In an attempt to share and spread science with our local community and those abroad, the Scot Science Podcast was created last season. Apart of our two year project, we have continued to use our podcasts as an outreach to the community. It is recorded in a manner that would allow it to be consumable by anyone, and aims to make complex subjects and topics more easily understandable for the audience. This allows audiences of a range of educational backgrounds and interests to listen to the podcast.
Understanding the information is important for both the listener and those recording the episode. To ensure this happens, all podcast episodes have a lot of research put into them, and are frequently posed in a format which involves asking questions of experts or of the host that did the most research into the topic at hand. This allows for commonly asked questions to be answered and to keep listeners engaged.
Check out one of our podcast episodes - interviewing MSU's iGEM team!:
Why do we continue producing more podcasts?
One of the biggest motivating factors that led to the creation of a podcast is the ease of consumption. People can listen to and passively learn about different topics each week for 10 to 25 minutes while commuting to and from their job or schooling. It also allows for learning without having to sit down and devote time in the way that reading or watching a video does. Episodes are published on a number of platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, making them easy to access through a freferred platform of choice.
Podcasts are also relatively easy to produce and edit remotely. We recorded podcast episodes almost entirely online using the audio recording tools of Audacity over virtual interviews, and a separate editing team edited each episode.
A Range of Topics
Since last season we have interviewed Michigan State University's iGEM team to reflect on how Covid-19 has affected their routine. This episode will be published in the near future. Last season, one of the first episodes recorded was an interview with Dr. Amanda Harwood about the state of the local Pine River, which our project is designed to address. By discussing issues that are near and dear to listeners, it encourages and starts discussion surrounding the issues at hand. The Scot Science podcast has continued to interviewed multiple guest speakers ranging from Alma College professors to other iGEM teams, allowing for a greater range of influence, opinions, and expertise to be heard and distributed through the podcast. It was acknowledged that environmental science may not interest everyone, so a wide breadth of topics are covered on the Scot Science Podcast.