May 31, 2024

That Other Guy

People tethered to one particular other person, whether they want to be or not.

Illustration of a person playing basketball against a shadow

Peter Ryan

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.



Guest host Emmanuel Dzotsi talks to Leroy Smith about how one high school basketball tryout forever changed Leroy’s relationship to a childhood friend. (7 minutes)

Act One

I Would Run 500 Miles

A man finds himself sucked into an intense head-to-head running competition against a perfect rival – all for free burritos from Chipotle. (18 minutes)

Act Two

I Wish I Knew How to Force Quit You

Writer Simon Rich grapples with an A.I. chatbot that threatens to make him obsolete. (21 minutes)

Excerpts from the audiobook edition of I am Code, written by code-davinci-002, edited by Brent Katz, Josh Morgenthau, and Simon Rich; read by Werner Herzog, Brent Katz, Josh Morgenthau, and Simon Rich, used with permission from Hachette Audio.

I am Code © 2023 by Brent Katz, Josh Morgenthau, and Simon Rich; ℗ 2023 by Hachette Audio. All Rights Reserved.