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A History and Informal Assessment of the Slacker Astronomy Podcast
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Figure 1.

A Clip of the iTunes Top 100 Podcast Listing on October 17, 2005. (Slacker Astronomy is 28 out of 25,000. Notice the type of the other podcasts, all commercial.)

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Figure 2.

A Clip of the iTunes Top 100 Podcast Listing for the Science Category on January 4, 2006

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Figure 3.

Average Categorized Attitudinal Survey Scores (right) Placed into the Context of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Affective Goals (left)

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Figure 4.

Percentage of Correct Answers to Two Knowledge Surveys. (Red represents listeners to the show, and blue represents nonlisteners.)

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Figure 5.

The New Slacker Astronomy Mission Statement

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Table 1.

Choice answers and responses to the survey questions, “How would you describe your interest in astronomy [prior to∕after] listening to astronomy related podcasts?” We received 232 responses to this question out of survey downloads.

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Table 2.

Questions and average scores from the attitudinal survey conducted from December 27, 2005, to January 25, 2006. A total of 465 responses were received out of an estimated 592 downloaded surveys. Responses were on a Likert scale of 1–6, ascending from strongly agree to strongly disagree, except when the scale ascended from always to never, indicated by an asterisk. Scores to † were reversed for placement on the same ascending scale.

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Table 3.

The first knowledge survey, 197 responses out of an estimated 592 downloaded surveys, was about a show that we aired approximately one month earlier. Although one cannot assume that subscribers listened to it then, feedback suggests that the majority typically listen within a week or two. Answers are asterisked.

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Table 4.

The second knowledge survey, 126 responses out of an estimated 478 downloaded surveys, covered a show that we aired approximately two weeks before publication of the survey.

Abstract

Slacker Astronomy is a weekly podcast that covers a recent astronomical news event or discovery. The show has a unique style consisting of irreverent, over-the-top humor combined with a healthy dose of hard science. According to our demographic analysis, the combination of this style and the unique podcasting distribution mechanism allows the show to reach audiences younger and busier than those reached via traditional channels. We report on the successes and challenges of the first year of the show, and provide an informal assessment of its role as a source for astronomical news and concepts for its approximately 15,500 weekly listeners.

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