’s never over my head. There’s something to be said about a podcast that can captivate you with a topic you didn’t think you were interested in. Kudos, gentlemen.

DarkJC
Great show!

This show is fantastic for anyone who is interested in an in depth look at the technology we use and take for granted daily. I was hooked from the first episode, great work!

Uthaym
Move over Siracusa

Love the show. Gives me everything that the "old Siracusa" (circa 5by5 era) did and then some!

cajun on rails
Eloquent. Enlightening. Entertaining.

This podcast is a real treat for anyone interested in technology. John has a knack for concisely explaining technologies and concepts that most people struggle to communicate or even understand. You can tell that he puts in a lot of effort to prepare each episode.

Protactinium1234
So good

Great show. John has a great voice for podcasting and his breadth of knowledge is impressive. Very educational!

anttti
Excellent, in-depth podcast about tech

If you loved Hypercritical, this is the show for you. Super!

pitouthestar
Both entertaining and enriching

One of my new favorite podcasts. John is incredibly knowledgable about the topics he tackles and his passion is contagious. Time flies by and you learn a whole lot with every episode.

Maxim Harper
Just Fantastic

An analogy to describe this Podcast would be a broader Hypercritical (if you’re familiar with Siracusa), covering practical technology as a whole (rather than just Computing & Gaming specifics). Chidgey really knows his stuff as an engineer, structuring his discussion exquisitely and providing great follow up. Highly recommended.

JPC_pt
How things are thought and made to work

Great podcast for anyone who wants to know how the things around us are made to work. The presenters are knowledgeable on what they are talking about. This show reminds of Siracusa’s “Hypercritical” but about technology and engineering.

Jason Tate
Learn Something New Every Time

One of my favorite podcasts to listen to each week. The obviously well researched and knowledgeable host does a great job of making even complex topics fun to listen to and engaging. Highly recommended.

hldomingue
Thorough and Engaging

Absolutely love this podcast. The way John and his guests break down topics is fascinating, and I find I am always learning something new and interesting. I highly recommend this podcast for anyone who is curious not only about technology, but also the history and evolution of it. Even if you only listen to shows covering topics in your wheelhouse, it will be worth your while.

micktravis
Fascinating

Really interesting and completely engaging, this podcast is like a high-end explainer for everything tech-related.

Isaac Case
Wonderful new podcast

I love the amount of background and detail that John goes through. He really goes into great depth to make sure that the topic is well understood. I really appreciate the broad range of topics discussed. I also appreciate that John often tries to explain why tech decisions were made not just the results.

jed h.
Way better than a college lecture

Pragmatic is an extremely insightful podcast with very intelligent hosts. I've listened to every episode, and each of them have provided me with at least a dozen new/practical pieces of information. Anyone who wants a brief overview of a wide range of tech topics should really give this podcast a listen.

Granvilled
A Gem

This podcast is a rarity. It delivers fresh, diverse, well-researched, and entertainingly delivered content week after week. Chidgey's enthusiasm and thoroughness are truly contagious. The highest compliment I can give is to admit that I invested in better hearing protection because of John Chidgey. :-)

Zac Szewczyk
One of the best

If you liked John Siracusa’s incredibly in-depth approach to topics on Hypercritical, you will love Pragmatic: John Chidgey and Ben Alexander take topics from the iPhone to energy consumption and pick them apart in more detail than I would have ever thought possible. I’ve learned more from this show in the last two and a half months than from two semesters in college; I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

apulianas
Extremely interesting topics

As an engineer myself, I really appreciate listening to this podcast and learning more about technologies I have not read up on. The show talks about the trade offs of design which is the essence of engineering.

Selected Tweets

Latest Episode

Episode 95: FOSS Social

16 August, 2019

Free Open Source Software is at the heart of the Federated Social revolution that’s gathering momentum. David Chartier joins John to walk through where we are in that journey so far, the current players, the current challenges and value of having multiple social-network options.

With David Chartier and John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen, John Whitlow, Joseph Antonio and Kevin Koch.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.

Episode 94: Photography

21 June, 2019

If you want to take the best possible picture, far better than a smartphone will ever be able to, where do you begin? John is joined by Clay Daly to walk through the details of modern digital photography, the pitfalls, the misconceptions and the reasons you should consider it if you haven’t.

With Clay Daly and John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen, John Whitlow and Joseph Antonio.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


With a growing number of device categories and devices within them, it can be hard to pick what devices from what category will meet your needs. Jason Snell joins John to try to determine what the optimal interface is for what use case you might need and where technology is heading.

With Jason Snell and John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen and John Whitlow.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


Episode 92: Espresso

22 March, 2019

Following on the Pragmatic Coffee journey, Miha joins to discuss every detail behind the Espresso coffee and how to make the best shot you can.

With Miha Rekar and John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen and John Whitlow.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


Episode 91: Zelda

25 February, 2019

John Siracusa returns to Pragmatic to discuss everything Zelda related, with a focus on Breath of the Wild and how so many established Zelda gameplay rules were thrown out the window with resounding success.

With John Siracusa and John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen and John Whitlow.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


Episode 90: Agile

25 January, 2019

Waterfall development is being overtaken Agile and in only two decades its popularity continues to grow. Casey Liss weighs in on the pros and cons of Agile while we look at where it’s best to use it and what can help to make Agile work.

With Casey Liss and John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen and John Whitlow.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


Acknowledgements
  • Intro music for all episodes credit to Ludwig Van Beethoven: Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59 and Bia 515) “Für Elise” performed in 2000 by John Chidgey on my beloved K. Kawai GE-1A that I no longer have (SOB)
  • Outro music to Markus Kaarlonen from his original MOD file SpaceDeb.MOD