Exposing PseudoAstronomy

July 14, 2018

Podcast Episode 170: Interlude, and Another Podcast Endeavor


Where has the podcast
Gone? Qui’t is the sound. How can
I keep you list’nin’?

An interlude episode, you know, the one that happens in the game between going up against the little boss and the big boss where you do the side quest to get the special magic sword and silver arrows. Or something like that.

In this entirely ad lib episode, I discussed where I’ve been: Working and on travel. When you’re out of the house 24–27% of the year, it’s hard to put out a regular podcast. When you do enough work to place in the upper 15% of your division, it’s hard to have a life. But I’m trying … and in the meantime, two of the hosts of The Reality Check (cheque? chœk? … they’re Canadian) podcast – Pat roach and Christina Fernandez – and I have a new endeavor: “5 Minutes with an Astronomer.” The show is done in spurts, when I have a week or two of a few hours to sit down and record.

In fact, we recorded most of the first 28 episodes – all now released – in their basement while I was visiting the Great White North (Canadia). Pat does the vast majority of the work, so he deserves most of the credit and it’s his concept. The show is roughly 5 minutes – we do tend to go over a bit, but never more than 10 minutes – where we tackle any topic remotely related to astronomy. While I have a few notes written down for each episode, there is NO script, so that cuts down significantly on the time that I need to prepare.

In most episodes, I ask a critical thinking question based on the material. For example, after talking about what causes seasons, I ask my cohosts what they think would happen for something like Uranus, where the spin axis is pointed towards the sun for half its year. A hope is that this kind of show could be useful in classrooms.

Anyway, let us know what you think — comment here, there, e-mail, or whatever. If you like it, tell lots o’ folks and give it both a rating and review on your podcast portal of choice!

5 Minutes with an Astronomer

5 Minutes with an Astronomer

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3 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

    Comment by Vincent S Artale Jr — July 14, 2018 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  2. Anything that counters the onslaught of ignorance and denial that’s plaguing every science- or astronomy-related article or posting on the internet is well worth the effort you’re making.

    Comment by caralex — July 16, 2018 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  3. Just finished listening to the episode. Good luck with the new endeavour. Looking forward to the episodes on Climate Change, I hope you include the ‘Solar System Global Warming’ stuff you mentioned quite a few episodes back. I have sent you an email with some information on Apollo era (Late 1970s) moon hoaxery that might be suitable for a future episode.

    Comment by Graham — August 18, 2018 @ 6:10 pm | Reply


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