• USA TODAY tech columnist Jefferson Graham hosts the Talking Tech video series for USA TODAY, and the daily audio edition, heard on USATODAY.com, Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes and SoundCloud. He's also an accomplished portrait photographer and jazz guitarist.

#TalkingTech on the Road — Georgia and Charleston

Charleston, SC
CHARLESTON, S.C. — This week #TalkingTech went on the road to the Southeast.

We recorded podcasts, took lots of photos, went live on Facebook and Periscope and met really cool people in Atlanta, Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

Seersucker suits are prominently offered for sale on King Street in Charleston, SC

Seersucker suits are prominently offered for sale on King Street in Charleston, SC


The DigSouth festival was held in downtown Charleston

The DigSouth festival was held in downtown Charleston



Some trip highlights:
We rounded up our USA TODAY TalkingTech interviews with Brooks Buffington, co-founder of Atlanta-based social messaging app Yik Yak, Will Jamieson, chief marketing officer for Charleston-based mobile video app Stre.am, Kristina Montague, managing partner of the Jump Fund, a venture-capital firm that invests in female-led tech start-ups from Chattanooga, Tenn., and our visit to Savannah’s Benedetto Guitars. We put them all together into one extended podcast.

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Tech firm PeopleMatter is based on King Street in Charleston

Tech firm PeopleMatter is based on King Street in Charleston


Below: a video of my chat with Jamieson’s boss at Stre.am, Eric Bowman, who also owns the local soccer team and stadium. What did we do after the chat? Played soccer, of course.

We loved meeting Kristina Montague, the managing partner of the Jump Fund, which invests in female led tech firms from Chattanooga, TN. She’s wearing shoes made on a 3-D printer by Feetz, one of the fund’s investments.

And of course, no visit to Savannah is complete without stopping by fine jazz guitar maker Benedetto. My chat with the company president and jazz guitar great Howard Paul.

Jefferson Graham tries out a guitar at Benedetto's HQ in Savannah

Jefferson Graham tries out a guitar at Benedetto’s HQ in Savannah

Benedetto Guitars
Jared Stubbs holds imported Italian wood that will become transformed to a fine jazz guitar

Jared Stubbs holds imported Italian wood that will become transformed to a fine jazz guitar

Culinary highlights–no visit to Savannah is complete without visiting the historic Clary’s Cafe, (circa 1903) or busy Leopold’s Ice Cream, also from 1903, complete with drugstore fountain, malts, milk shakes, orangeade and rich, goeey Peanut Butter Chippy’s. In Charleston we had the best cookie ever, Katy’s PB Perfection, with peanut butter chips, PB cups and Reese’s Pieces, from King Street Cookies.
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A classic movie theater, ice cream parlor and art school dot Abacorn Street in Savannah

A classic movie theater, ice cream parlor and art school dot Abacorn Street in Savannah

Classic old home in Savannah

Classic old home in Savannah

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Sights and smells from Charleston, SC

They like to take pictures of doors in Charleston, South Carolina–and for good reason!
They’re pretty stunning.
Classic Charleston doorAnother classic Charleston door
Old Charleston Home
Here’s a collection of images from my recent Charleston visit–highlighted, of course, by the amazing Creamsicle cookies, via King Street Cookies. I was in town recently to speak at the Dig South conference.Orange Creamsicle cookie from King Street CookiesA former meat plant turned theaterUniversity housing in Charleston

Love this old Dentist sign from an office in Charleston

Love this old Dentist sign from an office in Charleston

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Jefferson Graham is the host of USA TODAY's Talking Tech podcast, and a longtime tech columnist

Jefferson Graham is the host of USA TODAY’s Talking Tech podcast, and a longtime tech columnist


Love this new headshot by my pal Stephan Cooper, one of the great photographers. I always look my best when he’s behind the lens! Thanks Steve!
This was photographed at the YouTube Space in Playa Vista, CA.

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1st 25 Million downloads for #TalkingTech podcast

LOS ANGELES – On today’s show, 25 million thanks.

Wednesday, the USA TODAY #TalkingTech podcast passed 25 million downloads. On the occasion of show no. 743, a few words of appreciation for listening, and a look back at the evolution of the audio show.

We began podcasting as a way to spotlight complete extended #TalkingTech video interviews, which were always cut up and edited for webcast.

The first was my 45 interview with comedian Lewis Black about the gadgets that drove him crazy. Along the way, we also began offering quick hits on tech news, and they found great interest from listeners.

In 2015 we also added the Talking Tech Roundtable show, a one-hour weekly talk show with a panel offering their take on the week’s tech news.

We run the long show intact and also slice it up, in a mix with our daily commentary and interviews.

In June, 2015, we were having so much fun, we decided to go daily–and now post #TalkingTech seven days a week. I haven’t missed a show yet.

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We’ve recorded the podcast from developer conference, on vacation everywhere from Mexico, Zion National Park, Portland and Santa Fe and even in restaurants.
So it was that on April 20th, our 25 millionth listener probably tuned into my chat with Xavier Carillo Costa from the Thai Top restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Costa is a video game designer from Barcelona, who talked about the joys of living and working in Spain and how they don’t take siestas during the work day–well, that is except in the summer.

I usually record the show on an iRig HD mic from IK Multimedia, direct into a Macbook and Final Cut Pro. I don’t use audio software because of my video background–I’m already in Final Cut editing video every day, so I just like to work there.

The bulk of our audience is in the United States–representing 20.7 million of the downloads, followed by Canada, the UK, Australia and Japan.

In the U.S., we have our biggest audience in New York, followed by Los Angeles, our home city, Chicago, Houston and Seattle.

Our most popular shows?

Here’s a countdown of the top 5:

–No. 5. I reviewed that new Steve Jobs documentary that played in the fall, and complained that the late Apple co-founder was portrayed as a monster.

–No. 4. A report about T-Mobile’s moves to offer free video streaming on phones, but at a cost of lower resolution.

–No. 3. A guide to the rules you need to know for flying drones.

–No. 2 How Instagram’s new changes on what photos go into your news stream affect what you’ll see.

–No. 1. A report on an app called Workflow, which Apple said was the “most innovative” app of 2015. Workflow offers many shortcuts for popular tasks.

So, as we head out to the next 25 million, a quick shout to our listeners, and the great folks at USA TODAY who helped us grow the show, as well all the fabulous guests.
Top of the list: Shannon Rae Green, David Callaway, Susan Motif, Nancy Kerr, Scott Stein, Taryn Langer, Lori Jonas, Jennifer Acree, Jen Warren, Stephan Cooper, Sean Fujiwara and many others.

Fans of the show–let’s be more in touch over the next year. What subjects would you like to see covered on TalkingTech? Who would be a great guest? What did I say recently that you violently disagree with?

I want to hear from each and every one of you.

My e-mail is easy to remember–jgraham@usatoday, you can find me on Facebook as jefferson.graham, or on Twitter as @jeffersongraham.

Listen to the #Talking Tech podcast on Stitcher, iTunes, TuneIn and SoundCloud.

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