Pausing our weekly programmes

Hi gang,

After nearly five years, we’ve decided to take a break from our weekly programmes here at The Pod Delusion.

The reason for this change is fairly predictable: The two of us (James and Liz) are simply too busy – and are struggling to fit producing an hour of audio every week into a schedule where we also have other voluntary commitments, let alone a need to earn a living! So rather than let the show suffer as a result, we’ve decided the best thing to do is to take a brief pause.

To reflect for a brief moment, it has been an incredible half decade. The show has grown to have many thousands of listeners every week, we’ve seen so many incredible contributions to the show and our guest-list is a who’s-who of interesting figures from politics, science, technology, comedy. Speaking personally, it has been amazing both for professional reasons, and also because I can tick-off having met the vast majority of my personal heroes (I mentioned we interviewed Chris Hadfield, right?).

It has been amazing, but like I say, exhausting.

We’d obviously like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the show – there’s far too many contributors to name individually, but without your contributions the show would be nothing. It has been a team effort – and everyone has brought incredible things to the Pod Delusion table. Similarly, we’d like to thank everyone who listens and all of the organisations we’ve worked with for supporting the show (most notably the British Humanist Association and Resonance FM).

Worry not though – this is very definitely not the end, and is more of a break to catch our breath. We plan to keep making special programmes, but want the flexibility not to have to produce a programme on a weekly basis. One such future special will be on the World Humanist Congress in August – and we hope to have released at least a couple more in addition before then. Our intention currently is also to go back to weekly programmes later in the year (maybe even in a couple of months, work-load depending). We’re also working on one or two other secret things that should be fun, should they see the light of day.

In the meantime, you can find me (James) on Twitter, YouTube, and my personal website. By day, I am a freelance writer and broadcaster, so I’d love to hear from you if you’d like me to write or produce audio/video content for you – I specialise in consumer technology though can also talk more broadly about technology, politics, international relations, skepticism and media.

Similarly, you can find Liz on Twitter or on her blog – or inevitably co-starring in all of the stuff that I do.

We’re also both trustees of the excellent Conway Hall in London – so do check that out if you like similar stuff to what is on The Pod Delusion. Better still, join up as a member!

You can also still follow The Pod Delusion on Twitter for updates on when we do make new stuff – or of course subscribe to our RSS feed.

Thanks again for all of the support over the last few years – we’ll be back!

Cheers,

James and Liz

4 thoughts on “Pausing our weekly programmes

  1. Oh! Well, perhaps all us contributors should use the intervening time to store up a load of pieces ready for when you come back. Also, we should go out on a Thursday night now because you can.

  2. Well, if you two don’t deserve a break, I don’t know who does! This is definitely the right decision.

    I agree with David, too – we will continue to be on the lookout for Interesting Things ready for a triumphant return.

  3. I often wondered how you managed it – you’ve worked incredibly hard to keep up the podcast.

    Like David Landon Cole I’m not sure now if the various pieces I’d been thinking I might record for you (the pros and cons of vaping, for example) are things I should forget about for now, or go ahead and record so you’ve got lots to choose from when you next do an episode.

  4. I’m proud to say I contributed two more pieces than most of the humans on the planet! I hope this isn’t the end of the show, in an ideal world you would find some way to do it full time.

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