We welcome critique and feedback.
Here is some that we have received from our stakeholders and some from commentators.
Each episode of SoundMinds Radio offers an accessible, thoughtful window into the thinking that feeds academic research. Broadcast weekly, the show explores ideas and discussions about contemporary life that aren’t often surfaced, and rarely in depth, in mainstream media.
Rendered with light sound design, a penchant for vocal effects and a somewhat lo-fi aesthetic, SoundMinds is fuelled by the curiosity that compels researchers. The show is a collaboration between Michael Schubert (Byron Bay) and Dallas Rogers (Sydney), and is produced with the assistance of a Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) Content Production Grant.
The best thing about Sound Minds Radio is they tackle questions about what make us tick as humans, in fact they tackle the most important questions that sadly are often not asked.
Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery, Higher Degree Research Director, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Western Sydney University. Hannah featured in Childbirth, midwives, hospitals and home; & never the twain shall meet?
I wholeheartedly support the work of SoundMinds Radio. They develop high quality content in an accessible format. They give voice to diverse viewpoints and create programs which synthesis complex ideas into highly engaging and entertaining listening. This gives researchers such as myself an invaluable opportunity to reach audiences beyond academia, both in Australia and internationally.
Scott McKinnon, Vice-Chancellor’s Post Doctoral Research Fellow. Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong.Scott featured in LGBTI and Disaster Relief.
The best thing about SoundMinds Radio is the way that research can have an impact to a wide audience – using the mixed media of interviews and narrative to describe the relevance of research to urban and rural, old and young audiences with an Australian flavour, but with an international reach.
Andrew Butt, Senior Lecturer, Community Planning and Development, Department of Social Enquiry. Program Coordinator: Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning. Director: Engagement, Community and Outreach. La Trobe University.Andrew featured in Factory Farming and urban planning: Killing two million birds with one zone.
The podcast I took part in for SoundMinds probably got the best (and most interesting) traction from any piece of media I’ve done as an academic. It got reposted all over the place and has been something that I’ve shared quite often as an accessible entry point into my work and my ideas, especially when I want to engage with stakeholders outside of academia.
The best thing about the project is that it allows informed research and ideas to reach a wide audience, but with a lot more depth than the standard ‘sound bites’ that conventional journalism often wants from academics. But it also didn’t require huge time commitments from me either (something researchers are painfully short of). Because the SoundMinds series is so effectively edited and presented, I was basically able to chat with Dallas about my research, and then have the amazing experience of having that woven into a really compelling and well-put together piece of radio content. None of the nuance was lost, but it was put together in such a way that it was accessible to a wide range of community listeners.
In the somewhat terrifying ‘post-truth’ era, the kinds of lines of real connection between academic knowledge and the community that a project like SoundMinds can offer are invaluable and I hope to continue to get to listen, share and learn via the project.
Shanthi Robertson, Senior Research Fellow (ARC DECRA) at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Shanthi featured in The Migrant, the Refugee and the Border.
For me, the best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is the diversity of guests providing listeners with a range of views and experiences. I appreciate the project’s aim to represent research and researchers to the public in an accessible format and to create a narrative element that informs the listener in the words of the academic, not simply a dry interview or soundbites. It is a high-quality, thoughtfully-conceived platform that offers an important interface between researchers and the public. I also believe that SoundMinds provides a vital archive of material that should be supported and preserved for future listeners.
John Ryan, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Medical School. John featured in Seasons of Change: Nature vs Calendars.
The best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is that it creates a narrative element that informs the listener in the words of the academic, not simply a dry interview or soundbites.
Alejandra Villanueva, PhD Candidate, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Alejandra featured as a producer in Hypermasculinity and Sports.
I’ve done many interviews through the years, but the one with you stands out among the best. I felt that you really got into the tooth and fang of my work. Too often, interviewers ask questions that are fairly shallow or even kind of lame, and I think this really insults listeners. But your Qs were excellent and really set the tone for a fun interview, and I think this came across really well. They should clone you!!!!
Lisa Gershwin, Research Scientist CSIRO aka Dr Jellyfish. Lisa naturally featured in Jellyfish: Aliens, Assassins or Adventurers.
The best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is that it provides a bridge between research and a wide audience. With the ever-increasing need for science communication, SoundMinds serves an important role connecting listeners to unique perspectives.
Dr Lisa Williams, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of NSW. Lisa featured in Deconstructing Pride.
The best thing is that this is a genuinely innovative project of knowledge translation where research and researchers can reach wider audiences locally and internationally and in an accessible format.
Dr Juan Francisco Salazar is a cultural and media anthropologist and Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society and associate member of the Digital Humanities Research Group. Juan is featured in What The Antarctic Teaches Us about The Science of Space Exploration.
The best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is in-depth analysis and commentary on important topics which you don’t often get on radio, combined with great production values.
Distinguished Professor Ien Ang is a Professor of Cultural Studies and was the founding Director of the Institute for Culture and Society. She is one of the leaders in cultural studies worldwide, with interdisciplinary work spanning many areas of the humanities and social sciences. Professor Ang featured in our first episode, The Migrant, The Refugee and The Border.
It’s great that the SoundMinds Radio project brings research directly from the researchers to the public in an accessible and engaging way. We need more understanding of science and its importance in the general community, and SoundMinds is providing an avenue for this.
Dr Anina Rich is an Associate Professor and ARC Research Fellow in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Anina is featured in Hearing Colours, Seeing Sounds: Lessons from Synaesthesia.
The best thing about the SoundMinds Radio project is that the program allows for a much more in-depth conversation and discussion about individual researcher’s or other expert’s field of work, the relevance of this work to contemporary issues and interests, their own history of involvement in the area or project, their perspective on what the implications of their findings are, or the trajectory of the issue or issues that they are addressing, particular frustrations or regrets, etc. It is rare in today’s hectic academic and professional world to be able to have a conversation, to simply discuss, in response to informed questions, the challenges, highlights, and intersecting complexities of more serious engagements with either real world problems or more advancement of knowledge horizons. All of this opens the windows and doors of the seeming ivory towers and research labs of contemporary universities and technology centres, allowing for a nice break from one’s typical routine, and an opportunity to more informally share one’s ideas, reflective thoughts, and sense of where things are headed.
SoundMinds occupies a very distinctive and valuable niche in Australia’s public outreach mindspace, providing a more accessible and conversational Public Understanding of Science venue and medium, hosted by a very engaging and knowledgeable academic/researcher/radio journalist and commentator.
It very much deserves all of the foundational, governmental, or other sources of support that might be available.
Professor Joseph Reser, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Emeritus Reader in Social and Environmental Psychology, University of Durham. Joseph is featured in Climate Change : Personal Experience Catalyses Acceptance and Motivation.
The best thing about SoundMinds Radio is the broad scope of interesting psychology podcasts.
Associate Professor John Malouf, University of New England.Walk a mile in my shoes: teaching and learning empathy John is featured in.