Learning How to Get Your Philosophical Ideas on the Air

Suppose you’re a philosopher, and suppose you have an idea for a philosophical story or segment for a show you listen to or watch. How do you get that idea from inside your head to actually on the show? How do you get on the show?

Well, you can learn how—and perhaps get on the air yourself—via a new free program from the Marc Sanders Foundation‘s Philosophy in the Media Initiative (previously), “Pitching Radiolab“, taking place next week.

Radiolab is a popular radio program that’s produced by WNYC, a public radio station in New York, and which is broadcast on National Public Radio stations around the country. The show tends to focus on scientific and philosophical topics, or as they put it, “we ask deep questions and use investigative journalism to get the answers.”

The “Pitching Radiolab” program is scheduled for Thursday, July 27th at 6:00pm (Eastern), via Zoom. It will be run by Latif Nasser, one of the co-hosts of Radiolab, and Barry Lam (UC Riverside), the creator of Hi-Phi Nation.

Here’s how they’re pitching it:

Are you a philosopher who would like to be on WNYC Studio’s Radiolab, or do you have a great idea for an episode of the show? Perhaps you would just like to learn from Radiolab what makes for a great pitch for a national science and philosophy radio show. As part of the Marc Sanders Foundation Philosophy in Media Initiative, you are invited to a free event, “Pitching Radiolab,” hosted by Barry Lam and featuring Latif Nasser, co-host of Radiolab, along with another Radiolab producer, to be announced.

Philosophers of all career stages are invited, but if you would like to pitch, please include it below so that we may prioritize pitches in the interest of time. Pitches should be no longer than two paragraphs that describes your idea for a Radiolab segment/episode. Tip: the best pitches will very clearly and concisely explain a big idea, why it is important, and gives some idea of how to connect that idea to something in the world that makes for a good radio story. Pitches are due by Friday, July 21.

You can sign up for the event, and, if you’d like, submit a pitch, here.

(Disclosure: the Marc Sanders Foundation is an advertiser at Daily Nous)

Beyond the Ivory Tower. Workshop for academics on writing short pieces for wide audiences on big questions. Taking place October 18th to 19th. Application deadline July 30th. Funding provided.
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11 months ago

Sorry if I missed an obvious cue but is this a regular show I can tune into?

Patrick Lin
11 months ago

RadioLab is a great show. Here’s an example, an episode on metamorphosis (which includes an interview with a philosopher):


Barry Lam
11 months ago

In case you missed it, we recorded the event and decided to post it here. https://marcsandersfoundation.org/pitching-radiolab/