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Suggestion for the Podcast in general

by Slikkster / February 14, 2008 7:36 AM PST

Hi Tom/Rafe:

I've been thinking about this for awhile, and thought I'd run it by you guys and the forum folk:

Let me start with one truism: No one can be an expert on every topic, tech or otherwise.

That said, I've been thinking about how a format change in the podcast might benefit all (again, just my humble opinion).

How about this: Why not do interviews with experts on particular topics, rather than trying to cover all the bases on a subject that you both might not be "expert" in? You (Tom/Rafe) could present your questions, and/or questions from forum members to these geniuses in their field, and everyone would learn in the process. This doesn't have to be in-person interviews; phoners would be fine.

I'm not saying that this should or needs to be done with EVERY topic, either. Obviously you both have a wealth of knowledge on a variety of subjects that can be passed along very effectively in the podcasts. But to me, it sometimes sounds like you both are kind of feeling your way around when presenting this information, rather than possessing the detailed knowledge of the subject matter that one would ideally want to have when presenting it in a podcast.

Just my thoughts. Thanks for considering.


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The Silence is Deafening
by Slikkster / February 24, 2008 12:27 AM PST

heheh I guess I have my answer. File 13!

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Guest Guru? I like it.
by punterjoe / February 24, 2008 1:59 AM PST

I suppose the only question is, if you're asking an expert about stuff you don't know, how can you be sure they're really an expert and not a convincing bluffer (or sincerely misinformed).
Hmm. Maybe they could do a "guess the real expert" episode where they have 3 guests and only one really knows what they're talking about. It could be a tech twist on the old 'to tell the truth' gameshow format, where the audience could submit a single question for a single guest and in the end vote on which of the experts is 'the real deal'. Actually, that idea may be better suited for CNET-Live (say April fools edition).
Still, I really like the idea of a visiting expert cameo. Easy for me to say, since I don't have to do any of the extra work to setup or produce the podcast. Happy

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It is an excellent idea
by acedtect / February 25, 2008 3:58 AM PST
In reply to: Guest Guru? I like it.

And I've tried to do it in the past. I got Cory Doctorow for DRM for instance. And it's something I'd like to do mroe of. The problem is time and resources. I, like PunterJoe, want to get true experts, which means ferreting them out contacting them and booking them. Not making excuses here, but I only have so much of my week I can devote to RD, so I don't want to promise something I can't deliver on. Thats why I've always been open to having guest experts on but never made it a standardized part of the show.

But the premises here are all very very god.

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