What: Fresh Air podcast
Episode: “Steve Jobs, a computer icon, on life, death and Apple,” originally aired on Oct. 25
Recommended by: Kurt Batdorf, Snohomish County Business Journal editor
The pitch: In this new episode, Fresh Air host Terry Gross interviews Walter Isaacson, author of the new biography on Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computer who died Oct. 5 of complications from pancreatic cancer.
Isaacson wrote biographies on Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. For the Jobs’ biography, he and Jobs met more than 40 times throughout 2009 and 2010, often in Jobs’ living room. Isaacson also conducted more than 100 interviews with Jobs’ colleagues, relatives, friends and adversaries.
Ixaacson’s biography tells the story of how Jobs revolutionized the personal computer. It also tells Jobs’ personal story — from his childhood growing up in Mountain View, Calif., to his lifelong interest in Zen Buddhism to his relationship with family and friends.
In his last meetings with Isaacson, Jobs shifted the conversation to his thoughts regarding religion and death.
It’s an informative look into the life and times of Steve Jobs, whose technological ideas have revolutionized how we communicate and entertain ourselves today.