The 12 best episodes of the All Turtles Podcast

We’ve been producing the All Turtles Podcast for two years now, and whether you’ve been listening from the start or are just discovering the show now, here’s a list of twelve of our best episodes so far (in no particular order). Revisit the ones you’ve heard already, or use this as a guide for getting into the show for the first time. Happy listening!


1. Ep. 57: Quantitative futurist Amy Webb

Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist, founder of the Future Today Institute, and author of The Big Nine. Her work, rooted in measurement and data, identifies emerging signals and tracks their velocity over time to understand plausible futures. She focuses on changes within science and technology, and joins the podcast today to share some of her insights.


2. Ep. 59: AI in medicine with Dr. Eric Topol

Dr. Eric Topol gives us a sense of the many ways in which medical professionals are already taking advantage of AI in their work. Dr. Topol is a cardiologist and the author of Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again. He acknowledges AI’s security risks, but is optimistic for the future of health that AI is helping to usher in.


3. Ep. 48: AI and fake news with Renée DiResta

When controversial headlines flood Twitter and Facebook, these rage machines disseminate disinformation. AI plays a role in perpetuating fake news, but it could also be a part of the solution in detecting and preventing the malignant spread of fake stories. Renée DiResta is a researcher of computational propaganda and disinformation, and she discusses how recent news stories serve as examples of technology facilitating tribalism.


4. Ep. 55: Accessible and inclusive product design with Micah Rivera

How can good design ensure that a product is as inclusive as possible? Micah Rivera, lead designer for the All Turtles product Spot, has extensive experience in accessible, inclusive product design. From the psychology of color to the use of body language in character illustrations, he draws from a range of tools that he’s eager to share. 


5. Ep. 46: Max Levchin, cofounder of PayPal and Affirm

Max Levchin is the cofounder and former CTO of PayPal. His stories from PayPal’s early days reveal that their methods for addressing security questions from the start can apply to the problems social media companies face today.


6. Ep. 44: The Wikimedia Foundation’s Katherine Maher

Although Wikipedia is a contributor website like Twitter or Facebook, why doesn’t it suffer from the same levels of misinformation and fake news? The Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director Katherine Maher joins this episode to talk about the importance of transparency and sticking to your values at scale. 


7. Ep. 39: Angel investor Jason Calacanis, part 1

Jason Calacanis, angel investor, joins us for part one of a two-part interview. As an early investor in companies like Uber and Robinhood, Jason shares his insights for achieving startup success. He explains why a company’s brand is so important from its beginning stages, and gives his opinion on what the number one killer of startups is.


8. Human Stories of AI: Driven Out of a Job?

This episode is part of the narrative series we made about people whose lives are profoundly impacted by AI today. One of the most common questions about AI today is whether or not it will take over people’s jobs. Finn Murphy a truck driver anxious about whether self-driving trucks will displace jobs in the very near future. For someone who loves what he does, what does it mean for his industry to be on an inexorable march toward technological development if that progress could push his colleagues out of the driver’s seat?


9. Startup Playbook: Pitching Investors

Developing a solid pitch takes work, but it’s a necessary process; building any kind of product requires funding, and to get that money, you have to talk to people. Mursal Hedayat, cofounder of Chatterbox, knew she had a good product idea when she noticed that hardly any of the people solving problems for the refugee community were refugees themselves. But to convince others that her product deserved investment, she had to perfect her pitch.


10. Ep. 28: Field of Dreams

In this episode from season 1, the hosts share the classification they use when evaluating early-stage products. They also examine the most common reasons for failure — and success — of these products.


11. Bonus Episode 7: Her

When it comes to issues of race and gender, how do people impact AI and how does AI impact people? To answer this question, Stephanie Dinkins has been speaking with a robot since 2014 and working with communities of color to develop more inclusive AI and to promote AI literacy.  


12. SciFi-preneurship: Star Trek

Star Trek is one of the most iconic shows to ever grace television, not just for its contributions to the genre of science fiction, but also for its inspirational message about the potential for technology to build a positive future. On this episode of our SciFi-preneurship series, we discuss the show’s many examples of technologies that inspired actual tech that exists today.