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Re: It's funny because it's true...



"Radio" is bigger than radio! There are many worthwhile science podcasts, only 
a fraction of which have any relationship to actual AM/FM broadcasts.

A great example is "Monster Talk," a podcast sponsored by various skeptic 
organizations, which takes a scientific, skeptical approach to various 
monster-related myths (bigfoot, ghosts, Loch Ness monster, etc.). Monster Talk 
has featured paleontologists for hour-long interviews on several occasions, 
including Dr. Darren Naish!

A 24-hour paleontology radio channel is indeed unrealistic, but a weekly 
half-hour-long podcast could hit the spot. Er, having said this, if anyone is 
inspired by this post to work on that, or knows of something like this already, 
let's be in touch! There's a lot of potential - and a lot of hard work - in 
this idea. Propriety be damned, I've been ruminating about this by myself for 
too long!  That being said, I have a lot of ideas penned for this type of a 
podcast.

Enthusiastically,

Demetrios Vital


-----Original Message-----
From: "Mark Witton" <Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk>
Sender: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:54:20 
To: David Orr<chasmosaurs@gmail.com>
Reply-To: Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk
Cc: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Subject: Re: It's funny because it's true...

I wonder if radio would actually be a good medium for palaeontology outreach: 
plenty of palaeontologists speak charismatically and enthusiastically about 
their work, which makes them ideal candidates for guest spots on radio shows. 
Without needing to produce exciting visuals all the time, programme makers 
could allow scientists to actually discuss their topics at relative length, not 
covey years worth of research in a few snappy sentences. And the pictures 
conjured up in the minds of listeners will be just as fantastic (and perhaps 
more realistic) than a lot of the CG work in typical palaeodocumentaries. 

Try telling this to radio broadcasters, though.

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>>> David Orr <chasmosaurs@gmail.com> 06/30/11 2:28 pm >>>
My thoughts exactly...

Maybe we should bravely, if naïvely, be shooting for docs on
paleontology that do not rely on CGI reconstructions.

David

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On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 4:42 AM, Mark Witton <Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk> wrote:
> "We should be aiming at David Attenborough..."
>
> Well, you say that:
> http://pterosaur-net.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-despair-pterosaurs-and-david.html
>  
>
>
>
> --
>
> Dr. Mark Witton
> www.markwitton.com 
> Palaeobiology Research Group
> School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
> University of Portsmouth
> Burnaby Building
> Burnaby Road
> Portsmouth
> PO1 3QL
>
> Tel: (44)2392 842418
> E-mail: Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk 
>
> If pterosaurs are your thing, be sure to pop by:
>
> - Pterosaur.Net: www.pterosaur.net 
> - The Pterosaur.Net blog: http://pterosaur-net.blogspot.com/ 
> - My pterosaur artwork: www.flickr.com/photos/markwitton 
>
>
>>>> kelly wicks <kwicks78@gmail.com> 29/06/2011 22:58 >>>
> Rescued from Trunication.
>
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> Media engagement is not the problem. The problem is the media we engage
> with
> are generally idiots, and the prevailing paradigm for palaeo
> 'documentaries'
> is bombastic, sensationalist garbage. We should be aiming at David
> Attenborough, whereas at the moment we seem to be quite happy to work
> with
> Michael Bay. Maybe we should demand, if not creative control over our
> public
> image, then at least creative veto.
>
> Viv
>
>
>
> On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM, Vivian Allen
> <mrvivianallen@googlemail.com> wrote:
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