Robot or Not?
Hosted by John Siracusa and Jason Snell
Jason Snell asks John Siracusa to rule on the meaning of various words and concepts. It’s not just about robots anymore.
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260 Dish v. Plate (revisited)
Jason’s trip to his mother’s house makes him rethink his definition of what a dish is. Also, he gets some upsetting news about the long-term relationship between the fork and the spoon.
May 1, 2023
Don’t anthromorphize ports. They hate that.
April 17, 2023
Where do beaches exist? And what materials do they need to be comprised of?
April 3, 2023
The difference between islands and continents, and also why Pluto can be a planet if you want to lower your standards.
March 20, 2023
Sometimes they’re wicked, sometimes not. Can an adult call a parent’s new wife a stepmom? Bonus: Can you be too old to be an orphan?
March 6, 2023
Listener Chris clues us into an important ice safety campaign.
February 20, 2023
Shoes, socks, sandals, boots. Footwear is complicated.
February 6, 2023
What makes a university? Is it the buildings, or the people, or the big hole you throw money into?
January 23, 2023
252 Friend of the Show
Listener Rob and Listener Reiner, who are not Director Rob Reiner, want to know if they are Friends of the Show.
January 9, 2023
251 Happy New Year
Are we too late to say it?
December 26, 2022
250 Roomba Update
Some deeper questions about whether certain Roomba behavior makes it more or less of a robot.