Monday, January 26, 2009

MindBlog does a gig on a happiness webcast/podcast

With some trepidation I signed on to be a talking head neuroscience 'expert' on the "Make Me Happy!" Radio Show with Drs. Aymee Coget and Bob Nozik as hosts last Friday, 4-5 p.m. pacific time. The one hour show is podcast until this friday at, or you can download the .mp3 file here. My interview starts 7 1/2 minutes into the program after a somewhat loopy new-agey california-style introduction. I just listened to the first few minutes of the interview, and I guess it is OK, although I'm pained that the number of "uh's" and "y'knows" is right up there with Caroline Kennedy's. I should mention to those of you who responded to my 'would you like some podcasts from MindBlog?' question affirmatively that my intentions are still good, but I just haven't found time to actually start doing them. Doing these postings and also keeping up piano performance and chamber music seems to take up more time than I have.


  1. Hi Deric,

    Not your podcast so I don't blame you for the forced laughing bit. But if you ever think of doing your own podcast I might volunteer the following rule: don't do anything on a podcast that you wouldn't do in public, say in a restaurant.

    Also, the ums and ahs come with the territory when the subject is so wide ranging. I'm sure your podcast will be much tighter and better focused. This podcast had enough potential material for 10 or 15 good podcasts.

    All the best, TW

  2. Hey, thanks for your comment. I am in fact going to do a first MindBlog podcast, and see how it goes. It will be considerably tighter than the happy show bit.

  3. Anonymous9:16 PM

    I agree with TW. I listen to a lot of podcasts and the ums and ahs are par for the course in unscripted presentations as far as I can tell. At least when the topic requires some degree of thoughtfulness. For example, I recently listened to a podcasted lecture on neuroscience and the lecturer commented at the beginning of his next podcast how he was shocked by his ahs and ums. I also read the blog entry of Ed Brayton after his first podcast and he had the same self observation.

    Maybe people pay particularly close attention to their own ums and ahs when listening to themselves. Maybe there is a podcast in there somewhere.

    I look forward to your first edition whatever the topic.

    You did great.

    Jon Newman

  4. Happiness comes to them who opens their door for small treats that life provides to them. So be happy and live longer!