Perhaps one of the coolest and nicest couple of podcasters around, Derek and Swoopy have been producing Skepticality since May 2005! The show is bound to have you engaged with their lovely snarky angle 😉 Expect interviews with scientists and debunking myths, popular thinking, and pseudoscience. What are you waiting for? SUBSCRIBE!
Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?
We started the show because when we started no one was addressing the Skeptical outlook, at all, in podcasting. Of course this has all changed since. There are now over 100 or more podcasts which specifically focus on skeptical issues.
Any notable names of listeners you have heard from over the years?
The coolest thing is some of the folks who have contacted us who have been listening to the show since the beginning. The best example is Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the current host of the PBS show NOVA ScienceNOW and the current director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, he sent us an e-mail quite soon after iTunes included podcasting. Either him, or Adam Savage, one of the Mythbusters.
Have you found that social media has expanded your listener base/reach?
Most definately. We have a presence on most social networks to keep, and potentially new listeners informed about new events which we are involved with, or items of interest which folks who enjoy our content might want to know about.
How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?
The best example of how our podcasting has created opportunity for us would have to be when we were asked to become the Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine. That honor has been a great partnership and gives us some very cool opportunities to out and be more engaged with the public.
Derek and Swoopy are directors for DragonCon, worlds largest culture convention, and run the full Skeptic Track there! http://www.skeptrack.org/ Make sure you come see them next Labor Day!*
If you want to contact Skepticality you can do so via their email: host (at) skepticality (dot) com, or their feedback line: 1-866-800-212. You can also follow them on twitter @skepticality or their Facebook Page.
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