Winning Slowly

Winning Slowly
A weekly podcast by Chris Krycho and Stephen Carradini, offering thoughtful commentary on trends in culture, technology, religion, ethics, and art. Releases Tuesdays at 7am Eastern time.
[Bonus] Fall 2016 Lecture (B)
Dec 28, 2016 • 42 min
Stephen gave his students a change of pace by having Chris deliver a guest lecture on podcasting. This lecture was recorded immediately before delivering 5.07: Books, the Internet, and Homeless People (Live at N.C. State).
[Bonus] Fall 2016 Lecture (A)
Dec 28, 2016 • 40 min
Stephen gave his students a change of pace by having Chris deliver a guest lecture on podcasting. This lecture was recorded immediately before delivering 5.05: “Faint Not” (Live at N.C. State).
5.09: Regulate All The Things!
Nov 29, 2016 • 30 min
Negative / Visible / Legal: regulations and the open internet Show Notes We look at internet policy and regulations as a view into the broader question of the relationship between government regulations and markets. Are all regulations harmful to the free…
[Follow-up] 5.08b: On Andrew Jackson
Nov 28, 2016 • 3 min
At the end of 5.08 we made an offhand joke about Andrew Jackson. On further consideration, that joke wasn’t funny: it missed some *incredibly* important realities. We got this wrong.
5.08: Empathy is Hard Work
Nov 15, 2016 • 30 min
Reflections on the necessity, and the limitations, of empathy in light of the 2016 American election cycle Show Notes In the wake of the surprising outcome of the 2016 American presidential election, we talk about how we do politics going forward. In…
5.07: Books, The Internet, and Homeless People
Nov 1, 2016 • 25 min
Positive / Invisible / Legal (Organized): public libraries and the common good Show Notes We talk *libraries*. Why? Because public libraries are *awesome*. They’re on of the few unalloyed successes in social experiments. They do good in a wide array of…
5.06: Ghost of a King
Oct 18, 2016 • 48 min
Art, faith, how culture shapes and is shaped by us, and more in The Gray Havens’ latest album Show Notes Chris and Stephen have a wide-ranging conversation with Dave Radford of husband-and-wife folk-pop duo The Gray Havens about the value and purpose of…
5.05: “Faint Not”
Oct 4, 2016 • 25 min
Negative / Invisible / Legal (Organized): civil forfeiture and entrenched legal evil Show Notes We take on civil forfeiture. The short version: we _hate_ it. It’s a wicked injustice and we think it ought to be fought, and fought hard. (If you want to hear…
5.04: Stuffy, Boring, Old, Lame
Sep 20, 2016 • 29 min
Positive / Visible / Social (Organized): orchestras and the question of “public goods” Show notes We talk about orchestras, ask whether financial viability is a guide to the health or importance of particular institutions (hint: Betteridge’s Law), and…
5.03: It’s Not Like Uber
Sep 13, 2016 • 28 min
In which we look at Facebook… but not like we ever have before. Why are people starting to turn *off* Facebook, and what social pressures are arising from that? How do social pressures of this sort work, and what kinds of changes do they affect? *…
5.02: Playing Monopoly: Never Okay
Aug 23, 2016 • 29 min
Negative → Positive / Visible / Legal → Social: marijuana legalization and how systems change. Show Notes Marijuana legalization is happening in various states in the United States. How does that kind of change fit into the system we’ve devised for…
[Bonus] Apologia
Aug 18, 2016 • 1 min
5.01: A Ph.D.-Level Math Problem
Aug 9, 2016 • 25 min
Structures and systems, agency and individuals: three axes (and a sub-axis) for thinking about the world we live in. Show Notes We introduce our system for thinking about the “structure/agency” or “systems and individuals” problem: how do the systems and…
4.14: This Money Might Be Illegal
Apr 20, 2016 • 32 min
We use the Panama Papers as a jumping-off point to sum up the season and talk about: - the alleged flatness of the world - the possibilities of both globalization and localization - the twin dangers of imperialism and parochialism - the ways that growing…
4.13: We Live in a Different Culture Than the Bible
Apr 14, 2016 • 29 min
The global nature of Christianity and the beauty of many cultures practicing the same faith Show Notes We look at how Christianity is changing as it shifts from being heavily Western to being far more global (as it was in its birth). What new things might…
4.12: Five Years of Facepalming (Live at NC State)
Apr 5, 2016 • 35 min
The EU and internet law—monopolies, copyright, taxing, freedom of speech, and learning from each other. Show Notes In this second of two episodes recorded live at NC State (with a different class of students), we tackle the European Union’s approach to…
4.11: How People Read C.S. Lewis (Live at NC State)
Mar 29, 2016 • 37 min
Art, protest, and propaganda—in the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and in general Show Notes In the first of two episodes recorded live at NC State, we tackle the challenges posed by protest art. When does art cross a line and become morally reprehensible?…
4.10: The Ancient Wisdom of Usenet
Mar 22, 2016 • 28 min
Populism, social media, and wisdom in when, how, and where to (dis)engage with people you disagree with. Show Notes There’s a wave of populism sweeping the world. Twitter and Facebook are some of the epicenters of the new populism. How should we think…
4.09: We’re Idealist Realists
Mar 15, 2016 • 29 min
The Syrian refugee crisis, the difference between refugees and general immigration, and hard choices for nation-states Show Notes We discuss the problems that face major nation-states trying to respond to the massive refugee crisis in Europe. We also look…
4.08: A Ghost in Singapore
Mar 8, 2016 • 36 min
John O’Nolan on Ghost, Singapore, international commerce, and giving the benefit of the doubt Show Notes We invite Ghost cofounder John O’Nolan on the show to talk about Ghost’s reincorporation in Singapore, what that means for them as a non-profit, and…
4.07: A Muscle-Flexing Flyby
Mar 1, 2016 • 29 min
War, the modern nation-state, and an end to “the end of history” Show Notes We talk about nation-states, war, hopes of permanent peace and how “the end of history” and the notion of fewer major wars is likely a pipe dream. But also, how to think about…
4.06: Kickstarting a Hyperlocal Super-Farm
Feb 16, 2016 • 28 min
Money flow in a global economy and the complex interplay between globalization, regionalism, and local economies. Previously on the Show - 4.03: The Podcast Awakens—in which we talked about global fandoms specifically in the context of _Star Wars_ - 3.12:…
4.05: The Price of Democracy
Feb 9, 2016 • 32 min
The necessity and the limitations of gradualism, incrementalism, and compromise in politics. We dive back into the deep end with a discussion of the necessity and challenge of compromise in the political realm. How do we work steadily but slowly toward…
4.04: But Was It a Good Movie?
Feb 2, 2016 • 29 min
The Force Awakens, defining artistic goodness, and expressing worldview in cinema, literature, and music. Following up on our previous conversation about _The Force Awakens_, this week we look at what makes art _good_, especially in the context of film.…
4.03: The Podcast Awakens
Jan 28, 2016 • 29 min
Star Wars, global fandom, and, well… geeking out about Star Wars. We say a few serious things about the nature of global fandom, the relationship between art and brand awareness in large media properties, and the future of as large a property as _Star…
4.02: Helpiness
Jan 18, 2016 • 25 min
Helping is hard: global poverty, personal giving and service, and foreign policy. We pick up from our discussion of Facebook and last week to look at the broader questions we raised then: how do you help people well? It’s not enough to have…
4.01: Unambiguously Meh
Jan 12, 2016 • 29 min
Facebook,, and the intersection of business and benevolence.
3.15: Smorgasbord, Part II
Nov 3, 2015 • 30 min
A preview of things to come: the structure/agency problem, globalization, and owning your own content. We wrap up our third full season with another “lightning round”, talking about the structure/agency and tech accessibility, globalization, and owning…
3.14: Smorgasbord, Part I
Oct 27, 2015 • 30 min
Venture capitalism, online classes, the ethics of algorithms, tracking people at work, and transparency in business. We start wrapping up Season 3, tackling five topics that one or the other of us wanted to talk about but couldn’t get the other one all…
3.13: Inevitable? (Live at NC State)
Oct 20, 2015 • 26 min
Self-driving cars, the limits of technology, and the tension between the personal and the communal. Talking about self-driving cars and the tensions between public safety and personal responsibility, and between technological possibility and cultural…
3.12: Hungarian Folk Music
Oct 15, 2015 • 30 min
Musical subcultures and listeners and artists not well-served by the iTunes, Spotify, GraceNotes world we live in. If you listen to Hungarian folk music, or classical music, or recordings of live shows, or obscure bands, then the (otherwise pretty decent)…
3.11: Augustine’s Podcast
Oct 6, 2015 • 31 min
Social circles on- and offline and differences between our embodied and virtual selves. We talk about how we present ourselves on social media: what happens as we present different aspects of ourselves over time? How do we manage those changes? How does…
3.10: Saying “Enough”
Sep 22, 2015 • 30 min
Phones, technological determinism, Christian ethics, and life in community. We start talking about phones again, and this time manage not to veer off into talking about robots. On the other hand, we do end up talking about a broad Christian ethic of…
3.09: Many Beautiful Things
Sep 15, 2015 • 42 min
In which we spend some time talking with Ryan O’Neal of Sleeping at Last about his soundtrack for the film Many Beautiful Things, and then branch out to discuss business and distribution models for artists in the 21st century. Music * All music from Many…
3.08: Juice up the Weird Edges of the Ecosystem
Sep 8, 2015 • 29 min
In which we start by looking at how to think about buying new phones… And then pivot into a discussion of major economic transitions. Like robots. Links * Carriers dropping subsidies: * “T-Mobile faces war of words after killing subsidies, contracts”…
3.07: One Size Does Not Fit All
Sep 1, 2015 • 30 min
In which we quite aggressively tackle Amazon’s corporate treatment of its workers, and launch into a discussion of corporate ethics and responsibility. We also note that though we critique Amazon’s practices, we recognize that it has good effects in the…
3.06: SPACE!
Aug 25, 2015 • 27 min
These are the voyages of the starship Winning Slowly…
[Bloopers] 3.05: You Have Agency. Use It.
Aug 18, 2015 • 4 min
Things were… messy this episode.
3.05: You Have Agency. Use It.
Aug 18, 2015 • 28 min
‘The Web We Have to Save’—hyperlinks, the stream, algorithms, and human responsibility.
3.04: Mom Memes
Aug 11, 2015 • 29 min
Generational shifts in social media and the diversifying web.
3.03: Look In Your Soul
Aug 4, 2015 • 29 min
Adultery, hacking, blackmail, and trying to be Batman on the internet.
3.02: The Ad-Driven Web, Part II
Jul 28, 2015 • 30 min
The responsibilities of consumers, producers, and advertisers on the modern web
3.01: The Ad-Driven Web, Part I
Jul 21, 2015 • 31 min
Denny’s, Newspapers, Native Advertising, and Vicious Cycles
2.15: Metapodcasting
May 12, 2015 • 24 min
Show Notes Chris and Stephen reflect on Season 2: what did we talk about, what have we learned, why do we take breaks, and what changes can you expect for Season 3? For that matter, when is Season 3 coming? And what in the world is the difference between…
2.14: Starbucks University
May 4, 2015 • 31 min
Chris and Stephen take three recent articles about the super-structure of how our society pays for college and scrutinize the issue. How does American society value what college delivers? (What does it deliver?) How do we fund it? Should we fund it? We…
2.13: A Disputation of Theses
Apr 29, 2015 • 27 min
Chris and Stephen do something different this week and read Alan Jacobs’ 79 Theses on Technology (For Disputation) as an oral presentation. We throw in some thoughts at the end, thereby jumping into the conversation ourselves. But mostly we give Alan…
2.12: In the Meanwhile
Apr 21, 2015 • 29 min
Chris and Stephen give three cheers for Dan Price, who voluntarily cut his own pay and raised the pay of his employees to a minimum of $70K a year. We discuss the nature of money, income inequality, how we can fix problems in non-governmental ways…
2.11: Encoding Quality: Potato
Apr 14, 2015 • 30 min
Chris and Stephen note the launch of Tidal with some skepticism, then contrast the service with what could be considered Tidal’s polar opposite: YouTube. We look at the international aspects of music distribution, and think about how youth factor in to…
2.10: So You’ve Been Hacked
Apr 7, 2015 • 31 min
Chris and Stephen use the news of communications tool Slack’s recent hacking incident to discuss the nature of digital security. Along the way we make a plea for candy, claim that almost all companies are digital companies now, offer some security tips to…
2.09: Hi, We’re the Internet
Apr 2, 2015 • 31 min
Chris and Stephen use Chris’s first two ridesharing experiences as a jumping-off point to discuss services like Uber and Lyft from a host of angles: ethical, financial, technological, social, legal, and personal. Put on your seatbelts, folks: this one’s a…
2.08: More Than Thick or Thin
Mar 17, 2015 • 28 min
Chris and Stephen discuss the ethics of individual health, a complex and idiosyncratic problem if there ever was one. How do we be responsible stewards of our bodies? How do we think about activities and intakes in moral, ethical, deeply personal ways? We…
2.07: A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band
Mar 10, 2015 • 29 min
Chris and Stephen “review” Rich Mullins’ 1993 album A Liturgy, a Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band because it’s beautiful, thoughtful, and still relevant today. The music is still passionate, raw, and wild; the lyrics are still pensive, powerful, and…
2.06: The Ones- and Zeros-Sphere
Mar 3, 2015 • 31 min
In which we talk about how companies have to deal with the inherent leak-ability of digital media, especially things like movie trailers. How should Marvel respond to whoever leaked the first Age of Ultron trailer? Stephen and Chris have a friendly…
2.05: Beauty-Making
Feb 24, 2015 • 31 min
In which we ask: What exactly is art? Specifically, is photography art? But more generally, can anyone actually define art? How does the difficulty in defining art affect the makers of art, and why do people spend so much time trying to draw lines around…
2.04: Might Actually Be Iron Man
Feb 17, 2015 • 28 min
In which we ask: Is Elon Musk really Iron Man? (We have no evidence that he has a suit, but really, it seems like he should.) We reflect on how longer-term approaches are helping Tesla and SpaceX do things that few other companies are doing, how we hope…
2.03: Impervious Scale
Feb 10, 2015 • 30 min
In which we look at Zoë Keating’s ongoing kerfuffle with YouTube. Is YouTube strong-arming indie artists? Should megacorporations force all their clients—-customer and producer—-to fit in a one-size-fits-all setup, or should they take the long view and do…
2.02: Basketballs ≠ Pumpkins
Feb 3, 2015 • 34 min
Show Notes In which we talk about Marco Arment, Kirby Delauter, and the general phenomenon of things you say on the internet going viral (often when you least expect them to). How do you deal with the reality that your audience is never limited but may…
2.01: Take My Money Now!
Jan 27, 2015 • 28 min
Show Notes In which we discuss news app Circa, the value it provides in the rapidly evolving world of new journalism, and why we’re super sad about it. (Hint: it’s a Silicon Valley startup and you know what that means about its business model. Namely: as…
1.18: Keep On Keepin’ On
Nov 18, 2014 • 26 min
Show Notes In which we talk about iPhone cameras, long-term thinking in general—including the kind that lets you keep going even when no one in your lifetime gets what you’re doing—and finally some thoughts on the first (non-beta) season of Winning…
1.17: Love/Hate Relationship
Nov 11, 2014 • 25 min
Show Notes In which we talk about science journalism—the ways in which it is sometimes broken, the reasons why it ends up broken in those cases, and the responsibilities of scientists, scientific journalists, and the science-reading public in publishing…
1.16: Big and Shiny and Amazing
Nov 4, 2014 • 32 min
Show Notes In which we take a megachurch pastor’s resignation as a jumping off point for talking about individualism and community in the church, self-aggrandizement in the name of evangelism and church growth, and the danger of cults of personality, not…
1.15: Timelessishness
Oct 31, 2014 • 28 min
Show Notes In which we laugh our way through a podcast about the world’s greatest humor website: Why is it still funny? How does “funny” (of all things) manage to endure? What role does humor play in culture? How do things become…
1.14: Buying Me Off With Warm Fuzzies
Oct 21, 2014 • 30 min
Note: if you downloaded this episode before 8:45pm Eastern time on October 21, 2014, you should re-download it. Chris made an error in mixing it together, leading to his and Stephen’s audio being slightly out of sync for the entire episode (!), which has…
1.13: Hello Ello?
Oct 14, 2014 • 30 min
In which we talk about new social media player Ello (—some initial impressions, venture capital’s influence in Silicon Valley and its *distinctive* shape there vs. elsewhere, and thoughts on business model and communication. ◦ Intro (0:44)…
1.12: Political Appinations
Oct 7, 2014 • 26 min
Show Notes In which we start with a look at some really neat apps designed to ease political engagement in the United States and then branch out to talk about the limits of political engagement, the importance of valuing other forms of public life, and…
1.11: We Need Life Editors
Sep 23, 2014 • 27 min
Show Notes In which we geek out about Doctor Who… and do our best to say something meaningful about the necessity of people who can tell us what we’re getting wrong in life, and who can be strong where we have weaknesses. Correction We said only one…
1.10: Because Capitalism Yay!
Sep 16, 2014 • 27 min
Show Notes In which we talk about something Apple did this week… but not the thing they announced, and almost certainly not what you’d expect. Namely: the death of the iPod Classic: Apple’s oldest consumer product outside the Mac, and a veritable…
1.09: Kind of Like a Virus
Sep 9, 2014 • 28 min
Show Notes In which we talk about the recent celebrity nude selfies leak from just about every angle: the people who hijacked the photos, those who took the photos, the technology used to store the photos, and society at large. We talk about what…
1.08: How Victor Hugo Could Afford to Live
Sep 2, 2014 • 24 min
Show Notes In which we talk about the drive to publish all the time and the value of publishing more substantive content at a slower pace. We talk about the way the internet has driven us toward rapid-fire publishing models and how long-form and…
1.07: They Both Start With a T?
Aug 26, 2014 • 29 min
Show Notes In which we talk about Taylor Swift, Twitter, and changes in expectations. We admit that Chris is a Taylor Swift fan and that Stephen is a hipster. Then we get down to the business of talking about how these two changes differ both in messaging…
1.06: Rebuke Me Some People
Aug 19, 2014 • 31 min
Show Notes In which we discuss the necessity of extending charity to each other in our conversations, especially conversations on controversial issues. Springboarding from public/internet reactions to Christian musician Michael Gungor’s discussion of his…
1.05: Ars Moriendi
Aug 12, 2014 • 30 min
Warning: this episode touches on some very difficult topics, including both death in general and suicide in particular. If these are especially sensitive topics for you, we recommend you skip this episode. Maybe go back and listen to Superhero Movies!…
1.04: Superhero Movies!
Aug 5, 2014 • 29 min
# Show Notes In which we talk about superhero movies as context for dealing well and poorly with success and failure. And geek out about superhero movies. (Honestly, we mostly just geek out about superhero movies.) But along the way, we do note that DC,…
1.03: Disrupting All The Things
Jul 28, 2014 • 28 min
# Show Notes In which we look (rather critically) at the tech sphere’s tendency to assume everything not only can but should be disrupted. Snarky asides on smartwatches and smartshoes segue into a discussion of the necessity of humility and the importance…
1.02: On Family
Jul 22, 2014 • 32 min
# Show Notes In which we talk about one of the *longest* views: family. In particular, we look at the ways that all our pursuits—especially those having to do with family—force us to make choices about what we value most and to allocate our time…
1.01: Massive Emotional Contagion
Jul 15, 2014 • 30 min
# Show Notes We talk about Facebook’s much-discussed study of user responses to variations in their News Feed: what did Facebook do, exactly? Was it ethical? What responsibilities do users and consumers of different media (social included) have? What…
0.14: Deep in Their Bones
May 20, 2014 • 24 min
# Show Notes In which we talk about how watching companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook try to “pivot”—that is, attempting (and usually failing) to do something outside their core areas of competency—highlights the difficulty of institutional change…
0.13: Ten Thousandth Lightbulb
May 13, 2014 • 24 min
# Show Notes In which we talk about closing down, how even good business models do not guarantee successful businesses, and the future of paying for things on the internet—especially whether social media will ever be the kind of thing people are…
0.12: You’ll Never Guess What the Hosts Say in This Podcast!
May 6, 2014 • 22 min
# Show Notes In which we talk about headline-writing in general, click-bait headlines in particular, and why we don’t think that click-bait headlines are a “best practice”—or really a good thing at all. How these realities shape all sorts of discourse,…
0.11: Only Acceptable Cream Cheese
Apr 29, 2014 • 28 min
# Show Notes In which we tackle copyright (or left, as you like), barely touch on patents, and generally try to think about how to handle questions of intellectual property as consumers and creators thereof in the brave new world of digital economics and…
0.10: Can You Make A Baby Smile?
Apr 22, 2014 • 29 min
# Show Notes In which we talk about how anyone with a camera can be a “photographer,” anyone with a laptop can be a “musician,” anyone with a SquareSpace account can be a “designer,” and so on—-and how these things are both beautifully empowering and…
0.09: Humility, Please!
Apr 15, 2014 • 17 min
# Show Notes In which we take seventeen minutes (on the dot!) to have a really great time explaining why there was no Episode 0.08. Basically: because it ended up being terrible by dint of having completely gotten away from us. The net result: a lesson in…
0.07: Schrödinger’s Law
Apr 1, 2014 • 17 min
# Show Notes In which we talk about the Affordable Care Act and how implementation—both at a technological level and at a general political level—public perception, and policy combine in strange and surprising ways. ## Chapters - Intro and Overview (2:45)…
0.06: Romans: The Movie
Mar 25, 2014 • 32 min
# Show Notes In which we talk at length about art and the arts in the context of Christianity, taking the three religiously themed movies in theaters right now as our jumping off point. ## Chapters * God’s Not Dead (2:56–10:09) – propositions in movie…
0.05: With a “B”
Mar 18, 2014 • 23 min
# Show Notes In which we try out a 15-minute show format (and manage to run to 22 minutes, of course—-you’re not really surprised, are you?) on one topic: Kickstarter hitting a *billion* dollars funded. ## Chapters - Kickstart All The Things (0:40—13:57):…
0.04: Tell Me What To Do
Mar 11, 2014 • 42 min
# Show Notes In which we talk about what happens when people yell at each other about what they should and shouldn’t be writing, how musicians’ attitudes toward “making a career of it” seem to have shifted in the last few decades, and why not having a…
0.03: Echo Chamber
Feb 25, 2014 • 42 min
Show Notes In which we talk about how greedy pricing schemes an and will run you right out of business (by running you right out of customers), how the Ken Ham-Bill Nye debate raises questions about Christians in the public square, and how incredibly…
0.02: Do [Content] Right
Feb 11, 2014 • 45 min
In which we talk about doing “content” right—whether that content is streaming radio, books published by Christian pastors, or massive trade laws. * Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes Radio: thinking about the ups and downs of each service * Pastor-authors:…
0.01: We Need Some Context!
Jan 28, 2014 • 42 min
In which we talk about how context shapes (or should shape) our decisions regarding technology, with three big topics: * Christian author and former pastor John Piper and Pope Francis on Twitter * Google acquiring Nest and the ensuing internet freakout *…