The latest episode introduced a new format. From what I could gather, this is not the new format for all shows going forward but more of subset style of episode called “Skepticality on the side.” I believe the regular podlette and interviews will continue. I am not sure if it reveals the show has come full circle, gone retro, or taken a step backwards. The new format is a panel discussion where four skeptics discuss topics of note or at least something they would like to get off their chest. The panel consisted of Skepticality alums Derek, Susan Gerbic, Tim Farley, and Bob Blaskiewicz, and it seems future panels could include other alums such as Eve Siebert.
|King Arthur hosts proto panel discussion podcast|
In general, I thought the “on the side” episode worked. Yet, for a show that kicked off skeptical podcasting and has generally been more innovative over the years, producing a panel/roundtable style of podcast does come across as fresh. This style of podcast is already on the market in spades. On the other hand, Skepticality has already built up a ready audience receiving the RSS field. I suspect many others already have other panel type show in their queue. I am not saying this cannot succeed. I am just noting that it is a saturated market. There might be an audience but its an audience already with a lot of choices for this format. All that being noted, I look forward to listening to the next couple of “on the side” episodes.