“Let us provide you with a real ESP experience” – These were the closing
words of a trailer for the first European Skeptics Podcast (TheESP) done by András G. Pintér, vice president of the Hungarian Skeptic Society and co-host of the new, bi-weekly skeptic show. The first (pilot) episode came out on Wednesday 18th November and is available online on SoundCloud, iTunes and Stitcher.
I know, in many countries, the following paragraph would be completely unnecessary, but since this initiative set up the goal of reaching many people from many different countries, there’s a good chance you are not really familiar with the term ‘PODCAST’, so we might as well linger a bit over it. You can find a nice summary of the concept here, but let me try to sum it up for you: The term is coming from the words ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast’, but it has nothing to do with the ‘i’ products (at least not any more). Practically we are talking about an “offline” radio program that is issued at regular intervals (daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly etc.) and can be downloaded using a simple internet browser. Regular podcast listeners generally install a free podcast reader to their PC or mobile phone and subscribe to an rss feed, generated by the provider. That app will automatically download any new podcast episodes for you to listen. You can find podcasts on basically any topic. But most of them are produced in English, just like the one this post is reviewing. After clarifying basic terminology, let’s jump onto reviewing the new podcast. As being an interviewee on the first episode, I am not really unbiased, that’s why I’ll start with the first reaction, that came from the skeptical activist, professional photographer and “Wikipediatrician”, Susan Gerbic on Facebook: