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Wondering where episode 15 (for September 2008) is? If you haven’t heard the last few minutes of episode 14, then you missed my explaining that I need to put this podcast on indefinite hiatus.

I have enjoyed producing this podcast immensely, and I’m sorry to let it go, even if this does end up being a temporary separation.

I had hoped that the 40-60 hours that I spent producing each episode would dwindle as I became more adept with the audio technology. However, I found that even with some experience, the audio took considerable time, as did the research for each episode. I’m finding I cannot sustain that chunk of time each month, what with my other personal and professional commitments. And I’m not willing to sacrifice quality just to keep things going in skeletal form.

As I said at the end of episode 14, I hope that you will continue to enjoy the existing episodes, which are still available here and on iTunes. If you’re looking for related programming, you can find some of my favorite podcasts linked in the sidebar at right.

Perhaps one of you will even pick up the torch and begin a podcast of your own on the history of science. Please feel free to get in touch if you do. I’ll be happy to talk over your plans with you.

Best wishes,



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New RSS feed

(To some of you, the subject line of this post and what I am about to say will be complete gibberish. If it is, then what follows probably doesn’t affect you, so fret not.)

I have changed the RSS feed for the podcast. This is only an issue if you have subscribed to the podcast using a podcatcher that is not iTunes.

  • If you subscribe via iTunes, then your subscription should have shifted over automatically.
  • If you subscribe using another podcatcher, you will need to resubscribe using the RSS feed listed at the right. (Look for the orange icon.)
  • If you listen to the podcast directly from the website (that is, if you click on “Listen to this episode”), then this change will not affect you.

My apologies for the inconvenience. If you must know, I got fed up with Libsyn’s poor excuse for a statistics generator.

Right. Let’s all get back to something more interesting.

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The sixth episode is running a little late, but will be up by the end of the first week in January.

The seventh episode will be back on schedule for the end of January. My apologies for the delay.

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The first episode of The Missing Link will go online this summer. More details coming soon.

In the meantime, I’m soliciting ideas for a regular segment that will be featured on the show. The segment will feature brief reviews and excerpts of books (or other media) on the history of science that are accessible to a broad audience. If you have a book to recommend, please leave a comment here.

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