Rockin’ Libsyn Podcasts: Women At Warp

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Q & A’s with Sue from Women At Warp

When did you start podcasting?

Women at Warp began in March 2015, but two of our four regular hosts had been podcasting as early as 2010.

Why did you start podcasting?

There are a lot of Star Trek podcasts but very few with women hosts, and even fewer with an all-woman team.

The four of us were aware of each other through another podcast (All Things Trek, which Grace co-hosted), and once that show wrapped, Andi had the idea to bring us together to start our own show.

As we started talking about our mission and goals, we got a great response and it was clear to us that we were filling a need.

Our un-promoted Facebook page had so many “likes” before we’d even released our first episode that we decided to launch the show two months earlier than we’d planned.

What’s your show about?

Women at Warp, in short, is a feminist Star Trek podcast.

We examine Trek episodes and characters, representations of women on screen, contributions of women behind the scenes, and any aspect of the Star Trek universe that we happen to find interesting.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Our four hosts are spread out across North America.

We chat over Zoom, which we’ve found to be more stable than Skype, and use Zoom’s built-in record feature to record a backup of our conversation.

As we’re chatting, we each record our own track locally, using either Audacity or GarageBand, and sync the files in editing, which makes it very easy to fix issues with background noise and/or those times when we accidentally talk over one another.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Twitter, Facebook, and word of mouth.

Over two years in, we’ve yet to record a promo, but we do have multiple friends who are also podcasters and have mentioned or promoted our show on their shows.

Additionally, we all speak on panels at conventions quite often, and that gives us the opportunity to promote the show and pass out our business cards.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Just ask, even if you think the answer will be “no,” because it might be “yes.”  We’ve gotten all kinds of opportunities (and amazing guests!) simply because we got up the nerve to ask.

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