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Tracking Changes in Media: VCRs and CDs

While the audio cassette was changing the music industry, the videocassette was wreaking havoc with Hollywood. And a new player, a CD player, was in the wings waiting.

Making Media Personal: Mix Tapes

The development of the magnetic recording process changed the entertainment industry. In this episode, we look at the rise of tape, including the 8-track and the compact cassette.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes on Autopilot

Who invented autopilot? How can autopilot maintain control of an airplane? What happens if the autopilot system fails? Join Chris and Jonathan as they answer these questions and more in this episode of TechStuff.

Media Madness: TV Challenges Film

In the second part on our series of media and tech, we look at how the rise of television forced the film industry to change. We also learn about the rise of cable television and the further evolution of the recording industry.

Media and You: From Records to Film

In this first episode in a series, we look at how media, business and consumption has changed as technology has evolved, starting with early records and film.

TechStuff Classic: Tech’s Biggest Acquisition Stories

What were some of the most successful tech acquisitions? Which acquisitions failed to make any headway? How much did each user of Broadcast.com cost Yahoo? Learn more about tech acquisitions with Chris and Jonathan.

RERUN: Hacking for Dollars

It's time for another classic episode. In this one, Shannon Morse of Hak5 joins the show to talk about how hackers make a living by slinging code around.

RERUN: What was Web 2.0?

In this classic episode, we look back at the concept of Web 2.0. What did it really mean? Why were sites that followed a Web 2.0 philosophy more likely to survive? 

TechStuff Classic: The Internet of Things

What is the Internet of things? What sort of devices could be linked to the Internet? Could the Internet of things eliminate privacy? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore a future wherein common objects may communicate with the internet.


A couple of years ago, a facility made headlines when it detected a previously theoretical phenomena, that of gravitational waves. This classic episode explains how it worked.

Turboencabulators and Technobabble

Is your panametric fan misaligned? Are the hydrocoptic marzelanes rattling around? TechStuff dives into the odd world of the Turbo Encabulator and technobabble!

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Conjures Up Brian Brushwood

How did Brian get his start in stage magic? What is the Afterlyfe.me project? How do the worlds of technology and stage magic overlap? Join Chris and Jonathan as they interview Brian Brushwood.

RERUN: How Solar Towers Work

What are solar towers? How do they generate electricity? What's the future of solar power?

The Spotify Story

Where did Spotify come from and how did it change the way we listen to music? In this episode, we look at the origin and evolution of Spotify.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Counts Some Number Stations

What is a number station? What is shortwave radio? What could these numbers mean? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan dive into the murky, mysterious world of number stations.

The Facebook Privacy Problem

On March 6, 2019, Mark Zuckerberg published a long essay about privacy and social media. Does this indicate a change in philosophy for Facebook or is something else going on?

What is WebAuthn

The W3C and FIDO recently adopted the WebAuthn specification as a standard. What is WebAuthn, and will it replace passwords?

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff  Looks at Ballistics

How can you determine if a gun fired a particular bullet? What is rifling? How do forensics experts test weapons? Join Jonathan and Chris as they draw a bead on ballistics.

TechStuff Flies on the Concorde

From 1976 until 2003, the Concorde provided a fast option for air travel if you happened to have enough cash for a ticket. How does supersonic air travel work and what happened to Concorde?

What is 5G?

The future is 5G. So what the heck is 5G? It's a big, confusing topic but by the end of this episode you'll understand it.