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We have started a brand new Show on Netroots Radio called "SciTech with Yuri and Rick". Both Rick and I are Science oriented Canadians who also care about US Politics. In our first show we introduce ourselves, we discuss the topics we will be covering on a regular basis and then we do a deep dive into the Chemistry of the Mars Rovers. The Mars Talk starts at about 16 minutes into the podcast if you want to fast forward to the Mars info, the Mars Chemistry discussion runs for 40 minutes..

I have a fair amount of humility, but I know that I know more than just about everyone outside the mission team, so I'm sharing what I know with you. If you like Science and Technology and topics like the Mars Rovers, we have the podcast you will like on the topic of Mars. We also have expertise regarding Fukushima which we will be talking about in the next week or two.

Our Radio Program Airs live on Netroots Radio Mondays at 6 pm eastern daylight time, 3 pm pacific and you can find our podcasts on Stitcher shortly thereafter.

Here is a link to our first podcast. I'd appreciate some feedback to figure out how to make the show better.

Our first podcast can be found here: Mars Curiosity Podcast

Originally posted to Netroots Radio on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:51 PM PST.

Also republished by Canadian Kossacks, Science Matters, and Kossacks on Mars.


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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Listen to Netroots Radio or to our pods on Stitcher. "We are but temporary visitors on this planet. The microbes own this place" <- Me

    by yuriwho on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:51:10 PM PST

  •  It would be wonderful if you could add some text (4+ / 0-)

    about the chemistry, and perhaps mention how long that segment of the podcast runs.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:04:30 AM PST

  •  My $0.02: put substance in your diary. (2+ / 0-)
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    yuriwho, trumpeter

    Diaries that are just an advertisement to some other URL, even if it is DK Netroots Radio, are offensive and a waste of time, IMO. Put some substance into your diary and then link to your radio-show (or whatever). You'll attract more readers and listeners.

    •  I would not go so far as to say offensive (2+ / 0-)
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      Sharon Wraight, trumpeter

      But yes, I'd rather read it here than go cruising around the net looking for it. And I was offended by the "I know better than anyone else" tone. Some of us DO know chemistry and geology and other relevant subjects.

      So my suggestion is post your information in a direct diary and don't assume we are all ignorant.

  •  mp3 (1+ / 0-)
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    If you could save it as an mp3 I would listen on my iPod.

  •  Listen to other good science podcasts (4+ / 0-)
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    elfling, Sharon Wraight, yuriwho, Hatamoto

    Astronomy Cast and Science Talk (Scientific American) come to mind immediately. The characters are likable (you are a character, whether you want to be or not). They know their audience is moderately well informed. They strive for a seamless and glitch free show.

    Both shows handle nuts and bolts content well but always with an eye on putting things in a larger context. The universe is very cool. They seem to genuinely be excited about it.

    No coughing and sneezing. Keep the food and liquids away from your mouth. I don't care if it's breakfast time or whatever. I lived my job with a radio headset on. After a while you learn you can't even hide your facial expression. It's all audible. You think you have swallowed that coffee, but you breathe differently as it runs down your gullet. When you breathe different you talk different.

    Please no sound effects, no regular insistence on including bad puns. An occasional unrehearsed bad pun is ok, however, as long as it truly is really bad. A bit of friendly banter is ok, but no banter contrived just to be cute schtick. Stephanie Miller may get away with it, but she is one of a kind. Relaxed and confident beats contrived schtick any day.

    Fukushima would be very interesting. I just watched the Brian Cox TV episode about fusion. It's a great topic and it's at the intersection of expensive international science, politics, climate change and resource depletion.

    Resource depletion is a topic unto itself.

    I'll tune in. This is good news! There actually will be Earth shaking news from Curiousity at some point. I am confident. Lucky you, a ringside seat as they figure out what it is.

    •  Thanks for the suggestions! (1+ / 0-)
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      Fusion is my personal favorite so I can pretty much guarantee it'll be a discussion... maybe a nice little foray into the various mechanisms being looked into, the eternally shrinking horizon to achieving unity, maybe a sideways glance at LENR...

      I know we sounded a little wooden at the start there, but I think things started to get a bit better towards the end where we were just chatting about Mars. It was really obvious to me when I was listening to it after the fact; about 50% of the "uhmm"s disappeared in the latter half. ;) I think that'll organically resolve itself as we get more used to it.

      Plot your political compass scores at KosCompass

      by Hatamoto on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:07:34 PM PST

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  •  Ok. I checked it out. (4+ / 0-)

    So far great job for show #1! Very well prepared.

    Ha! Fusion. I must obviously be clairvoyant. There is no other explanation!

    'Emergence' would be a topic it sounds like you might be interested in discussing. Especially after your telescope/lens conversation. It's sort of a 'What Technology Wants' type of topic.

    Perhaps you could suggest a book a month. Give people a month to read it then you discuss it.

    Good luck.

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