The Critical Path

by 5by5

The Critical Path is a talk show contemplating the causality of success and failure in the evolving story of mobile computing and related industries. Using Apple as a lens to look at existing and emerging tech markets, we try to understand what it means to be great. Hosted by Horace Dediu, Anders Brownworth, and Judd Rubin.


Latest Episodes

235: Soft Power

Horace finally shares his thoughts on Ghostbusters and the uncanny valley, as well as Apple's place in China.

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Posted on 20 October 2019 | 8:00 pm

234: Subscription Culture

Horace reflects on his umbrage, and more!

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Posted on 29 September 2019 | 8:00 pm

233: Triumph of the Walled Garden

Horace shares his thoughts on Apple's fall show, takes some #CriticalQuestions and drops a pun, all without doing any damage to Judd's car.

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Posted on 14 September 2019 | 2:00 pm

232: Card of Attrition

Horace looks back on the dawn of the Apple Card age, considers how its adoption may differ outside of the US and tells us about his new wallet.

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Posted on 18 August 2019 | 4:00 pm

231: Persistence

Horace discusses AAPL earnings, a shift in perception and takes some wonderfully #CriticalQuestions.

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Posted on 4 August 2019 | 7:00 pm

230: Ex Machina: Are We There Yet? author Dan Albert

Historian and author Dan Albert joins Horace and Judd to discuss Dan's new book, Are We There Yet?, touching on the VW Beetle, non-capitalist Henry Ford and resisting technological determinism.

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Posted on 14 July 2019 | 11:00 pm

229: Sausage and Jony Ive

Horace reflects on Jony Ive's departure.

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Posted on 30 June 2019 | 3:30 pm

228: Killer Apps

Horace checks in from the Holiday Road, sharing his thoughts on WWDC, iPadOS, Mac Pro and The Army Way.

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Posted on 23 June 2019 | 7:00 pm

227: Ex Machina: Dynamite

High Explosives, why there isn’t a Nobel Prize in Mathematics and fan fiction from Horace.

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Posted on 1 June 2019 | 10:00 pm