Speaking Science on the Pod Delusion
Given the title of this blog, you might not be too surprised to learn that I (very) occasionally do a bit of speaking. Generally, these occurrences are on topics that interest me (and hopefully you, too!), including science and science communication. My newest piece is an audio adaptation of my recent post about jargon, which the lovely, award-winning folk at the Pod Delusion podcast were kind of enough to include in their latest episode, which is out today.
Here's the link to the episode's page: http://poddelusion.co.uk/blog/2013/04/25/episode-184-26th-april-2013/ It's free to listen to the show, either on the website, or by downloading the mp3, or by going through iTunes. On the other hand, a lot of work goes into producing the show, so you might consider making a donation (though it's important to note that none of that money goes to contributors, the whole affair as I understand it is not-for-profit and very much a work of passion and spare time).
My piece starts at 55 minutes in, though I recommend listening to the whole thing. Aside from mine, there are plenty of other, more interesting segments in this week's episode. I particularly like Dean Burnett's item on nervous breakdowns, which is also an audio partner to a recent blog post of his. While it turns out that the term isn't very well-defined, there is nonetheless a real phenomenon, or at least a set of phenomena, behind it. I'm fascinated by how we use words to describe mental states, so this was right up my street.
I have my doubts about whether my ramblings add anything to the written version, or whether it constitutes anything but disappointing "filler" in an otherwise routinely excellent show. This is one of the very first times I've done anything like this (previous talks include a couple of live sets in pubs and an interview with me last year for the Token Skeptic podcast), so I didn't really know what I was doing. Although I've been considering submitting something to the Pod Delusion for a while, to actually contribute this week was quite a last-minute idea. I was learning to use the recording software as I went along, while trying to work out how best to adapt my written piece for audio. I don't know much about radio production in the first place, either. For all I know, it's completely terrible (though if it was totally abysmal, I guess it would not have been included in the show...).
Despite how talkative I can be in the real world, I don't actually love the sound of my own voice all that much. So, please let me know what you think in the comments below. On the whole, I enjoyed making the piece and I will very likely do it again, so any advice you have would be very valuable to me.
Finally, I will award ten bonus points if you can spot the Easter egg I accidentally included (Hint: it's related to a certain scientific anniversary that happened this week).
Over to you:
- What do you think of my speaking? Is it too fast, too slow, too monotonous? What was good, what could be improved?
- Have you ever contributed to the Pod Delusion? What was your first time like?
- Did you find the Easter egg?
- Is this the kind of thing you'd like to see/hear me do more of?
- Are there any other podcast items out there dealing with jargon?