6) Also, academics have either just finished terms, or about to. Summers are usually a bit lighter than the rest of the year, and people might be able to squeeze stuff in. I know academics have our own realm of privilege, but lots of us have diverse backgrounds, too, and still could speak to things. You might find some luck with some academics!

Not sure why this didn't tag you, @mike, but I think 6 is my last possibly obvious question for now. 😋 You don't actually have to answer any of these questions--but I hope at least one of them might be helpful!

@Natalie

1. Yes. Most shows that do segments like we do have MUCH higher budgets and suppor staff to coordinate this.

2. We’ve done phone interviews. When we do, we get hundreds of complaints from listeners about audio quality.

3. That’s what we always do.

4. We pay contributors to the show (people who write and lead segments). We don’t pay guests (like most media).

5. That’s somethign we actively pursue.

6. Academics are the HARDEST to schedule, in our experience.

@mike Cool. Thanks for your responses. :)

It seems like the one that might be still viable would be giving Patrons a chance to sponsor a guest? In my present post-migraine haze, I'm not seeing an option on Patreon for a one-time donation. Does that exist, and I'm missing it?

If so, and if y'all are willing to try the experiment, I'd be happy to attempt to start a trend of Gifts for Guests.

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@Natalie I’m not open to it right now because I’m concerned that people would donate and then we wouldn’t pull it off.

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