The Summer Binge List: T-Mobile’s Tech Gurus and Number Crunchers

August 02, 2019

A Collection of the Books, Podcasts, Games, Movies and Music That Inspire T-Mobile’s Executive Leadership Team



CTO Neville Ray, CIO Cody Sanford and CFO Braxton Carter keep the magenta gears turning—overseeing T-Mobile’s blazing-fast wireless network, bringing innovative technology to market and driving the company’s financial position forward. Outside the office, they have wide-ranging interests that go well beyond the tech and finance worlds—from Premiere League football to craft beer to De La Soul. 

Neville Ray, EVP & Chief Technology Officer 

Killing Eve

One word—brilliant! It’s a good thing we’ve got the network to handle it, because this BBC America show is truly binge-worthy! A highlight for me is Jodie Comer’s (the actress who plays Russian assassin Villanelle) authentic Liverpool accent! Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself!

Killing Eve poster

Harvard Business Review: On Mental Toughness

Harvard Business Review compiled 10 articles into this quick and easy read. This book is filled with insightful nuggets—from learning how to bounce back from a career setback to leveraging challenges to become a stronger leader.

Harvard Business Review: On Mental Toughness

5G NR: The Next Generation of Wireless Access Technology by Erik Dahlman, Stefan Parkvall and Johan Skold

This is the Bible of 5G. It’s not a quick or easy read, but it describes the background of 5G technology and goes into detail about its features. The authors are experts from Ericsson Research and previously wrote the essential technical guides to 3G and 4G. Book club anyone?! 

5G NR: The Next Generation Wireless Access Technology

The Beatles 

This film took me back to my teenage days when I first discovered the Beatles. For nearly two hours I was lost in a sea of  Beatles classics, as well as some hidden treasures. Take a look—then listen—for yourself, then spend some time working your way through your favorite Beatles songs. Tough to beat!

The Beatles - Abbey Road album cover

Men in Blazers

I prefer my football analysis with a healthy dose of British humor—and sometimes a nice pint, too! This weekly podcast by Roger Bennett and Michael Davies keeps things fun while going deep on the English Premiere League and soccer news from around the globe. Kudos, boys!

Men in Blazers Podcast logo

Braxton Carter, EVP & Chief Financial Officer


The meanest, foul-mouthiest Western I’ve ever seen—which is why I love it! Deadwood is based on historical figures like Wyatt Earp and Calamity Jane who crossed paths in the historical town of Deadwood in the 1870s. If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth a watch. 

Deadwood poster

Off the Grid: Houses for Escape by Dominic Bradbury

I love architecture and I love the outdoors. This coffee table book is the perfect union of the two! It features beautiful homes, cottages, cabins and retreats in some of the most remote places of the world. Best of all, they’re all eco-friendly. When I’m in need of some serious outdoors but can’t get away from the office, this is the perfect book to thumb through.

Off the Grid book cover

Johnny Cash

Considering he recorded music for almost 50 years, bingeing on Johnny Cash is easy to do. His songs fit every mood, too! Looking for something funny? Try “A Boy Named Sue.” Feeling upbeat? “Five Feet High and Rising” is your jam. The more I listen, the more I respect his legacy. 

The Fabulous Johnny Cash

Snow in Vietnam by Amy M. Le

One of the best parts of my job is working alongside incredibly talented people. Amy is a former T-Mobile employee, and her first book is about a young woman escaping Vietnam with her 5-year-old daughter after the fall of Saigon and ultimately immigrating to the U.S. It’s a beautiful story of perseverance and I couldn’t be prouder of Amy for telling it. 

Snow in Vietnam: A Novel

Craft Beer Radio Podcast

As a CFO, I have great respect for any expert in a specialized field. Jeff Bearer and Greg Weiss, the two guys who’ve hosted this mostly weekly podcast since 2005, know more about beer than anyone you’ll ever meet. Smart, insightful and always spot on, this podcast is a great way to learn about new brew. 

Craft Beer Radio Podcast

Cody Sanford, EVP & Chief Information Officer

3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul

With their first album, De La Soul expanded what was possible in hip-hop by breaking every rule of the genre. Then there’s producer Prince Paul, who may have been the first to introduce jazz sampling into his mixes. Given all that innovation, it’s no wonder I fell in love! 

De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising album cover

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

My dad had this album on vinyl and even as a kid I found it beautiful. I love how it tells a story without using a single word. To this day it’s one of my favorite pieces of music—and, naturally, perfect for any time of year. 

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

In this business-school classic, Goldratt spells out his Theory of Constraints, which deals with identifying and eliminating bottlenecks in the production process, through an allegorical novel about a factory manager working to improve efficiency at his workplace. An easy read—and an important one.  

The Goal book cover

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene

If you ever needed proof that everything is connected… This book links Einstein’s foundational Theory of Relativity to new ideas in quantum mechanics. Heady stuff, for sure—exactly how I like my summer reading!

The Elegant Universe book cover

Stranger Things Season 3

As writers and directors, the Duffer Brothers are expert storytellers, mixing pretty much everything I love—sci-fi, suspense, horror, comedy and spot-on ‘80s references. On top of that, the cast is fantastic. Each season gets more intense than the last, and this one really nails the right balance of kitsch and grit.

Stranger Things Season 3 poster