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December 22, 2007

On Podcasting

Pardon the navel-gazing: I (we?) am (are?) toying with the idea of instituting a Medical Humanities Podcast Series.  I'd like to solicit feedback on this, so comments are welcome either on the blog or over email.


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I'd listen. My iPod is always stocked with disability podcasts (Ouch! from the BBC, Disability Nation), and increasingly some history-of-science podcasts (Elizabeth Green Musselman's "The Missing Link," for example), but I'm always interested to listen to more. Especially if the sound quality is good and the topics vary enough--some history podcasts are disappointing because they've apparently just set up a mike at a conference, or because they're 13-part series on one battle, say (I hope that example is hypothetical).

Our blog recently started one, without too much hassle. I think if you had some support from the IT people, it would be relatively easy to make it happen. Dave Levine's Hearsay culture podcast is also great, and done from an educational setting.

one other idea--do email interviews of people. They are often very interesting, and easier to cite to later on. and the person interviewed can edit what they say.

Hi Daniel,

I hope you do it. I'll certainly promote it if you do.

Do you have a format in mind?

Hey Jon,

Thanks for the kind words.

I'm open to format -- and certainly open to any suggestions you might have.

I'm an avid podcast listener and can offer what I like.

I enjoy interviews and they lend themselves to longer podcasts. Point of Inquiry, for example, is very good and seems achievable. RadioLab is outrageously good but I don't think that's what you had in mind. I haven't heard too many podcasts that use sound effects well unless they are professionally produced like RadioLab.

Podcasts featuring one speaker can sustain my attention depending on the topic but generally a shorter (3-10 min) podcast is better. LSAT Logic In Everyday Life is a good example of a focused, single speaker podcast I enjoy.

I'm sure you've got your own favorites.

Is your intended audience the general public, peers?

One more podcast I enjoy is produced by the Poetry Foundation/Magazine. The short readings with some analysis makes for some good listening.

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