"Who Cares? What's the point?" Podcasts about the mind for people who think

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"Who Cares? What's The Point?" Podcasts About The Mind For People Who Think

Project 2016-11-01 15:06:20 +1300

Hi – my name is Sarb Johal, and I’m here to tell you about Who cares? What’s the point. - the podcast about the mind for people who think.
  
When I was a PhD student, one of the slides me and a few of my fellow students included in every presentation we did said this; 'Who cares? What's the point?" This encouraged us to really double down and focus on why anyone should care about the research we were doing.
 
This podcast does the same thing. I track down cutting edge researchers from around the globe publishing thought-provoking, and potentially game changing research about why we behave the way we do.
 
I will invite them to tell us briefly about their research, and then I will prompt them to answer those two questions – who cares,  and what’s the point, focusing on the possible implications of their work. This way, you get to hear stories about how the mind works, without putting your mind to sleep.
 
The style to be punchy and to the point, while giving enough space for the researcher to tell their story about their research.
 
Season 1 is in the bag - and here’s the run down of the shows I have broadcast so far:
 
  1. Dr Matt Williams, New Zealand - What influence could climate change have on human aggression?
  2. A/Prof Claire Vallotton, USA - Father's parenting stress and toddler language development
  3. Prof Frank McAndrew, USA - The psychology of creepiness
  4. Dr Michael Philipp, NZ - Emoticons and emoji make your face muscles twitch
  5. A/Prof Brian Sharpless, USA - What do we know about sleep paralysis?
  6. Laurie Parma, UK - Mapping the link between biodiversity and our wellbeing
  7. Prof Sam Wineburg, USA - How to tell the difference between fact and fiction on a 'post-truth' internet
  8. Dr Eva Neely, NZ - What do we know about how food is used to foster social relationships for young women at school?
  9. Dr Bertel Teilfeldt Hansen, Denmark - Does turning to clocks back for winter-time lead to higher rates of depression?
  10. Dr Toby Mundel, NZ - Is there a link between dehydration and our experience of pain?
 
 
You can check the show out at at Libsyn
 
It's also on all major platforms, including Stitcher and iTunes
So far, so good - we made it up to #3 in the NZ iTunes Social Sciences chart - I'm hoping to get to #1 and developing a worldwide profile to help my mission to promote communication of the art and science of psychology to a wider audience #scicomm
 
What am I asking for?
 
Running the show takes time and money. I have monthly hosting costs to pay for, for hosting the podcast files and for the website domain. It takes time and money to get the equipment together, to line up the interviewees, to record the interview, and also a fair amount of time invested in learning how to produce the show, and actually doing that production after getting the right software and tools. To get Season 2 going, I need to start to get some of these sunk costs back, and perhaps even get a bit of an advance on future hosting costs. I'd also think a separate whocareswhatsthepoint.com website will help immensely too. Please help!
 
What’s next? 
 
I am already scouting for Season 2, which I’d like to launch on February 21 - another Season of 10 shows, and then another Season - #3 - to be broadcast in May / June / July 2017. 
 
If we get beyound the $2000, I’d like to publish books compiling all the interviews for each of the Seasons. These will take the the best of what our guests have to offer, making them available as e-books, and if the PledgeMe funds allow, actual REAL books - I know they’re getting popular again (who’d have thought that would happen)? Extra funds would help to meet editing and publishing costs to get this project going. I'll add stretch goals for the publishing project if we get funded!
 
Why me?
 
I have two doctoral level degrees in psychology – a research doctorate, and a clinical doctorate. I’ve worked in research, policy, and clinical settings, and I publish papers and do media. Let me be your guide as we tour the globe searching for the best psychology stories for Who cares? What’s the point?
 
And like all good guides, you can tell me where you want to go, and I’ll take you there – if you pay me enough J
 
Write to me and tell me what you’d like to cover, and I’ll do my darndest to cover a research story that gets you to where you’d like to be. Check out the pledge that enables you to do that.
 

So, get ready for Who cares? What’s the point? - The podcast about the mind for people who think. Help me get the funds to get this going and to keep on going.

 

You can follow me @sarb on twitter, and the podcast twitter account @wcwtp, and you can find the show on Facebook too https://www.facebook.com/wcwtp/

Find out more about me at sarbjohal.com

 

 

 

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Final few days - and new long reads on Sciblogs!

13/03/2017 at 1:12 PM

Hi all,

If you have come here because you're intested in supporting the show, you're not too late. Your support helps this show to carry on happening.

While you cliock and pledge, consider having a read of this new long read series I've started on Sciblogs.co.nz based on the conversations I have with the guests on the show. I think you'll find it riveting. The first one is on climate change and aggression. Have a read and perhaps leave a comment on what you think.

Don't forget, happy to have a chat online if you'd like.

Cheers

Sarb

Season 2 kicks off tomorrow

20/02/2017 at 9:02 PM

Hi 

Thanks for stopping by if you've come here to check out the fundfaising campaign. If you can chip in a little (or a bit more) to cover the cost of Season 2, I'd very much appreciate it. If not, that's cool too. You can help in other ways.

If you like the show, please follow us on twitter @wcwtp, and @sarb, and leave a review on iTunes - that really helps people to find the podcast.

Thanks - and keep tuning in for new updates, and download Season 2 from tomorrow.

Cheers

Sarb

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    DK
    2017-02-10 16:30:36 +1300

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    "Who Cares? What's The Point?" Podcasts About The Mind For People Who Think

    Project 2016-11-01 15:06:20 +1300

    Hi – my name is Sarb Johal, and I’m here to tell you about Who cares? What’s the point. - the podcast about the mind for people who think.
      
    When I was a PhD student, one of the slides me and a few of my fellow students included in every presentation we did said this; 'Who cares? What's the point?" This encouraged us to really double down and focus on why anyone should care about the research we were doing.
     
    This podcast does the same thing. I track down cutting edge researchers from around the globe publishing thought-provoking, and potentially game changing research about why we behave the way we do.
     
    I will invite them to tell us briefly about their research, and then I will prompt them to answer those two questions – who cares,  and what’s the point, focusing on the possible implications of their work. This way, you get to hear stories about how the mind works, without putting your mind to sleep.
     
    The style to be punchy and to the point, while giving enough space for the researcher to tell their story about their research.
     
    Season 1 is in the bag - and here’s the run down of the shows I have broadcast so far:
     
    1. Dr Matt Williams, New Zealand - What influence could climate change have on human aggression?
    2. A/Prof Claire Vallotton, USA - Father's parenting stress and toddler language development
    3. Prof Frank McAndrew, USA - The psychology of creepiness
    4. Dr Michael Philipp, NZ - Emoticons and emoji make your face muscles twitch
    5. A/Prof Brian Sharpless, USA - What do we know about sleep paralysis?
    6. Laurie Parma, UK - Mapping the link between biodiversity and our wellbeing
    7. Prof Sam Wineburg, USA - How to tell the difference between fact and fiction on a 'post-truth' internet
    8. Dr Eva Neely, NZ - What do we know about how food is used to foster social relationships for young women at school?
    9. Dr Bertel Teilfeldt Hansen, Denmark - Does turning to clocks back for winter-time lead to higher rates of depression?
    10. Dr Toby Mundel, NZ - Is there a link between dehydration and our experience of pain?
     
     
    You can check the show out at at Libsyn
     
    It's also on all major platforms, including Stitcher and iTunes
    So far, so good - we made it up to #3 in the NZ iTunes Social Sciences chart - I'm hoping to get to #1 and developing a worldwide profile to help my mission to promote communication of the art and science of psychology to a wider audience #scicomm
     
    What am I asking for?
     
    Running the show takes time and money. I have monthly hosting costs to pay for, for hosting the podcast files and for the website domain. It takes time and money to get the equipment together, to line up the interviewees, to record the interview, and also a fair amount of time invested in learning how to produce the show, and actually doing that production after getting the right software and tools. To get Season 2 going, I need to start to get some of these sunk costs back, and perhaps even get a bit of an advance on future hosting costs. I'd also think a separate whocareswhatsthepoint.com website will help immensely too. Please help!
     
    What’s next? 
     
    I am already scouting for Season 2, which I’d like to launch on February 21 - another Season of 10 shows, and then another Season - #3 - to be broadcast in May / June / July 2017. 
     
    If we get beyound the $2000, I’d like to publish books compiling all the interviews for each of the Seasons. These will take the the best of what our guests have to offer, making them available as e-books, and if the PledgeMe funds allow, actual REAL books - I know they’re getting popular again (who’d have thought that would happen)? Extra funds would help to meet editing and publishing costs to get this project going. I'll add stretch goals for the publishing project if we get funded!
     
    Why me?
     
    I have two doctoral level degrees in psychology – a research doctorate, and a clinical doctorate. I’ve worked in research, policy, and clinical settings, and I publish papers and do media. Let me be your guide as we tour the globe searching for the best psychology stories for Who cares? What’s the point?
     
    And like all good guides, you can tell me where you want to go, and I’ll take you there – if you pay me enough J
     
    Write to me and tell me what you’d like to cover, and I’ll do my darndest to cover a research story that gets you to where you’d like to be. Check out the pledge that enables you to do that.
     

    So, get ready for Who cares? What’s the point? - The podcast about the mind for people who think. Help me get the funds to get this going and to keep on going.

     

    You can follow me @sarb on twitter, and the podcast twitter account @wcwtp, and you can find the show on Facebook too https://www.facebook.com/wcwtp/

    Find out more about me at sarbjohal.com

     

     

     

    Comments

    Final few days - and new long reads on Sciblogs!

    13/03/2017 at 1:12 PM

    Hi all,

    If you have come here because you're intested in supporting the show, you're not too late. Your support helps this show to carry on happening.

    While you cliock and pledge, consider having a read of this new long read series I've started on Sciblogs.co.nz based on the conversations I have with the guests on the show. I think you'll find it riveting. The first one is on climate change and aggression. Have a read and perhaps leave a comment on what you think.

    Don't forget, happy to have a chat online if you'd like.

    Cheers

    Sarb

    Season 2 kicks off tomorrow

    20/02/2017 at 9:02 PM

    Hi 

    Thanks for stopping by if you've come here to check out the fundfaising campaign. If you can chip in a little (or a bit more) to cover the cost of Season 2, I'd very much appreciate it. If not, that's cool too. You can help in other ways.

    If you like the show, please follow us on twitter @wcwtp, and @sarb, and leave a review on iTunes - that really helps people to find the podcast.

    Thanks - and keep tuning in for new updates, and download Season 2 from tomorrow.

    Cheers

    Sarb

      DK
      2017-02-10 16:30:36 +1300

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