Desiree Schell is the host of Skeptically Speaking, the first live skeptic and science themed radio talk show. Skeptically Speaking is produced at CJSR in Edmonton, Alberta, and airs on Friday night from 8 to 9 Eastern. More information and links to stream the show or download the podcast are at http://skepticallyspeaking.com.
On Skeptically Speaking, we discuss a wide range of skeptical and science topics with a variety of people that you might not have heard of. Well, you may have heard of Adam Savage, Phil Plait or Randall Munroe, but that’s beside the point.
We also do interviews with people like you. Yes, you. The woman organizing a skeptical event. The guy who has a bone to pick with with a specific pseudoscience. The person who has a new website or podcast. Our Speaking Up segment gives you the chance to get the word out to skeptical people all over the world.
Let’s face it, outreach is part of skepticism. We all do it, whether we’re talking to our parents about why they shouldn’t buy into that multilevel marketing scheme, explaining the misinformation around the H1N1 vaccine with our coworkers, or forwarding that snopes.com entry on why typing in your PIN number backward on the ATM machine does not, in fact, summon the police.
But what if you want to take your skeptical activism one step further? Maybe you’ve been asked to represent your local skeptics group on a panel, and you’ve never spoken in front of an audience. Or you’re a blogger that’s been doing some great work, and the mainstream media has asked you for a comment. How can you be sure that you can speak to the issues in a clear and effective way?
What better way to get some real-world practice than on a friendly, rational skeptical radio show? The show airs live in Edmonton, Alberta and is rebroadcast throughout Canada, the US and online. You can reach out to thousands of people who are already open to and interested in what you have to offer, while also getting some valuable public speaking experience.
The whole Skeptically Speaking team is committed to skepticism as a community; the best way to keep that community thriving is to stay connected, and to encourage each other in our endeavours. We’ll work with you to make sure that your piece is radio-ready, and you’re as comfortable as you can be. People are doing some great things out there, and we think everyone should hear about them.
If you’re ready to have your say, do send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Speaking Up” in the subject line, tell us a bit about what you’d like to discuss, and we’ll contact you to set up your very own 5 -7 minutes of live, on-air goodness.
In Skeptical Solidarity,
[EDITOR'S NOTE: I took advantage of an invitation to appear on Speaking Up when we launched GrassrootsSkeptics.org in September of 2009. Despite my nerves, I managed to sound halfway competent, and the exposure was extremely valuable in helping get the word out.]