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How can we work together to achieve a common goal: whether in our code, cities, or infrastructure? Henry Zhu chats with fellow maintainers across all disciplines of life on their process, motivations, and struggles as they learn in public.
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Hope in Source

Nadia Eghbal & Henry Zhu

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What are the parallels between faith and open source software? Join Henry Zhu for an off-the-cuff conversation between friends. Check out hopeinsource.com and nadiaeghbal.com/public-faith for the backstory!
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You probably use Babel. Do you ever wonder who made or works on the software you use, especially in open source? Or maybe it's in your dependencies and you don't even know. Henry Zhu chats with other members of the team, TC39, and the JS community about the future of JavaScript, open source, and how it's all maintained. Join us in babbling about Babel!
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How do we all act as protestants online? L.M. Sacasas joins Henry (4th time!?) to chat about material/digital culture, how we compensate for natural affordances in new digital interfaces, our inability to account for non-measurable losses, texture vs. frictionlessness, lofi, roguelikes, reality tv, ambient data capture, extracting our private life …
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Where can hope be found? Alex Kim joins again to open up questions of responsibility, and our place in relation to times of weariness. He speaks out his experiences growing up and also shepherding a local church body as a youth pastor. We speak amidst the burnout on notions of time, the work of Charles Taylor through Andrew Root, work/play, and liv…
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Can our digitally mediated environment be spiritual? Nick Ripatrazone takes us through the lens of the Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan, focusing on his not well-known Catholic faith. McLuhan himself describes his testimony into the Church as, "I came in on my knees. That is the only way in." We discuss the topics around inter-textuality, the …
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What is the place of history in our society? Who was Ivan Illich and how might he be a helpful voice, even in his passing? David Cayley shares about his new book, "Ivan Illich: An Intellectual Journey". It's not really a biography, and as Illich himself would say, "you can't capture me!" We talk about open source, big tech, and enclosure, history w…
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What is the nature of reality? Esther Lightcap Meek speaks of reality as interpersonal, saying yes to life, everyday knowing. We discuss hope as a person-ed affair, how life is a sort of scrabbling together of clues, gift economies, covenant epistemology, on commitment, consent, belonging. (Recorded in November 2021) Transcript: https://hopeinsourc…
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Why is Christianity so commercialized? Conley shares about The Dorean Principle, his new book which explains this biblical concept of the Gospel being "freely given". We talk about being a colaborer vs. a customer, reciprocity vs. gift, Bible translation, Christian music, copyright and creative commons, and how it all relates to an open source etho…
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How can we think about digital communication, let alone silence? Is it possible? L.M. Sacasas is back to chat about a few of his last newsletter posts: the nature of silence, attention not as a resource, on hope vs. expectations, the arms race of escalation, manufactured needs, askesis or discipline, the commons vs. the public, and trustlessness an…
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Why read Ivan Illich today? What does the thought of this radical historian have to bear on our modern tech world? In this episode, Madhu Suri Prakash and Dana L. Stuchul of Penn State University interview L.M. Sacasas on his work as being a sort of bridge or interlocutor of Illich's thoughts. They talk about schooling and inequality in COVID, ways…
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How does the digital life shape our perceptions of ourselves? Maggie Appleton starts us off on a discussion of school in pandemic times which lead to a discussion of the disembodiment that technology can create, somehow bringing us further towards our thoughts on time and space? (Recorded in November 2020) Transcript: https://hopeinsource.com/disem…
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How is the state of modern software like losing at Tetris? Stephen Kell joins Henry to chat about Ivan Illich's thought (counter-productivity, radical monopoly, critique of institutions) applied to modern software culture! We talk about the software/hardware arms race, how our default is more is better, tech being all-consuming, the tyranny of upda…
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What happens when we open up browser APIs like a filesystem? Omar Rizwan joins Henry to chat about his latest project, TabFS! We discuss possible extensions, tinkering with scripts vs being a whole "project", writing it yourself, few dependencies, determining your 1.0, literate documentation, and maintaining a newly popular open source project! (re…
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How do we think about ourselves and the communities we move into? Sonya Mann and Henry continue a chat about the nature of conversion: about using jargon within a community, individuation, and transformation. Topics include the tools of a worldview, flavors of faith, the good of questions, essence and discovering yourself, hierarchies of reality, i…
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How does one come to faith, let alone come back to it? Sonya Mann graciously shares some raw thoughts on her re-conversion to Christianity. We cover a lot of ground, going through doubt and spiritual malaise, the phenomenology of faith, fractal reality, "happeningness". (Recorded in September) Transcript: https://hopeinsource.com/reconversion. Sony…
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Featuring Cassidy Williams — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Discord Join the discussion in Discord 🎉🎊🥳 Listeners of React Podcast are chatting on Discord! Join us Thursday at 10am CT for a friendly chat with Cassidy Williams. It's fun, interactive and all are welcome! Links Cassidy's Newsletter 40: Lift as you Climb …
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Featuring TJ VanToll — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Discord Join the discussion Discord 🎉🎊🥳 Listeners of React Podcast are chatting on Discord! Join us Thursday at 10am CT for a friendly chat thru the latest episode. It's fun, interactive and all are welcome! Links DevReach 2020 CodeItLive on Twitch React Wednesday…
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What is Advent anyway? Alex Kim joins Henry to chat about the season of waiting, memory, our loss and discovery of tradition, teaching ritual as meaningful, a Christian conception of time, and opening ourselves up to hope. Transcript: https://hopeinsource.com/advent Henry: https://twitter.com/left_pad Sections: [01:06] A Season of Double Vision [03…
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Featuring Tim Neutkens — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Discord Join the discussion Discord 🎉🎊🥳 Listeners of React Podcast are chatting on Discord! Join us Friday at 10am CT for a friendly chat thru the latest episode. It's fun, interactive and all are welcome! Links Next.js 10 announcement Next.js Conf 2020 Keynote …
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Featuring Tyler McGinnis — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Discord Join the discussion Discord 🎉🎊🥳 Listeners of React Podcast are chatting on Discord! Join us Friday at 10am CT for a friendly chat thru the latest episode with Tyler McGinnis. It's fun, interactive and all are welcome! Discord invite Links Get 25% off u…
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Featuring Henry Zhu — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Discord Join the discussion Discord 🎉🎊🥳 Listeners of React Podcast are chatting on Discord! Join us Thursdays at 10am CT for a friendly chat thru the latest episode. It's fun, interactive and all are welcome! Discord invite Links Babel Babel on Open Collective Babe…
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Featuring Jenn Creighton — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Discord Join the discussion Discord 🎉🎊🥳 Listeners of React Podcast are chatting on Discord! Join us Thursdays at 10am CT for a friendly chat thru the latest episode. It's fun, interactive and all are welcome! Discord invite Links React is Fiction at React Conf…
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Featuring Tom Preston-Werner — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Discord Join the discussion Discord 🎉🎊🥳 Listeners of React Podcast are chatting on Discord! Join us Thursdays at 10am CT for a friendly chat thru the latest episode. It's fun, interactive and all are welcome! Discord invite Links RedwoodJS GitHub Twitter C…
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Is technology just of chips and gadgets? Maggie Appleton joins Henry again in a 2-part chat to discuss how tech isn't such a static thing, building off of Mcluhan's thought of media and Dan Wang's article, "How Technology Grows". We cover how tech itself contains it's own process knowledge involving how it is used, built, and maintained as well as …
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Can there be knowledge without a knower? Maggie Appleton joins Henry again in a 2 part chat to discuss how knowledge can be intimately personal, through the work of Michael Polanyi. We cover how knowing is an activity, ambient technology, dualism, Bruno Latour, knowing as faith, learning through liturgy, Jesus as the embodiment of God. We end by as…
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News! Marcy's doing a workshop! Don't miss Front-End Accessibility Masterclass November 6th with Smashing. Discord Join the discussion Discord 🎉🎊🥳 Listeners of React Podcast are chatting on Discord! Join us Thursdays at 10am CT for a friendly chat thru the latest episode. It's fun, interactive and all are welcome! Featuring Marcy Sutton — Twitter, …
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News! We have a YouTube channel for React Podcast 🥳 Watch the livestream of this chat with Eli and Subscribe for future chats! Featuring Eli White — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Links React Native Team Principles on the React Native blog, July 17, 2020 ComponentKit — A declarative UI framework for iOS Litho — Litho…
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News! We have a YouTube channel for React Podcast 🥳 Watch the livestream of this chat with Swyx and Subscribe for future chats! Featuring Shawn Swyx Wang — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Links The Coding Career Handbook — The Missing Manual For Junior To Senior Devs r/react on reddit CSS4 on css-tricks Lindy Effect o…
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What does a convivial society entail? L.M. Sacasas joins Henry in the second part of a conversation about Illich and his views of the common good. We speak about Illich's critique against institutions, autonomy and interdependence, the story of the Good Samaritan, learning through apprenticeship and intimate participation, and outsourcing our choic…
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Can we consider our limits as a gift? L.M. Sacasas and Henry discuss an understated concept in our modern times, namely our limited nature. We are limited in our ability to control others (parenting), our speech (social media), and our bodies (morality). We pass through a mix of (sometimes heavy) topics: violent games and virtue ethics, parents as …
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News! We have a YouTube channel for React Podcast 🥳 Watch the livestream of this chat with Rick and Subscribe for future chats! Featuring Rick Casey — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Links DIM — Destiny Item Manager — Control Your Items Your Way DIM on GitHub DIM on open collective DIM Discord bungie.net API Ben Holli…
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What can we learn from someone's last tweets? Omar Rizwan joins Henry to chat about the Dynamicland way of thinking: communal, involving the whole person, user agency. We discuss user control, the problem of lists, industrial open source, materiality and embodiment, knowing through doing, and being aware of your emotions when programming. Also (of …
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News! We have a YouTube channel for React Podcast 🥳 Watch the livestream of this chat with Kent and Subscribe for future chats! Featuring Kent C. Dodds — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Links Epic React by Kent C. Dodds — Confidently Ship Well-Architected Production Ready React Apps Like a Pro. 30% off when this episo…
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News! We have a YouTube channel for React Podcast 🥳 Watch the livestream of this chat with Chris and Subscribe for future chats! Featuring Chris Biscardi — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Links Party Corgi Network Discord Party Corgi Podcast CodeNewbie Using a dSLR as a Webcam for Live Streaming by Joel Hooks Knoword …
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What's life after removing yourself from social media? Philip Gee joins Henry (the last in the "trilogy") to chat about LAT, life after Twitter. We discuss being irrelevant, forcing yourself to think about different things, treating a newsletter like email, restraining your growth, moving to the digital suburbs, engaging with the past, directing yo…
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What's life after removing yourself from social media? Philip Gee joins Henry (the last in the "trilogy") to chat about LAT, life after Twitter. We discuss being irrelevant, forcing yourself to think about different things, treating a newsletter like email, restraining your growth, moving to the digital suburbs, engaging with the past, directing yo…
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News! We have a YouTube channel for React Podcast 🥳 Watch the livestream of this chat with Sam and Subscribe for future chats! Featuring Sam Selikoff — Twitter, GitHub, Website chantastic — Twitter, GitHub, Website Links Frontend First Podcast with Sam Selikoff and Ryan Toronto EmberMap — videos for professional Ember.js developers NextJS Mirage — …
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