Triangulation is a new show from two of my favorite technical journalists: Leo Laporte and Tom Merritt. (It was at episode 6 at the time of this writing.) The show’s name comes from its format where the pair interview one well-known, influential and/or very interesting person (or small group representing a single entity). In some cases (for me at least), the person should be well-known, but is not; I did not know of Michael Geist or his efforts until episode 2 of Triangulation.
I have always liked the way Leo and Tom did technical interviews on their own shows, but together, they complement each other very well. They manage to put their guests at ease right from the start, which always makes for a more candid show. They often derail themselves from the main conversation to go down some interesting path, but also manage to get back on track (usually). The pace of the podcast is fast, but with these two, I doubt it could be anything else. (Think gerbils on running wheel being fed a steady diet of caffeine pills washed down with espresso.) Their guests are busy people, too, so by necessity, the length of the shows is short: about a half hour to an hour. I much prefer that length to the 2-3 hour behemoths to which some podcasts have grown.
So far, the guests are not strictly tech-related or only related in a tangential way, but the caliber of guests has been phenomenal. In episode 5, they talk to Dane Jasper, who, as an east-coast dweller, I’d never heard of. My first minute impression was that the show was only going to be relevant to people in the service area of Jasper’s ISP company. By the end, however, I realized he has an interesting perspective of the history of the Internet in the US and a neat future vision he’d like to see happen. If they can keep this level of quality of guests and conversation they’ve got at least one loyal listener.
If there’s one area they need to improve, it’s advertising the show. They really need to get the word out about it. I accidentally ran across it on the twit.tv web site while looking for information about another Twit show. I’d never heard it mentioned before that (and still haven’t for that matter).