Welcome to this podcast about reflecting on the amazing reception of Season 1 and announcing some stuff for season 2. Season 1 had an amazing reception that far exceeded my expectations; the podcast received as of now 797 listens. Wow! I am so surprised and delighted that my humble attempt at making people fall in love with biology has maybe actually worked a little bit!

 

 

Timestamps

 

Shout out to the UK, 45% of listeners! Shout out to the US, 21%! Shout out to Germany, 5%! Shout out to Canada… 0:51

 

and finally, a very special thank you to… 3:51

 

 

Script

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Intro

Hi guys, how’s it going? A tiger’s tongue is so rough that if it licked your hand it would draw blood. Didn’t see that coming, did ya? ♪ tune

 

Season’s Stats

Welcome to this podcast about reflecting on the amazing reception of Season 1, and announcing some stuff for season 2. Season 1 had an amazing reception that far exceeded my expectations; the podcast received as of now 797 listens. Wow! I am so surprised and delighted that my humble attempt at making people fall in love with biology has maybe actually worked a little bit! One of the things I love most in these stats is how global you guys have been! Shout out to the UK, 45% of listeners! Shout out to the US, 21%! Shout out to Germany, 5%! Shout out to Canada! Libya, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, and all other 49 different countries!

Shout out to the top world cities that have tuned in! Hello Norwich! Good day to you good sir, City of Westminster! Nice to meet you, Blackheath! I see you back there Boardman, Oregon! Hello to you Lowestoft! How’s it going, Tripoli? Hi there Barnet! And everyone else, how are you Badminton, Charlotte North Carolina, Maidenhead, Cambridge, Islington and Manhattan? And hello to you too, all other 219 cities around the world! The most popular episode in Season 1 has been, perhaps not surprisingly, the interview with the amazing Dr. Aubrey de Grey, co-founder of SENS Research Foundation and pioneer of tackling the process of aging to ensure healthy lifespan extension. Aubrey’s interview got over 200 downloads.

Hey, let’s head over to the Spotify stats. You guys love Spotify and just under half of you listen to The A Level Biologist Podcasts on Spotify. We’ve accrued over 50 committed Spotify followers on the podcast, and it looks like the listeners are mostly aged 18 to 27, but we do have young teens and over 60s. You’re evenly split across male and female, with a non-binary section emerging across different ages; but the young adults are over 80% male! The young teens are 60% female; and with these limited stats we still have around 10% of listeners in the non-binary category. This is Spotify after all, so they do give stats on what you like to listen to, oddly enough! It looks like you’re big fans of Ariana Grande, The Beatles, Katy Perry and Michael Bublé!

I’ll walk you through a little bit more of the context of The A Level Biologist Podcast, coming up. ♪ tune

 

Season 2

The A Level Biologist Podcasts was born to enrich the education of A level biology students using The A Level Biologist – Your Hub which is an exhaustive learning resource for all UK exam boards including the Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher; it has come to have a life of its own as the content is relevant to many others; The A Level Biologist offers membership to both students an teachers, contributes to local and global charities, and is open to scholarship applications. Please visit thealevelbiologist.co.uk which is the main sponsor of The A Level Biologist Podcasts! It is also where you can find the full transcripts, notes and links to all of the podcast episodes.

In making Season 1 people came and went, quite literally in real time, and it’s wonderful to be able to have that spontaneity. I hope to continue that in Season 2. Please do write a review for The A Level Biologist Podcasts on iTunes, Apple Podcasts or wherever you can. We want this to be interactive so your feedback is welcome. If you’d like to participate in Season 2, submit a guest suggestion or a topic suggestion, you can do so at thealevelbiologist.co.uk/contact

And finally, a very special thank you to the Season 1 guests: my mother the dentist Mariana Visan, the preeminent SENS Research Foundation co-founder and CSO Aubrey de Grey, award-winning interaction designer Giulia Tomasello, veteran science editor Ian Inkster, award-winning theatre practitioner and science communicator John Hinton, University of Cambridge PhD student Saba Shirvani, and Oxfam volunteer Toby. Please do tune in to any episodes you may have missed with one of these wonderful guests, and share them with a friend.

I very much look forward to another season of The A Level Biologist Podcasts and I hope you look forward to hearing it. I wish you a very happy 2020, thank you for listening, and remember… In the average lunch, you eat about 150,000 kilometres of DNA. Byeeee ♪ tune

 

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