Sources and Methods

Sources and Methods
Sources and Methods is a podcast hosted by Alex Strick and Matt Trevithick in which interesting people doing interesting things get to talk about the what, how and why of what they do.
37: Jim Wilcox
Oct 17, 2017 • 37 min
Matt talks life, philosophy and education with Jim Wilcox
36: Thomas Nichols
Jun 1, 2017 • 45 min
This week Matt speaks with Thomas Nichols, author of ‘The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters’. Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, an adjunct professor at the Har…
35: Alex & Matt
Jan 9, 2017 • 32 min
This is an inbetweenisode. There’s no guest, but we (Alex & Matt) had a conversation about the past year of podcast guests, some stuff we’ve been working on and what’s in store for 2017. Full show notes available at
34: Lynne Kelly
Jan 2, 2017 • 48 min
This week, we spoke with Lynne Kelly, author of ‘The Memory Code: The Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Other Ancient Monuments’, a fascinating exploration of the intersection between history, archaeological sleuthing and memory techniques. We d…
33: Gabe Weatherhead
Dec 25, 2016 • 83 min
Alex spoke with Gabe Weatherhead for this episode. We get into the weeds on DevonThink, an incredibly useful piece of database software. Gabe is best known as @macdrifter online (also check out We also talked about developing apps and …
32: Belle Beth Cooper
Nov 28, 2016 • 69 min
This week Alex spoke with Belle Beth Cooper, co-founder of Melbourne-based ‘Hello Code’. Belle works in iOS development and as a writer. Hello Code make useful services like, a website that shows you correlations from all your data. Full sh…
31: J. Kael Weston
Oct 27, 2016 • 78 min
Our guest this episode is Kael Weston. He represented the United States for more than a decade as a State Department official. Washington acknowledged his multi-year work in Fallujah with Marines by awarding him one of its highest honors, the Secretary…
30: Deb Chachra
Aug 25, 2016 • 70 min
This week I spoke with Deb Chachra from Olin College (USA). She teaches engineering but is interested in and writes on a wide variety of semi-related themes and projects (see show notes for more).
29: Gills Club
Aug 4, 2016 • 43 min
Our guest this week is Marianne Long, Education Director of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Co-Founder of the Gills Club. Marianne works to foster the engagement of young girls in the study of sharks, and I was curious to talk to her about the…
28: Matthew Cassel
Jun 24, 2016 • 64 min
Our guest this week is Matthew Cassel, an independent multimedia journalist and filmmaker based in Istanbul, Turkey. As a writer, photographer and videographer he has reported from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and beyond. His most recent work…
27: K. Anders Ericsson
Jun 14, 2016 • 56 min
This week we talk with Dr K. Anders Ericsson about his pioneering work advancing the science of expertise. Key question: how do we get better at specific skills and learning? We get into everything covered in his latest book, ‘Peak’, and discuss how wr…
26: Alex Mullen
May 13, 2016 • 59 min
Our guest this week is Alex Mullen. He’s currently a medical student at the University of Mississipi, but also the current reigning World Memory Champion. He can memorise the order of a pack of cards in 17 seconds and was inspired to start training to …
25: Marou Chocolate
Apr 18, 2016 • 65 min
Our guest this week is Samuel Maruta, the co-founder of Marou Chocolate in Vietnam, and an increasing presence on the artisanal chocolate scene. He walks us through the production, ethics and big picture thinking around the chocolate industry. Show …
24: Ben Anderson
Mar 14, 2016 • 74 min
Our guest this week is Ben Anderson, a British journalist, television reporter, and writer. A winner of the Foreign Press Award, he has produced documentaries for numerous television outlets throughout his career, and currently works for VICE. He also…
23: Beeminder
Dec 9, 2015 • 66 min
Matt is back this week! Our guests this week are Bethany Soule and Daniel Reeves of They’re a husband and wife team that have put together a productivity app that thousands of people use regularly to track their performance towards their…
22: Jonathan Brown
Nov 5, 2015 • 50 min
Our guest this week is Jonathan Brown, an Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in places such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen,…
21: Lion Kimbro
Oct 20, 2015 • 67 min
Our guest this week is someone who has done a lot of thinking about notes and note-taking. Lion Kimbro now works at Pokemon but he has written chapters in books on note-taking as well as his own book, entitled “How to Make a Complete Map of Every Thoug…
20: Stephen Krashen
Oct 6, 2015 • 62 min
Our guest this week is Stephen Krashen, an academic, linguist, and educational theorist who has been active on the front lines of the academic and media debate about how people learn languages, how children are taught in the United States and the on th…
19: Naheed Mustafa
Sep 24, 2015 • 85 min
Our guest this week is Naheed Mustafa, a freelance writer and award-winning broadcaster based in Toronto. She has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Canada for a variety of international publications. She is also a prolific twitter user and (for t…
18: Will McCants
Sep 8, 2015 • 59 min
Our guest this week is Will McCants, a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University and h…
17: Leah Farrall
Jun 9, 2015 • 64 min
Our guest this week was Leah Farrall, a Research Associate in Counter Terrorism at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre (USSC) and also a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Massey University. Leah was formerly a senior Counter Te…
16: Aaron Zelin
May 19, 2015 • 57 min
Our guest for the show is Aaron Zelin, founder of the essential resource and website, Aaron is a fellow at The Washington Institute, where his research focuses on how jihadist groups are adjusting to the new political environment in the…
15: Andrew Abbott
Mar 16, 2015 • 89 min
Our guest for the show is Andrew Abbott, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Sociology Department. He studied at Harvard and the University of Chicago for his undergraduate and graduate degrees, and also taught for 13 years at Rutgers University…
14: Gregory Johnsen
Feb 9, 2015 • 61 min
Our guest this week is Gregory Johnsen, author of “The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia”. Johnsen went to Jordan with the Peace Corps and first went to Yemen on a Fulbright Fellowship. In addition to his book, he has also writt…
13: Paul Clammer
Feb 2, 2015 • 64 min
Our guest this week is Paul Clammer. Paul writes travel guidebooks for a living, and he has contributed to over two dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet, including acting as the head author on their Morocco and Dominican Republic & Haiti guidebooks, as w…
12: Louie Palu
Jan 26, 2015 • 84 min
This week we’re joined by Louie Palu, a photographer who has spent long periods documenting Kandahar (Afghanistan) and Guantánamo Bay. Suzanne Schroder also joins the episode as a guest host. We talk about photography, documenting history and the chall…
11: Molly Crabapple
Dec 27, 2014 • 41 min
This week we talk with Molly Crabapple, an artist and writer who has worked in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi’s migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Crabapple is a columnist for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, …
10: Jason Lyall
Dec 20, 2014 • 70 min
This week we catch up with Jason Lyall, an associate professor at Yale University (USA). His research explores the dynamics and effects of violence in conventional and guerrilla wars, with emphasis on Afghanistan and Russia’s Northern Caucasus (particu…
9: Rohini Mohan
Dec 11, 2014 • 73 min
This week we spoke with Rohini Mohan, just back in India following a book tour for her book ‘The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War’. We get into how she wrote and researched the book, how it was edited and her writing pro…
8: Azmat Khan
Dec 5, 2014 • 74 min
This week we spoke with Azmat Khan, who worked most recently as a senior digital producer and reporter with Al Jazeera America’s flagship current affairs program, America Tonight, where she was responsible for leading the program’s digital strategy and…
7: Ernesto Ramirez
Nov 16, 2014 • 50 min
Alex speaks to the programme director of the Quantified Self movement, a group that seeks to encourage tracking of data for better understanding and change of behaviours. We discuss some of Alex’s tracking weirdness, the future of the Quantified Self m…
6: Elliot Ackerman
Nov 12, 2014 • 68 min
Matt travels with our guest to Iraq for an interview about politics, war and the way writing can offer a way into the emotional truth of a situation. They discuss Elliot’s new novel, his writing process and how he uses words as a means of understanding…
5: Mark Bernstein
Oct 17, 2014 • 63 min
Matt and Alex talk with programmer and note-taker Mark Bernstein. Mark is the force behind the notetaking and outlining software, Tinderbox, much beloved by knowledge workers. This episode is about note-taking, its uses and why people need to think ref…
4: Gabriel Wyner
Oct 7, 2014 • 48 min
In this older interview, Alex talks with Gabriel Wyner about his new book, ‘Fluent Forever’ and how he uses a variety of methods and technologies to learn languages fast and skilfully. Show notes are available at
3: Mark DiCristofaro
Oct 2, 2014 • 47 min
Alex and Matt are joined by film and television producer Mark DiCristofaro. He has worked on shows like The Hero, Duck Dynasty, The League, House M.D. and worked for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson on the recent Golden Globe winning film, The Advent…
2: Erin Cunningham
Sep 22, 2014 • 64 min
Alex and Matt are joined by Erin Cunningham, the Egypt-based correspondent for the Washington Post. Erin has previously worked for Global Post and the Christian Science Monitor in Afghanistan and across the Middle East and North Africa. We discuss how …
1: Anand Gopal
Sep 7, 2014 • 65 min
Writer, journalist and polymath Anand Gopal joins us for our inaugural episode. He talks about writing books, reporting in Afghanistan, how he stays on top of the news from a variety of countries, why it’s so important to learn languages and many other…