Sometimes, thinks piss me off. Yeah, I know that comes as a surprise, but quite often, I listen to podcasts that just bug me, mostly because of their focus, when they talk about it, on liberal politics. Not too long ago, there was one that I was warned I’d hate, was told that it would spawn a pile of posts, and it did, but what it also did was get me thinking.
The sad thing is, there just aren’t any atheist podcasts that I’m aware of that have a conservative bent, at least I’ve never found one. I’d love to know if there are. There are some that are totally apolitical, but those tend to be few and far between, most of them are distinctly liberal and, to be honest, pretty emotional.
So I had a really stupid thought that I started kicking around, what about having a conservative atheist podcast? I immediately brought this up to @jeh704 on Twitter, since he’s one of the very few other conservative atheists I know, and he thought it was a good idea, but honestly, I want more out of it than that. See, I have listened to a lot of podcasts over the years and most of them start to sound alike. They start to fall into a couple of distinctive categories and while I do want to borrow some of those concepts, the fact is, I’d rather create something unique.
Some of the ideas I’ve currently got rolling around in my head are:
1. Organized. Lots of podcasts are just a bunch of guys sitting in a room shooting the breeze. More often than not, they never seem to accomplish anything, the discussion just meanders around until they run out of time. No thanks. If I’m going to do something, I want it to be segmented into definable sections. This section for news, this section for this, this section for that. We don’t have to hit all of those sections in every show but I don’t want shows to just wander.
2. Rational. This is a big one, I think, I really don’t want to see yet another overly-emotional podcast where people just react off the cuff without stopping to think about it first. Now I know podcasts are pretty spontaneous and you don’t really have a chance to go do research when something comes up, but at least I want it to seem like we’ve thought about it a little bit.
3. Educational. A lot of atheist podcasts, they just take news stories and laugh at them and while I think that’s certainly worth doing to some degree, I want to provide more. There are some, like Reasonable Doubts, that have segments where they try to inform the listener about various gods, etc. I want something like that.
4. Not guest-heavy. Lots of podcasts just have a different guest on every single week, mostly so they don’t have to do that much work, they just lay it on the guest. While I’m certainly not adverse to having guests from time to time, I don’t want that to be the majority of what we do.
That’s about all I’ve come up with so far, I wanted to see what others think, what they’d like to see in a podcast, etc. I’m also curious what people think is a good name, so far I’m not coming up with anything clever.
The lines are open, let’s get some calls.