Well, this isn’t a conventional episode of the podcast, folks, but we think it’s worth listening to anyway. It’s a bit short (about 35 minutes), and off of our normal format and structure. We just didn’t have a bunch of news for the week, it was hot as hell, and we were wanting to talk about the changes to the show we are putting in place.
So, we have reclassified ourselves in iTunes under the ‘News and Politics’ section, with ‘Religion and Spirituality – Other’ second, and ‘Science – Natural Sciences’ as the third. We have talked in the past about our focus, and we think a slight shift in that focus will help us produce a better show.
The fact of the matter is that most of the articles we ended up covering that were about religion, we covered because they were about politics, human rights, or civil rights. We were focusing on the religious angle because that has been my focus for a while now, and I was the one putting the show together. However, we realized pretty quickly that we were really enjoying doing the podcast, but trying to find and decide on articles was getting a bit testy. We are best friends, we don’t necessarily agree on everything we cover, and we think that’s a big part of what makes our conversations interesting. That said, we are not looking to be confrontational for effect, and we feel this will be more organic.
For those of you coming from the atheist visibility movement who have enjoyed the show thus far – don’t stress. The show will likely not change a whole lot. The craziness we see out there still has a bunch of religious sources, and many of the articles we’ve covered would still be included under the ‘new’ format. The structure won’t change much, if at all. Also, we haven’t changed. I am still an agnostic atheist antitheist, and Brian is still a believer with a big brain. Our friendship and banter haven’t gone anywhere, and we’re getting more comfortable with the funny. We have officially dropped the news game, but that is really OK since we typically have some listener feedback and/or follow up news to talk about, and the game sucked. We also have been making much more of an effort to stick to our stated time frame of around an hour. While I love the longer podcasts I listen to, we do understand that not everyone has an hour and a half to spend listening to a couple of assholes talk about the news.
In any case, we hope you enjoy Episode 19 of the Broadly Focused Podcast, and we look forward to hearing from you!