Randal launches The Tentative Apologist Podcast … soon

Posted on 03/07/13 9 Comments

Yes folks. My own podcast!

At present I’m planning to do The Tentative Apologist Podcast once a month. The format will consist of an interview with somebody smart and interesting and will probably run 45 minutes to an hour (because it takes at least that long to get into depth on any issue).

I even wrote a twenty five second piece of intro music on guitar so I can have my own theme! Oh yeah, and I have a great guest planned for my first interview and many more to follow. In April-May I’ll be at Notre Dame University and a conference in New York and I plan to record some interviews at each for upcoming episodes. Indeed, my aim is to be the most popular theology-apologetics podcast recorded by a Caucasian male who lives on the Canadian prairies and has two dogs.

Oh, and here’s some more good news. I just heard yesterday from Baker (my publisher, not a person who makes bread) that my copy of God or Godless has been mailed. That means that it should be shipping from Amazon and other booksellers in a couple weeks. So this seems to be a great time for you to get your copy. I have to say that you get a lot of book for a measly seven bucks at Amazon. I never had more fun writing a book than in putting together these debates with John W. Loftus. And here’s an idea: why don’t you do God or Godless in a book club? With twenty short debates you could get together to discuss four of the debates every time and be done in five weeks. And believe me, there is more than enough to discuss in each of those debates. If you were to ask me to summarize God or Godless in a brief alliterated phrase, I’d suggest this:

 pithy presentation … profound purport … plus punch-lines!

Okay that’s enough self-promotion … for now.

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  • Zeno

    Nice. I’ll certainly be listening to this podcast.

  • http://www.jrforasteros.com JR. Forasteros

    Can’t wait for the podcast!

    Also, are you looking for reviewers for your book? I’d love to do one with an atheist friend of mine!

    • http://www.randalrauser.com/ Randal Rauser

      I’ll email you the publicist’s contact info so you can forward your mailing address. Thanks for your interest!

  • Bryan L

    I rarely find podcasts I want to eagerly listen to every week. Usually the pace is not very good or the podcast isn’t edited well and too much stuff is left in that should be cut. A podcast that is a good example of how a podcast should be done (I think) is the Slate Culture Gabfest. The Political Gabfest is also done well. They keep the discussion interesting (light and serious topics, good disagreement that is unexpected) and moving at a good pace, often leaving you wanting more. Looking forward to checking your podcast out.

    • Rob Gressis

      This is a good point, Bryan L. Randal, do you have any models in mind for podcasts you find engaging? I think that the Philosopher’s Zone was quite good; Philosophy Bites is OK. Peter Adamson’s History of Philosophy without Any Gaps podcasts is really dry, though, unless he has a guest.

      One of the things that’s good about the Slate podcasts is that they have a structure: they always start out with the host and regular members talking (vaguely humorously) about how their week was, then the host introduces a segment, then the regular members respond to it. Sometimes they have a guest expert who explains things at length. And they always end with some little mini-rant or informative, zippy thing.

      • http://www.randalrauser.com/ Randal Rauser

        I agree with the point about bad podcasts. One thing that irritates me is when you have a podcast with three or four people sitting around a table talking. It is pretty easy to lose track of who is talking.

        Then to make matters worse, one of them will refer to some event in their midst but obviously invisible to the listener and they’ll all laugh.

        And to make matters worse, they all agree about everything or most everything.

        Podcasts like that are just plain boring.

        I’ll check out the Slate and Philosopher’s Zone. I don’t think I’ve listened to either (though I read Slate regularly on my phone).

        • Rob Gressis

          Slate’s podcasts are a little agreement heavy. The Philosopher’s Zone’s late host, Alan Saunders, had a wonderful voice and also asked really good questions–philosophically sophisticated, but explained clearly enough for an interested layperson to understand what he was asking and why.

  • R0c1

    Guests I hope you have:

    Craig, Licona, Gressis, Copen, Stark (Is he just doing movies these days?), Yudkowsky (dreaming here), Muehlhauser (still dreaming), Plantinga (I don’t really care, but it could give the show some status), Lowder, Parsons, Fales, Law, Draper,

    … and most of all Squid314 (seriously).

  • http://www.facebook.com/erroll.treslan Erroll Treslan

    Yudkowsky and Rauser. That would be a must listen.