Ben, Ben and Blue

Ben, Ben and Blue
A podcast by Grant Sanderson, Ben Eater and Ben Stenhaug about education, technology, and whatever else comes to mind.

#15: The origins of Ben Eater
May 8, 2018 • 56 min
In the middle of a discussion that was meant to be about computer networking, we ended up diving into Eater’s full career trajectory. Stenhaug and I (Grant) were so fascinated by this that we decided to just pull that whole section of the…
#14: Color
Apr 17, 2018 • 56 min
A discussion of color vision, reflections on the internet’s most talked-about dress, and the design choices of using color in content. Notes Jamie Wong’s fantastic post “From Hexcodes to Eyeballs” Study on how the Russian language influences…
#13: Mindsets
Mar 2, 2018 • 45 min
Our take on some of the discussions and work done around mindsets, particularly in the context of math education. Notes Carol Dweck and her book Mindset Jo Boaler, her book Mathematical Mindset, and her…
#12: 3Blue1Brown Q&A #2
Jan 9, 2018 • 60 min
The second Q&A session for 3blue1brown. We chose the questions that we thought made for the best discussion, which includes whether or not a knack for math is innate, favorite improv games, whether IT will always be an industry approachable to…
#11: Poker and serious teaching
Jan 1, 2018 • 70 min
After chatting about playing poker together and debriefing about having Jason Fullen on the podcast, Stenhaug asks Eater and Grant if they have ever considered being teachers in a more formal setting. Where to connect with us - Discuss this…
#10: The case against Net Neutrality?
Dec 14, 2017 • 47 min
Everyone seems to want net neutrality, yet it remains a contentious issue. Is pure evil the only reason anyone would oppose it, or is it a bit more nuanced? Where to connect with us - Discuss this episode on Reddit - Twitter…
#9: Boots on the ground middle school math teaching, with Jason Fullen
Dec 11, 2017 • 78 min
We’re joined by Jason Fullen, an Ohio middle school vice principal, who shares some of his experiences with the constraints that he and his school’s teachers are faced with in trying to structure math classes. Where to connect with us - Discuss this…
#8: Credentials
Nov 25, 2017 • 63 min
What value does a college degree hold? And to the extent that an elite university degree does provide some special benefit to its holder, is it a value that could hypothetically be made universal, or is it intrinsic to the exclusivity…
#7: What is the goal of education?
Nov 7, 2017 • 76 min
A conversation centered on David Labaree’s paper ”Public Goods, Private Goods: The American Struggle Over Educational Goals”, as well as a few of our own views on what the goal of education should be. Enjoying these episodes? Consider a…
#6: What’s next for Ben Eater?
Oct 20, 2017 • 58 min
Ben Eater is nearing the end of his epic series on how to build your own computer from scratch, which raises the natural question, what’s next? This leads to a general discussion about the goals of our content, what we think about while…
#5: Plans to flip a class
Oct 7, 2017 • 60 min
Ben Stenhaug is back in the classroom! We have fun talking about his plan for how to run a small 1 unit course introducing a few data science tools to grad students. Where to connect with us - Discuss this episode on…
#4: Randomness and GTD
Sep 21, 2017 • 56 min
As an experiment, after recording episode 3 we decided to simply record a completely unstructured conversation–whatever happened to be on our minds in that moment. Among other things, this included the finicky nature of podcasts, checklists,…
#3: Wait, why are you guys making videos?
Sep 21, 2017 • 67 min
Ben Stenhaug calls out Grant and Eater on the fact that they spent all of episode 2 talking about how people don’t learn from lectures, but they create videos which are basically lectures. Compare this to episode 4 and leave us some feedback on what…
#2: Lecturing=Bloodletting, so why are we still doing it?
Sep 3, 2017 • 78 min
There’s clearly some gravity towards a lecture-based classroom structure, even though we now know that this is not the best way for students to learn. Here we discuss what the sources of that inertia might be. More from Ben Ben and Blue…
#1: 3Blue1Brown Q&A
Aug 22, 2017 • 64 min
Grant Sanderson and Ben Eater (sadly Ben Stenhaug was away) discuss questions posted for a 3blue1brown Q&A. Links for channels mentioned: - Looking glass universe - Welch Labs