After reading Evans blog entry about how the SGU started I’ve been trying to remember as much as I can about that time. I thought to check my emails because I don’t delete most of mine. Right now I have 21,593 emails in outlook with 8,919 unopened. If anyone from Microsoft wants to use me as a case study for how many emails outlook can handle let me know. So anyway, I found some interesting emails that we sent to each other.
This one is from Steve:
Please take time to read and consider the following:
We need to increase our skeptical activities.
Also, I have been thinking about the podcast idea. I think we should use our Wednesday nights to do a weekly skeptical podcast. This basically can be the radio show we always wanted to do. We can have a podcast page on our website where we list the weekly podcasts (as well as put them on public sites). We can also have a page per week to give extra info – background info on the topic and guest, relevant pictures, links to related articles and websites, etc.
What I would like to do is just do a dry-run test this Wednesday. I want to see if we can do this over Skype, and just have one of us record the session with a simple audio recorder that can save in MP3 format.
Here are some ideas for the format of the show:
- I would host, and you guys would be the skeptical panel.
- If possible, we would try to get a guest each week, who could either be an interesting skeptic (like Joe Nickel or James Randi) or a believer.
- We could call the show “Don’t You Believe It”
- Each week, everyone would come up with a skeptical news items from the past week and give a 2-3 minute summary of the item, with brief discussion. Everyone can come up with a specialty area, if they wish. So we could open with this news segment, then proceed to the guest.
- We could use a sound board for intro and transition music, and also for special sound effects, like a logical fallacy buzzer. My sense is that we would keep the show light and entertaining, but not be goofy, and still cover some solid meat.
- In terms of logistics, we could meet on Skype every Wednesday at 8:00 to discuss the show and prepare, then record from 8:30 to 10:00 for a 90 minute podcast. Then we could upload the webpage right after.
Steve had it together from the beginning. It’s weird to read that now and see how close he was to the actual format we use today. That why he’s the man :
Here is a partial email from Evan:
Here are some show title suggestions:
The Whole Truth
Open Your Eyes
Grounded in Reality
The Baloney Detectives
Truth or Scare
The Steven Novella Experience (just kidding)
If my memory is not corrupted to the point that I can’t trust it, Bob came up with the name of the show, or at least started the idea.
Another interesting fact…Rebecca is the reason why I came back to the show after taking many episodes off due to my ridiculous schedule. I remember talking to Steve about the Rebecca interview and how he thought she was awesome. I thought it over and realized that adding her to the show would change the dynamic and I didn’t want to miss any of it. I remember calling Rebecca on skype for the first time to make introductions and get to know her. We hit it off from the very beginning and had an instant dialogue. I’d say it took a few weeks before we started making fun of each other…and so the legendary podcasting relationship was born. That spring the show seemed to unfold and find its groove.
I’m lucky to be a part of the SGU. I’ve made life long friends in Rebecca and Mike and am proud to be a part of our large community. I want to send a sincere thanks to everyone who listens to the show. We’ve had an incredible 3 years due to your interest in the SGU and our momentum is growing with new things coming your way soon!