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Crackpot – Host of The No Agenda Show
Adam’s nickname for the show is the Crackpot. That’s not just because he occasionally smokes some weed, it’s because Adam believes in his ideas and follows through on them, no matter how crazy they sound. With the radio skills that he developed during his younger years working as a Dutch radio host and an MTV VJ in the USA, all of his podcasts are professional produced while being live recorded on the internet.
Many people know Adam as the Podfather because he was the first one to publish a podcast, The Daily Source Code, on the internet after he worked with Dave Winer to create the podcast specification, which later became known as the iTunes Podcast Specification, based on RSS. The interpretation of what a podcast is has changed dramatically over the years. Back then the term podcast was only used to refer to feed-based podcasts that implemented the podcast specification, but that’s generally not the case anymore. These days a podcast is just a series of video or audio shows published anywhere on the internet. You’d think that would make Adam happy, but he actually isn’t happy with it at all. You’re holding your podcast wrong, so he started the PodcastIndex initiative to change that. Making sure people can listen to podcasts published through the open podcasting ecosystem ensures free speech can thrive on the internet, and he’s teaching people more about it in his Podcasting 2.0 podcast.
Together with Tina the Keeper, Adam lives in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, an area that reflects his beliefs in free speech and gun rights. His pronouns are him/his. Because the content Adam and his co-host John produce isn’t welcome at advertising-supported media platforms run by big corporations, they have taken a vow to poverty by running No Agenda under the value for value model. This has paid off as the show has been running for 15 years and counting.
If you ever have the feeling of craving more Adam Curry after listening to the latest No Agenda episode, check out his other podcasts: Moe Factz, Podcasting 2.0 and Curry and The Keeper. https://noagendasocial.com/@adam
John C. Dvorak
Buzzkill – Host of The No Agenda Show
Excuse the show’s pessimistic nature, because as far as news goes, Dvorak has seen it all. With 40 years of media experience under his belt he has taken his nickname Buzzkill to heart by telling his comrades everything that’s wrong with their ideas. There’s a reason he hasn’t found an exit strategy yet, so he happily keeps chugging along with the show until he does. Throughout his career, John C. Dvorak has worked for many media outlets, including PC Magazine, InfoWorld, TWiT and many more.
John lives in the amazing weather-free San Francisco Bay Area, where his office window overlooks the flat bays, making climate change a real and serious danger to his housing situation. His pronouns are him/his and he’s married to his partner Mimi. Now that Dvorak isn’t allowed to appear on any corporation-supported media channels anymore thanks to the vow of poverty he and his co-host Adam have taken by continuing with the show for over 15 years, he lives on being a humble podcaster thanks to the contributions from our producers. Besides No Agenda, you can hear him in the DH Unplugged podcast together with his friend Andrew Horowitz.
One of the oft-repeated quotes from John as a tech journalist is his opinion on the reveal of the first consumer mouse by Apple in 1984, saying “There is no evidence that people want to use these things.” This was obviously wrong in a time when computers were used exclusively by nerds. Those who disagreed with him back then still use a mouse to control their smartphone, just to prove him wrong. It’s true.
Podcasting isn’t the only thing keeping John busy, he’s also in the process of writing multiple books, like the one about vinegar. Maybe he’ll publish one of them someday. Until then, you can use one of the links below to pester him about it. https://noagendasocial.com/@johncdvorak