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Time to vote!

Attention all readers! The final round of voting for the Public Radio Talent Quest is now live. This is the big one, so I once again need everybody’s help. Log on to the Talent Quest site, listen to my entry, and vote for me (preferably five stars but hey, some of you believe in free will and all that, so . . .).

While you’re there, listen to some of the other entries. All the contestants have done a really fantastic job, and I think no matter what we’ll end up with three interesting new voices for public radio.

The direct link to my entry is Feel free to, you know, pass that along to friends, family, and everyone you’ve ever met. If I win this round, I will win the resources to put together a pilot episode of a radio show, which I will then pitch to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for funding. If all goes well, we could soon have a fun, skeptical show on public radio. Whee!

Throughout this week of voting, I’ll be posting some extra photos, videos, and commentary on my experiences making the demo. In the meantime, go check out my 5-minute demo and let me know what you think. Nice comments posted to my entry on the Talent Quest page are always appreciated!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. There's one guy in the finalists that is so monotonous and quiet. How did that happen?

    Rebecca, even if I wasn't biased towards your awesomeness, you would have been my favorite among these entrants. Good luck!

  2. Nice job! Well-timed and you sounded like a veteran commentator. I think it's your best effort so far and it plays to exactly why I make one of my daily visits on the web. It sounded perfect for NPR and I think it would complement their Science Fridays rather nicely.

    Since I'm out of the loop on modern music these days, what was the song and artist on your background soundtrack?

    Good luck!

  3. JanieBelle wrote:

    If you’re giving them away for free, I prefer purple.

    I may be mistaken, but I believe knowledge of one's birthday is in order for such presents to grace your doorstep. Oh, and knowledge of the location of said doorstep of course …

    Come to think of it, since she moved to a new appartment I'm missing #2 as far as rebecca is concerned, and with only a month left to find something to send :?

  4. exarch said:

    I may be mistaken, but I believe knowledge of one’s birthday is in order for such presents to grace your doorstep. Oh, and knowledge of the location of said doorstep of course …

    Oh I was just clownin', exarch. Kate and I have filled two dresser drawers with an assortment of "stuff".

    But Valentine's Day 1989 is the date in question, just so y'know.

    Come to think of it, since she moved to a new appartment I’m missing #2 as far as rebecca is concerned, and with only a month left to find something to send

    Hmm… I'm not finding #2 for Rebecca, either. Perhaps she's decided she'd rather not be inundated… :)


  5. That really was a good piece of work, Rebecca. I agree with those who have complimented you for being so positive in your dealings with the ghost-happy tour guide; you make skeptics come across as not only rational, but pleasant — a characteristic that rarely is attributed to us. Nice work.

    I really hope you get the gig, Rebecca. Good luck!


  6. Alas, though both calendars were on my birthday list this year past, it seems everyone assumed I had already bought them myself, and so I am relegated to looking at naked golden retrievers every month.


    Don't get me wrong, I love my golden (his name is Shakespeare – I'm a literature nerd, what can I say?), but there's a certain je ne sais quoi missing.

    Of course, this year I'll buy them myself – and everyone I know will probably buy one for me and I'll have more than plenty of nude skepticism and plenty of laughter over it. That's just the way my life goes, I suppose!

    Steering the conversation back on topic, I really enjoyed Rebecca's piece for the NPR Talent Quest on a level far and above the others. I really hope she wins, and that Public Radio East picks her up.


  7. Excellent stuff! And, as I proclaimed on the BA Blog, if you don't win, 'Becca, I will refuse to renew my NPR membership!

  8. Well Janie, the best way to assure you get your hands on a calendar is to pose for it.

    As for the Talent Quest, I haven't had the time yet to go and vote. But I will. Possibly this weekend.

  9. exarch

    As much as I would love to be invited to do that, the physics of it would prove somewhat technologically problematic.

    I have hopes that Dr. Hau will crack that nut at some point in the future, though. (She’d better, her experiments are an integral feature of the novel upon which I’m working!) (Coincidentally enough, note that at the bottom of that Wikipedia page there is a link to a TOTN Science Friday story on her work.)

    More importantly, get your butt over there and VOTE FOR REBECCA! If she doesn’t get her own NPR show, I’m going to be sorely disappointed.


  10. Okay. I’ll vote tonight! I promise! (Hey, I’ll have you know I eventually managed to vote the last two times).

    As for your inability to get yourself photographed. I guess my imagination is running a bit slow today in coming up with possible explanations for how that could be a problem. So I’ll take your word for it.

    Okay, enough side-tracking (although it is keeping this blog entry in the top of the recent comments list)

  11. I enjoyed the piece. Go Rebecca! But I suspect (someone correct me if I'm wrong) that voting is open to Americans only, [i]et je suis Canadien[/i].

  12. Sean, it shouldn't be a problem, provided you get a hold of a US ZIP code. Check some of the comments on the previous Talent Quest blog entries for those.

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