MC: Oh, you’re warming my heart here. All right, all right. So of all the changes you have made to our organization, what do you think is the biggest contributor to the podcast?
DP: That’s why I find myself in love with each other, and I don’t get a reputation for it, except that I like to make us have a meeting that I think led this, if I remember correctly, was something that in the end, everyone just said something they liked. These were your thoughts, and I’m sure, in, “How do we make this podcast a little bit, a conversation?” I’m sure it was you who were like, “Let’s just finish and promote the things we love.” And she’s still a listener now, it’s something I’ve always loved, and I’ve found books and TV shows and amazing programs, and Arielle always sends people to new places to get their horoscope, and it’s always been one of my favorite parts. It was fun to do when I was at the show, and it was so much fun as an audience. I think that’s something I really like.
All online applications: It is a real legacy. Instead, I would say that some audiences just come to the Gadget Lab podcast for approval. So one hell of an inheritance.
DP: Again, I don’t get the credit for this. My job was what Mike described, I was in the room one time, I was like, “What if we just listened to this for a minute?” And Mike had 50 good ideas, and now the podcast is good.
MC: I hope I was very upset. I believe I was like, “Oh God, no, it just sounds like a job.”
DP: Yes. There was a lot of it, especially in the beginning. And if we were there before we started filming and you’d be like, “Should we do all the stuff to start loops?” And it would be like, “Yeah, Mike, all you have to do is just say welcome to the Gadget Lab podcast, I’m Mike Calore,” and you’ll be like, “Good.” And it is always good.
MC: That’s why you’re on Protocol now.
DP: I have, of course.
MC: Or as we call it, Techilitico.
DP: Techlitico, Polititech, Techlitico, is a fair game.
MC: Do you do a podcast there?
DP: I do. There have been so many types in the time I have been doing this. The amazing thing about podcasts is that they are very different animals from other species. Learning how to make one has become a very fun way, learning how to grow is a very fun way. It’s all been pretty amazing, but I do have a podcast, called Source Code. It’s not as good as the Gadget Lab podcast, nor have we done 500 episodes, so I have time to catch up, but we’ll get there.
MC: You also do correspondence, don’t you?
DP: I do.
DP: Every day.
MC: Every day? Do you do it every day?
DP: Six days a week. I was with someone when I was-
All online applications: That’s great.
DP: When I first started enrolling to write an article, there was a person in the press who pulled me aside and it was like, what I tell people who subscribe every day, “You don’t know how many days they are.” And I didn’t understand what it meant. And now, she was 15 months writing letters every day, and there are many days.