5 episodes

What is it like to shadow Elon Musk for two years? To sit courtside as he builds a rocket? Or tears apart an engineer? Or couch surfs at the homes of billionaires? And how on earth do you make sense of it all? Walter Isaacson is the biographer of giants: DaVinci, Franklin, Doudna, Jobs...and now Musk, former enfante terrible, rocket launcher, electric car innovator, and Twitter—er, X—disruptor, to put it gently. In this four part series, author Evan Ratliff (Mastermind, Longform Podcast) sits down with Isaacson to draw out the behind-the-scenes stories of this epic biography, and what the writer has learned as an outsider inside Silicon Valley.  

On Musk with Walter Isaacson Kaleidoscope

    • Society & Culture

What is it like to shadow Elon Musk for two years? To sit courtside as he builds a rocket? Or tears apart an engineer? Or couch surfs at the homes of billionaires? And how on earth do you make sense of it all? Walter Isaacson is the biographer of giants: DaVinci, Franklin, Doudna, Jobs...and now Musk, former enfante terrible, rocket launcher, electric car innovator, and Twitter—er, X—disruptor, to put it gently. In this four part series, author Evan Ratliff (Mastermind, Longform Podcast) sits down with Isaacson to draw out the behind-the-scenes stories of this epic biography, and what the writer has learned as an outsider inside Silicon Valley.  

    Episode One: Genius

    Episode One: Genius

    Biographer Walter Isaacson reveals the secrets behind Elon Musk's genius.

    • 31 min
    Episode Two: Demons

    Episode Two: Demons

    Biographer Walter Isaacson reveals the secrets behind Elon Musk's demons and his erratic behavior.

    • 42 min
    Episode Three: Storytelling and Hot Takes

    Episode Three: Storytelling and Hot Takes

    Biographer Walter Isaacson reveals the his own origins and the way it shaped how he approached Elon Musk's story.

    • 44 min
    Episode Four: What is Musk’s Legacy?

    Episode Four: What is Musk’s Legacy?

    Biographer Walter Isaacson discusses the future of Musk's legacy and whether or not he's burning it all down.

    • 43 min
    Introducing: On Musk with Walter Isaacson

    Introducing: On Musk with Walter Isaacson

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