International Podcast Day: Here’s How to Do An Excellent Podcast like Sawbones

International Podcast Day – September 30

Here’s how to do an excellent podcast. Their are many successful “formulas” and this is as good as any. This doesn’t cover the technical aspects of podcasting, rather it focuses on the content that makes podcasting work.

To have an excellent podcast – imitate Sawbones – especially this episode.


Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin welcome you to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Every Friday, they dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we’ve tried to fix people over the years. Educational? You bet! Fun? We hope!

  1. Pick an offbeat topic or range of topics.
  2. Research the heck out of the topic or topics.
  3. Have a sidekick (or two) that are GREAT at improv comedy.
  4. Tell us something we don’t know.
  5. Riff.
  6. Enjoy yourself.

There are a lot of podcasts that do this regularly. Some run as long as 90-120 minutes. Those long form shows don’t always hit a home run, just like an act in an improv comedy club doesn’t always resonate with everyone.

Dr. Sydnee and her younger teen age sister Rileigh will give you almost 30 minutes of good information along with some smiles and maybe even a laugh out loud moment. In this episode of Sawbones, Rileigh is spending her day with her sister as part of “Podcasting School” take a protege to work day.

Rileigh seemingly sets the topic for the podcast because they are recording on the last day of September just before Halloween month.

Rileigh wants to know about the Halloween diseases. Dr. Sydnee establishes that she wants to know about Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies. Because of her research, she is able to educate listeners on diseases that could have been mistaken as Halloween diseases.

Did you know about the disease that causes your pee to turn purple when exposed to sunlight?

It’s Porphyria. And Dr. Sydnee explains how she once diagnosed it and took the patient’s pee home. Rileigh weighs in with her anecdote how she got the nickname “purple” – it has nothing to do with pee.

Very entertaining. This episode is devoid of adult language – many podcasts, of not most, are rife with adult language because the FCC has no control over the content.

Here are some other more obscure (compared to Serial and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, etc. etc.) podcasts that follow the above formula with success:

  • My Brother, My Brother and Me – improv comedy and generally silliness by three brothers goofing around saying whatever pops into their heads.
  • Stuff Mom Never Told You – two women researching and discussing topics “your mom never told you.”
  • No Agenda – a couple of guys “deconstruct” current events and their coverage by the media. Lots of conspiracy theories are advanced.
  • Here’s The Thing – Alec Baldwin is an excellent interviewer and his guests are among the best.

Happy listening.


Deja Vu! Old Post Revisited!
Pointless-Drivel Does It All: Blogs, Podcasts, Vlogs, and Sculpy.

Fanboy here: If you have never been to (don’t forget the dash) today is the day. Brad is Mr. Blog Creativity. He will do anything for a laugh. Yeah, anything.

He is erudite to a fault and frightfully crude.

You seldom find one AND the other. It takes an incredibly smart person to come up with the posts he does every single day.

Among his best posts are Sculpy.

Today’s Sculpy should be retired to the Sculpy Hall of Fame.

The Burger King of Jews.

Trump Cabinet Ideas: Trumpettes and Trumpkins


For your consideration, my nominations for Trump’s Cabinet after he is elected:

Trumpkins and Trumpettes

Department of State – Dennis Rodman

Department of the Treasury – vacant – The Donald will handle the cash

Department of DeFence – Pablo Escobar because he knows how to build a fence to keep the government out.

Department of Justice – Miley Cyrus 

Department of the Interior – El Chapo because he knows his way around the earth’s interior.

Department of Agriculture   – Willy Nelson because of his weed knowledge

Department of Commerce – Kanye West, you know… Commerce.  – buying and selling stuff

Department of Labor – Michelle Dugger (19 Kids and Counting)

Department of Health and Human Services- Caitlyn Jenner because Caitlyn knows the health issues of both sexes.

Department of Housing and Urban Development – Banned

Department of Transportation – Banned

Department of Energy – Jim Bob Dugger ( 19 Kids and Counting)

Department of Education – Arnold Schwartznegger

Department of Veterans Affairs – Carl Icahn, even he can disappear in the bureaucracy

Department of Homeland Security –  Sarah “I Can See Russia From My House” Palin

White House Chief of Staff – Charlie Sheen greets The Donald with WINNING every time he enters the Oval Office

Environmental Protection Agency – “Retired” VW CEO Martin Winterkorn

Office of Management & Budget – Oprah, she’s richer than The Donald

Small Business Administration – Roger Ailes because with all his bluster he probably has “small business.”

Wow! Boomers Art Cars Are Weird and Wonderful

Rex and the Mobile Masticator - Chewbaru

Rex and the Mobile Masticator – Chewbaru

Know about Art Cars? It’s a weird hobby that is mostly dominated by baby boomers. An art car is a vehicle that has had it’s looks modified to reflect the whims of the owner… usually referred to as the “cartist.”

Rex is a cartist that recently visited Atenas and introduced me to the weirdness of art cars. He owns the Chewbaru. His car is a 1995 Subaru covered with:

  • 70 lbs of dentures and partials
  • 70 lbs of dental impressions
  • dozens of empty toothpaste tubes
  • toothbrushes
  • dental tools
  • other dentistry items

(The antlers on the hood are what’s left of a deer that crashed into the Chewbaru four days after it hit the road.)

Why do boomers dominate this hobby? Because they are weird? Maybe, but also because they have the time and money to spend on this unusual hobby.

If you don’t think this is a big deal, just take a look at their online newsletter:

BJ Zander and Mercedes Bonz

BJ Zander and Mercedes Bonz


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