Behind the Curtain

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Erik and I have been doing the BiCurean podcast for a little over a year. Our first episode was posted on Feb 15, 2018. I was so scared and excited. Erik has been a professional musician for most of his adult life, so his comfort with microphones was enviable as far as I was concerned. I struggled with feeling awkward and incompetent our first few episodes. I cringed when I listened to them to do show notes and updates. Erik was supportive and patient with me. Nowadays I almost don't notice the microphone.

Our original vision for the show was to interview guests and bring out the different contradictions they embody. We decided to start with just us. I didn't realize the amount of work I was signing on for. With guests, we can have them be the source material for the topic. Without guests, we are the source material. Being the source material means lots and lots of research. We are both committed to accuracy and strongly concerned with the impact of confirmation bias in our culture. Which means we want our content to be fair and as free of confirmation bias as we can achieve. This commitment means researching a show topic is somewhere between 3 and 6 hours. Depending on how much Erik or I already know about the topic and the availability of reliable resources.

Recording is usually the quickest part of the process. Erik has the skill and equipment to make our episodes sound the way we want them to sound. Once we are done with the show, he adds in the intro and outro. Sometimes he cuts a large pause or something a guest asked us to redo. And then he uploads it for me to work on. I upload it to our hosting service (Pippa) and request a transcript. They have an AI program that gives a rough transcription of the show. Once that finishes processing, I go through and correct the transcript. This takes about 2 times the length of the show. Then I listen through and create the show notes. I type out anything substantive that we reference that wasn’t in our original body of research and source materials. I double check anything we reference as a fact. I type out the keywords for the show and I create the short show description.

Next I create the snippets, those snazzy videos with the text of what we are saying. I publish the snippets on our different media streams to start getting the word out about our next episode. I update the show with the keywords, references, and any necessary corrections. Then I schedule it to publish.

All together the show research, recording, updates, and promotion can take 6-11 hours per show. And I love it, most every minute. It has been such an amazing experience to have the freedom to create this project that I have been