Wednesday, January 25, 2017 35 Comments
TEN years and still going strong
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Another article in the Brain Based Resources Series
with content reblogged from an article back in 2012
“On the Brain Science Podcast we explore how recent scientific discoveries are unraveling age-old mysteries, such as intelligence, emotions, personality, and memory.
We also look at why the brain is much more complex than any computer yet devised.” ~ Dr. Ginger Campbell
The Podcast for Everyone who has a Brain
I have been singing the praises of Dr. Ginger Campbell’s fascinating Brain Science Podcast for years now.
It is one of my very favorite ways of keeping step as science marches on.
Given that she is currently celebrating her Ten Year Anniversary, I decided it was time for me to introduce it anew.
I have many new readers since I wrote my first article urging everyone to check it out.
If you are not already listening, you are missing a fascinating brain-based resource that will make you feel like you have your own neuro-PhD after listening to a few episodes.
In the years since her podcast launched, Ginger has interviewed quite a few leading scientists and writers, many of whom have now become subscribers themselves. I have described a mere FIVE of these below, hoping to whet your appetite for more.
Woven throughout her interviews are episodes with book summaries and topic-focused informational “lectures” in her own voice, and supporting all is a web-based discussion forum, a FaceBook Group, and her comprehensive website. Her ShowNotes are top-notch too.
My much earlier unsolicited RAVE offers brief descriptions and links to particular interviews of individuals whose names long-time readers of ADDandSoMuchMORE.com will recognize from articles here.
I hope that you will jump over to skim that post as well – and jump from there to Ginger’s Brain Science Podcast website to give yourselves a real treat.
For ANYONE who has a brain
There are now over 130 interview episodes available, the show has been ranked #1 on iTunes™, and BSP has enjoyed well over 2 million downloads.
- It’s so popular because she manages somehow to appeal to long time “neuro-geeks” and newbie non-scientists alike.
- She makes the content easily accessible, not only by adding her own comments to back-fill information that she understands but WE might not – but also by pointing to resources and other podcasts in the series to add additional depth to the conversation for those who want more.
The most recent episodes of the series can be streamed for free, and can also be downloaded to play on another device without charge. Although donations are appreciated, for those who can swing it, you can download several years worth of brain candy for absolutely nothing.
For those of you who prefer to read (or for those who want to do both), a transcript of each episode is available in pdf format for a measly dollar. I happily pay $1.00 for my pdf downloads — they’re more than worth it!
You can EVEN listen on your smart phone. If you want to stream to your cell, there’s an ap available for an extremely reasonable charge.
Listen while you work, exercise, or relax
While there’s nothing quite like reading the book to add depth to your learning, one of the things I LOVE about this podcast is the intelligence of the interview.
Not only is Ginger a wonderful interviewer, she does her homework before she speaks with each guest. She asks just the right questions to make sure her listeners get the “meat” of the content – and she gives her guests PLENTY of time to develop a thought.
- She also does everything she can to make sure that everyone in her target audience (“anyone with a brain”) gets full value out of each episode.
- For interviews of concepts and ideas that might be more complex than new listeners could be expected to grasp on first listening, immediately following the interview itself she returns to summarize, and to cover anything that she feels needs a bit of extra explanation.