What are You Going to Do with That? Getting The Message Out: Why podcasts are important for formal and informal learning and why we do what we do.



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In this episode, I talk with Danni Reches and Ido Rosenzweig, host and producer of ‘What are you going to do with that?’ podcast about their experiences hosting and producing an educational podcast series. Danni and Ido are both based in the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa in Israel.  Their podcast highlights the work of PhD students and early career researchers about the varying aspects of their research and academic journey.

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Ido and Danni share the inspiration behind the podcast and their desire to share widely not only the success, challenges and struggles that early career researchers face, but also their desire to convey these stories in a way that others can relate to.  Since the launch of their podcast, they have interviewed early career researchers from all over the world and discuss important research that encompasses everything from the study of bananas to baseball and transnational migration.

Most don’t realize the work that goes into the production of a podcast from start to finish.  Both Danni and Ido make sure that their guests are in a comfortable space and place to talk about their journey and share their stories.  As the producer, Ido spends time with their guests ahead of the recording, listening to their stories, finding out exactly what they hope to get out of the conversation together, the message they want to convey, and taking detailed notes for Danni, the host.  Danni has a keen interest in mental health awareness in academia, so she always has a glass of amaretto and encourages their guests to bring along their beverage of choice to calm nerves, break the ice, and help make the interview space feel warm and inviting.  As if two friends are sharing a cuppa and a chat together.

Danni and Ido share funny experiences in past interviews and talk about how they handle sensitive issues that sometimes come up in conversations.  They discuss what they have learned as podcasters along the way, and learning that is constantly transforming.  Everything from developing new technical skills, mastering new social media platforms for promotion and networking, to improving listening and speaking skills, and unique perspectives gained from the research of their guests.

Ido explains that podcasts are important for conveying a message, for putting new and innovative research in the spotlight, and making learning and knowledge widely accessible.  There is something for everyone and the topics are endless.  We agree that independent podcasters are so incredibly supportive of one another, and collaborations like this one expand your reach as a podcast and make for interesting discussions from varying perspectives.  There is a sense of community among podcasters and you can find a sense of belonging through social media platforms like Twitter and YouTube.

As we conclude our conversation, Danni and Ido have some tips, tricks and advice for anyone who might be interested in starting their own podcast.  Ido wisely advises that podcasting is a commitment, have a clear understanding of the message you want to convey before you start, and don’t get discouraged.  ‘Remember, no one becomes a hit show overnight and don’t get caught up in the numbers’.  Be patient with yourself and learn as you go.  A really fun and fascinating conversation from one podcaster to another.  Come, #ListenAndLearn

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References to Twitter accounts we’ve mentioned today.

Fernando – @Ferchucky

Sophie – @InfraRedRum


Shelley Turner




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