Interview with Stephen Hackett

Co-host of The Prompt, Stephen Hackett

Co-host of The Prompt, Stephen Hackett

This week we had the opportunity to chat with one of the hosts of 5by5’s new hit show The Prompt, Mr. Stephen Hackett. The Prompt hit #2 in the iTunes Tech Podcast charts after its debut last week and Stephen was gracious enough to sit down with us to talk a bit about The Prompt, 512 Pixels, other podcasts he’s worked on with Myke Hurley, and more.

Hey Stephen! How's it going?

Stephen Hackett: Oh, hello. It's good. I'm drinking some mango tea since my throat is sore, and it's pretty decent.

You're new around here-- Tell us about yourself.

SH: I am. If I were in Austin, I'd have that awful "new kid" parking spot near the corner of the lot, for sure.

My name is Stephen Hackett. I'm 27 and live in Memphis (yes, that Memphis) with my wife and our two kids. We're both from here, so we have lots of built-in babysitters and support, which is awesome. Our son is a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where is being treated for a rare type of brain cancer. Right now, he's doing really, really well, and we couldn't be happier with his progress and treatment. I've written about our experience a good bit, but this post is a good overview.

Tell us about your shows, the 512 podcast and The Prompt.

SH: The 512 Podcast, which I did with co-host Myke Hurley, was an extension of my writing about Apple, technology, journalism and design at 512 Pixels. It was on the 70Decibels network, and when moving to 5by5, we thought it was time to make a change, so we badgered Federico Viticci from MacStories into joining us on a weekly panel show.

Since we aren't experts in everything, we're going to be enlisting some smart people to help us out. An army of correspondents will start appearing on the show soon.

The 512 Podcast was actually the second show I did with Myke. The first one, Ungeniused, was equally awesome. One of these days, we'll do a second season.

What inspired you to start podcasting?

SH: I've always been a writer, and Myke really had to convince me to start doing shows. He had me on a couple episodes of one of his old shows and really paved the way for me.

What do you do outside of writing and hosting The Prompt?

SH: I actually just Quit(!) my job, which was at a new community center here in Memphis. Starting in July, I'll be heading up account work at a local web design and development firm here.

What are your interests outside of podcasting?

SH: I've been an avid mountain biker since I was a kid. After a pretty serious elbow injury last year, I'm slowly getting back on the bike. I also enjoy photography and non-technical writing.

What are you reading?

SH: Right now, I'm reading The Mythical Man-Month, which anyone working with nerds should check out.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

SH: I'm super excited about The Prompt and my new job. Also, I love making Arnold Palmers, but people judge you for it in February.

What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

SH: I'm historically a huge Batman fan, since Superman just seems silly. However, I'm willing to give this new film, Man of Steel a shot. I'm pretty pumped about The Wolverine and Monsters University, too.

Thank you, Stephen! You can connect with Stephen via Twitter and his blog 512 Pixels. Be sure to check out The Prompt on 5by5 or subscribe and download via iTunes.

Please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Hospital to help children like Stephen’s win the fight against cancer and other deadly diseases.

Interview with Moisés Chiullan

5by5 host, Moisés Chiullan

5by5 host, Moisés Chiullan

This week, we caught up with another 5by5 superhost, Moisés Chiullan. Moisés is the host of such shows as Screen Time, Giant Size, The Comic Shack, and The Critical Path. Today Moisés gave us the lowdown on his humble podcaster beginnings, the awesome guests on his shows this week, and later he attempts to clear up the confusion surrounding his obsession with fish.

Greetings, Moisés! How’s it going?

Moisés Chiullan: Great, but exhausted! I recorded 3 episodes of Critical Path in the same week that I cancelled a show by combining it with one out of 2 shows that are relaunching, all within the same 5-day period.

For those that don't know, who are you?

MC: Moisés Chiullan, host of Screen Time, Giant Size, and dutiful student/co-host to Horace Dediu vis-à-vis The Critical Path.

Where are you from?

MC: I always say Dallas, but it's really Garland, Texas...the partial basis for "Arlen" in Mike Judge's King of the Hill.

Tell us a little about your of the shows you host: Screen Time, Giant Size, The Comic Shack, and The Critical Path.

MC: Some news: I just relaunched both Screen Time and Giant Size, and cancelled The Comic Shack. This is all good news, and represents the versions of the shows I've been wanting to do form the start.

Screen Time is now a panel discussion show where we talk to the sharpest minds in tech and entertainment about the future of movies, TV, and videogames. We cover all parts of the process: development, distribution, and consumption. The interviews that previously made up the bulk of the show are now the closing segment each week. It's topical without being a "news" show.

Giant Size now opens with the panel discussion that was The Comic Shack, which focused on bringing new and lapsed readers into comics. Like Screen Time, the interviews with comics creators now form the backend segment of the show. Longer interviews will finish in the After Dark (same as Screen Time).

The Critical Path is really Horace Dediu's show, where one of the smartest minds in tech analyzes everything: sales data, trends, disruption, and recently...the auto industry. I picked up co-hosting duties from Dan, and at Horace's request, the show has become more conversational. My goal each week is to give him good tangents to follow down rabbit holes

Who will be on your shows this week?

MC: Screen Time: The "reboot" episode, broadcasting live this Friday at 11am CST, features Jim Dalrymple, Guy English, and DOOM co-creator Tom Hall. The interview segment is with Acorn Media's VP of Digital Jen Lincke. Acorn are the biggest distributor of UK TV content in the USA.

Giant Size: The "reboot" episode covers Superman Origin Story Retellings, including Man of Steel, with co-host John Gholson and guest panelist Justin Korthof ( The interview is with comics legend J.M. DeMatteis.

Where do you get all of these wonderful guests?

MC: The store.


What inspired you to start a podcast?

MC: I did radio and voiceover work in (and after) college, just as podcasts started being a "thing". I loved listening to radio shows on my enormous first-gen iPod from all over the world, whenever I wanted to do so. It made me feel like you could be anybody with a unique perspective and make compelling content, with nobody telling you "no". Some of the show ideas I had those years ago formed the foundation for both Screen Time and Giant Size.

Doing these was a "someday" thing until I started listening to 5by5. It may have been the now-canonized Back to Work #7: Vocational Wheel that kicked me into gear. I was a dyed-in-the-wool jackal by the first time a title I "showbotted" got picked (#17: Brick Building Full of Lies).

Once I met Dan electronically, we started developing the shows that became the "All-New, All-Different" Screen Time and Giant Size. 

What do you do outside of hosting?

MC: Like for worky-work? I feel like the internet will throw a shoe at me if I say "marketing consulting" or "braaaaand consulting".

For the most part, I do my best to solve problems for small and big companies. Everything depends on the size, nature, and desire of the company in question. It can mean planning and executing events (including selling sponsorships), revising marketing plans, or something entirely different with regard to branding. Marketing is a wonderful and at once awful thing, depending on the implementation. I try to make it better than it often ends up.

What are your interests outside of work and podcasting?

MC: Most prominently, I like doing things that don't feel like work while being off the grid with my wife.

Movies and comic books are obviously big, or I wouldn't do shows centered around them. I have a beagle named Lucy. We have a couple of cats. I enjoy horseback riding. I like acting and singing, and don't do enough of either for my own taste.

What people probably don't know is that, in the way some people are crazy cat people, my wife and I are kinda...crazy fish people. We have three active tanks, including a 100-gallon seahorse setup with honest-to-God PVC plumbing and filtration underneath. Someday, you might hear me tell the story of moving from Florida to Texas with...more than three fish tanks, battery-powered aerators, buckets, and more.

Future Interview: Fish People: The Chiullan Story.

What projects are you working on?

MC: Guesting on more podcasts, picking away at a book I've been working on for a while, and translating another book that will take an even longer while. Securing regular work should probably be at the top of that list, but oh well.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

MC: Regular rainfall in Central Texas, San Diego Comic Con.

What are you reading this summer?

MC: Tons of comic books, Supergods by Grant Morrison, the complete Sherlock Holmes canon, out of print Booth Tarkington novels, and Roger Ebert's Life Itself.

What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

MC: That I haven't seen? Pacific RimBefore Midnight, The Heat (director of Bridesmaids plus Bullock & McCarthy), The World's End (the final movie in Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead-Hot Fuzz-and this trilogy), and the sure-to-be-hyper-insane Kick Ass 2.

Where can we find you on the internet?

MC: Twitter: @moisechiu ADN: @moises website:

Thanks, Moisés! Check out Screen Time, Giant Size, The Critical Path, and old episodes of the now-retired show The Comic Shack on 5by5 or subscribe and download episodes via iTunes. Don't forget to tune in live tomorrow at 11:00AM CT for Screen Time with guests Jim Dalrymple, Guy English, and DOOM co-creator Tom Hall.

THE PROMPT is already #2 in iTunes

We are thrilled to announce that The Prompt, after only one episode which posted last night at 6:00PM CT, has already reached #2 in iTunes' US list of Top Technology Podcasts. The Prompt is a weekly panel discussion on technology and the culture surrounding Apple and related companies. Hosted by Federico Viticci, Myke Hurley, and Stephen Hackett.

The Prompt will post new episodes each Wednesday.


The Prompt debuts on 5by5


Get ready, Jackals! Today THE PROMPT, with Myke Hurley, Stephen Hackett, and Federico Viticci, will post its first episode, here on 5by5.

Stephen, gave us this teaser for the show, posting later today:

"Today, we'll be revisiting the WWDC predictions we laid out a couple of weeks ago, look at some of the under-the-hood changes coming to OS X and talk about the future of Mac hardware. The topic I'm most excited about on the docket is voice recognition systems-- We'll be comparing Siri to what Android has, look at what companies are putting in to cars, and more. Other topics we're working on include the 'cult following' unique to Apple and a revisit to Steve Jobs' epic 2007 keynote, in which he introduced the original iPhone."

Check out THE PROMPT on the 5by5 website or subscribe and download episodes via iTunes.

Posted on June 19, 2013 and filed under Show Announcements.

Interview with Myke Hurley

5by5 Host Myke Hurley

5by5 Host Myke Hurley

Cheerio, Jackals! As you may well know, Great Britain is the birthplace of some great bands, some great royals, and some great podcasts, including those hosted by newly christened 5by5 host, and all-around friendly chap, Myke Hurley. Recently we sat down for tea with Mr. Hurley to chat him up and discuss the acquisition of his network, 70Decibels, by 5by5, his corporate stoogedom, a new podcast he's co-hosting, and all of the well-battered fun he's having at WWDC this week.

Ay up, Myke! How’s it going?

Myke Hurley: It's going pretty well today, thank you. I'm in sunny San Francisco for WWDC at the moment, having an absolute blast! It's nice to hear from you, 5by5 blog. I trust you are well?

Very well, thank you! For those who aren't in the know, tell us a bit about yourself.

MH: I'm Myke Hurley, newly ensconced podcaster at 5by5!

Where do you hail from, Sir Myke?

MH: I am from London, in merry old England. Hopefully I'll be bringing some british charm to the network.

Rightio! Tell us about your network, 70Decibels, and the individual shows you host such as CMD+Space, Bionic, Pen Addict, and the News.

MH: So, I started 70Decibels in October of 2011, having been podcasting since April 2010. I had amassed a stable of around 10 shows over that period—many of which I am a host of. In March of 2013, 70Decibels was acquired by 5by5 and we have recently started moving all of the shows over to our new home.

At the time of writing we have moved over CMD+SPACE—which is my weekly interview show with awesome people from the internet, Bionic—a show dedicated to looking at technology and media ecosystems, outside of the world of Apple and The Pen Addict—A show for the pen and paper geeks of the world. The rest of our shows will be moving over to 5by5 in the coming weeks and we have some cool surprises in store too!

Also – since the acquisition – I have taken the reins of The News on 5by5. Every day I amass links (with the help of the lovely Danielle) to discuss on the show. We try to focus on Tech, gaming and geek news—typically between 5-10 minutes.

What inspired you to start a podcast?

MH: I have always loved creating things and struggled to find the right creative outlet. Until one day, during a conversation about Apple news with one of my best friends, we decided to start a podcast together. The medium really stuck for me and I just love doing it.

How did the 70Decibels and 5by5 merger come about?

MH: Me and Dan have been speaking about this for a long time. We first had conversations about doing this in June of 2012, but decided that it might be worth holding off for a bit. We kept in good contact and continued working together on some things. In November of 2012 we had a call and agreed that the time was right.

I was and am honoured to be a part of 5by5 and I'm really happy that Dan wanted me to be a part of what he's built.

What do you do outside of hosting your shows?

MH: As well as the behind the scenes stuff with podcasting – like arranging guests, dealing with admin and producing some other shows – I actually work a corporate stooge job.

I have a regular 9-5, working in Marketing for a large finance company. It gets a bit tough to balance at times, but podcasting is what I really love to do and I have dreams that I'll be able to kick my corporate stooge job to the curb in 2013.

Crikey! You'll have to be a guest on QUIT!™ when you finally take the leap. What are your interests outside of work and podcasting?

MH: I'm a geek.

For me, this means; video games, movies, cartoons and comic books.

What projects are you working on?

MH: Well this is a big question. I am always working on new projects—it's like an addiction. I have some new shows that I would like to create, a few of them are in very early stages of development and would be quite tough to pull off, but I hope to have at least one of these up and running within the next few months.

I do have a pretty cool project that is launching next week on 5by5. It's a natural extension of one of the shows we had on 70Decibels, but with a new twist. It's called The Prompt and will feature myself, Stephen Hackett and Federico Viticci, covering the culture of Apple and related companies. We're also going to be bringing in friends and listeners as 'correspondents' to help us cover some cool topics.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

MH: WWDC! Whilst I am technically experienceing this right now, I still have a couple of days to go in town. I have met with some amazing friends and listeners as well as a bunch of people I really look up to. Also, it's pretty cool to be able to break bread with Mr. Benjamin.

Last night we had Jim Dalrymple's Beard Bash, which was an absolute blast. I have a bit sore head today, but it's all worth it. There may be some videos floating around of me singing Wonderwall by Oasis.

The generous Stephen Hackett shared a snippet of Myke's performance with us.

The party was full of people from the 5by5 family and lead to this amazing photo of myself, Merlin and couple of A-grade jackals.

Merlin, Myke, and friends at Jim Dalrymple's Beard Bash

Merlin, Myke, and friends at Jim Dalrymple's Beard Bash

I also would love to come out to Austin to visit with all the 5by5 folk this year. We just need to get some dates on the calendar.

What are you reading this summer?

MH: Tech blogs and comic books. I'm not much of a reader, I've always struggled to keep my concentration with books. I think that's why I create podcasts and not write a blog.

What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

MH: Loads!

To name just a few..

Great list! Simon Pegg's crew just keeps churning out hilarious films. Where can we find you on the internet?

MH: I am @imyke on Twitter and That's best.

And of course, podcasting daily at 5by5!

Thanks, Myke! Have a great rest of your stay in San Francisco. We hope you'll make it out to the 5by5 Studios soon!

MH: Thanks 5by5 Blog!

You can catch Myke Hurley weekly on CMD+Space, Bionic, Pen Addict, or catch the News for your daily dose of Myke's British wit. Follow Myke and 5by5 on Twitter for updates about The Prompt, coming soon to the 5by5 Network! Check out the full list of episodes on the 5by5 website or subscribe and download episodes via iTunes.