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Countdown to excitement! Every week Christina Warren, Brianna Wu and Simone de Rochefort have accelerated geek conversation. Tech, comics, movies, games and books, no galaxy is off limits!



Latest Episodes

#292: Sick of the Slab

August 13th, 2020 · 47 minutes

Microsoft declares war on Simone by launching a "sexy" phone, and Uber and Lyft are forced to appeal a California judge's decision. Plus, did Christina unbox her gamer chair?

#291: Big Decisions

August 6th, 2020 · 58 minutes

There are NEW MACS and a lot of government-type developments in the world of tech. TikTok is potentially being bought by Microsoft and Christina has NO COMMMENT, and also a post-mortem of last week's antitrust hearings. Finally, we've tried Raycons!

#290: Adrienne Lawrence and Olivia Solon

July 30th, 2020 · 57 minutes

Today on Rocket we have two special guests! First up, Adrienne Lawrence tells us about her vital book, Staying In The Game. Then Olivia Solon is on to tell us about her latest story for NBC about Instagram’s algorithmic moderation unfairly affecting users perceived to be Black. Tune in!

#289: Henry Cavill Builds His Own Gaming PC

July 23rd, 2020 · 66 minutes

A big update on Twitter's disastrous hack AND new chips from AMD? We're so spoiled. Plus, find out what headphones Simone got!

#288: Bluecheck Blues

July 16th, 2020 · 58 minutes

Well, Twitter is exploding this week, with many high-profile accounts hacked in a bitcoin scam. Meanwhile, TikTok is being vaguely menaced by corporations and governments the world over. And finally, video games?

#287: Misinformation!!

July 9th, 2020 · 58 minutes

We have Nina Jancowicz, the author of a book on misinformation campaigns, talking about how the United States can save itself! Then, the Clubhouse meltdown, you knew we had to cover it. Finally, the case for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

#286: BAN TOWN!

July 2nd, 2020 · 67 minutes

In an extra-long episode, we cover how many social media platforms are finally bringing down the banhammer; meanwhile, Apple keeps stepping in it with developers, most recently with changes to Apple Arcade. Then we bring on a special guest to talk about the most important story of the day: ridiculous YouTube drama.

#285: Farewell, Mac Apps

June 25th, 2020 · 62 minutes

It's time for WWDC news!! But first, an update on the saga of Hey and the App Store. Don't worry, we have plenty to say about ARM-based Mac chips and the new MacOS.

#284: Hey hey hey

June 18th, 2020 · 65 minutes

David Heinemeier Hansson joins us to discuss Basecamp's new email app Hey, their rejection from the App Store over in-app purchases, and the EU's antitrust case against Apple.

#283: Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

June 11th, 2020 · 62 minutes

The potential future of ARM Macs, the potential future of 230, and the past of CrossFit.