The Ihnatko Almanac has just celebrated the release of its 100th episode. While the Alamanac is not a skeptic podcast, Mr. Ihnatko with his discussions of tech, movie, and comic book nerdery does have a fair amount of overlap with many skeptics' general interests. Also, as I have noted before, Ihnatko is one of the best talents in podcasting today. While I may not always agree with his opinions on tech gear and pop culture items, I never cease enjoying him discussing such matters. In part, it is because he understands what he is doing is not radio, it is not television, and it is not even video on the web; no, he embraces the podcast.
One of the items he discusses on this episode is actually how egalitarian the podcasting format is for being to record and share. All one needs is a microphone, some basic software, a not so expensive computer of some sort and one is off to the races. Unlike video, how one looks and, beyond some basic audio clarity issues, how one sounds is far less important than the content. Content is king with podcasts. As a bonus, podcasts can be enjoyed by nearly anyone one who has their smartphone with them.
Yes, some folks are more polished and skilled in the verbal arts than others. One can have the most dulcet voice, but if the content is not there week in and week out the audience won’t be there. Ihnatko has this conversation with Dan Benjamin the head of the 5by5 network who also understands and embraces the media. Yes, Ihnatko also appears on the T.W.i.T. network which has audio and video, and while T.W.i.T. is very slick, Leo Leporte treats it like live radio or television. Leo is talking to a crowd while Ihnatko and Benjamin are talking to you the individual.