Jul 1, 2018
I've decided to officially take
the plunge into the world of podcasting. The new show will be
called Mindscape, and will mostly consist of me talking to smart
people about interesting ideas. (Occasionally it will be me talking
by myself about ideas of questionable merit.) I'm a grizzled
veteran at appearing on
other podcasts, and it's past time I sat in the director's
chair here. [smart_track_player
artist="Sean Carroll" social_gplus="false" social_email="true"
tweet_text="Sean Carroll's Mindscape Podcast, Episode 0: Welcome!"
hashtag="mindscapepodcast" ] Today I'm just releasing a short
teaser podcast, in both audio (bottom of this post) and video
(right here) form. Next week will be a more official launch, with
several real episodes, all of which I had enormous fun recording.
- It won't just be about physics, although physics will naturally
appear. Indeed, the opportunity to talk about things other than
physics is a large part of my motivation here. I have plans/hopes
to talk to historians, psychologists, biologists, philosophers,
artists, filmmakers, neuroscientists, economists, writers,
theologians, political scientists, musicians, and more.
- The video above is just to lure you in. Almost all episodes
will be audio-only.
- I don't have a strict release schedule, that will depend on
other obligations. I would guess one every two weeks, perhaps
weekly if things start going super-well. (So if you want more
episodes, encourage others to subscribe!) Typical episodes will be
an hour long, at least to start, though don't hold me to that.
- Right now you can both subscribe to the RSS feed, and/or to an
email list, both available on the sidebar to the right. If you join
the email list, you can choose to either get just the episodes as
they are released, or just special announcements relevant to the
podcast, or both.
- Soon I hope to be available on iTunes and Google Play and
various other platforms, but I'm not sure how quickly that
- There won't be any ads to start, but I am planning to monetize
it if things go well. These microphones don't pay for themselves.
I'm not really in it for the money, but if money starts rolling in,
my incentive to keep going will be correspondingly boosted.
- Feel free to leave comments and discuss individual episodes as
they appear. There is also a subreddit which might
make a good conversation spot.
- Like everything else I do that isn't physics research, this is
a hobby, and might have to take a temporary back seat if things get
busy. But so far it's been a lot of fun, and I'm excited to see
where it will go.
Show notes for this episode: I mention a study of the different
ways in which artists and regular people look at images, which you
can read about
. And we're ready to go! Thanks to everyone who has helped
me set this up, including Gia Mora
(web and technical
help), Julian Morris (prodding), Cara Santa Maria
(podcasting wisdom), Jason
(gear), and Jennifer Ouellette
(patience, support, wine). Comment here if you have suggestions,
for good ideas to talk about, good people to talk to, or
format/technical wisdom. (As always, demands that I not
talk about this or that will be summarily deleted; those are my
choices to make, not anybody else's.) Still very new at this,
mistakes both technical and judgmental are practically guaranteed
to happen, but I'm optimistic that it should be a fun ride.