I don’t get much time to just kick back and relax with something that isn’t music or work related so when I do I like to make it something that stimulates, educates and entertains in equal measure. The amazing Wonder Junkie podcast by Pete Bailey ticks all those boxes and then some and is a must have for anyone who likes interesting interview subjects, illuminating questions and all hosted by someone who genuinely appreciates the chosen topic. Don’t take my word for it, here is what Pete himself has to say.
They say ignorance is bliss and on many occasions it actually can be, but when it comes having a better understanding of the world around you, I couldn’t disagree more. This is why I started the Wonder Junkie Podcast, taken from the famous Carl Sagan quote in Contact the reasoning for starting the podcast certainly wasn’t to be overtly intellectual, my intellect wouldn’t even come close to someone like Carl Sagan, what I wanted to do is create a space where my everyday curiosities about the world could be further explored and understood.
A big inspiration behind this was undoubtedly when I went backpacking for 3 months in the summer of 2015; from exploring The Valley Of The Kings in Egypt to seeing The Milky Way in Hungary and enjoying a few steins at Oktoberfest in Germany, it was an experience like no other and made me realize that the way the world is displayed to us isn’t really how things actually are and everybody has an interesting story to tell. This is why I believe there is a need for unfiltered interviews, where nothing is taken out of context and where information can not only be easily accessed for free but presented in an enjoyable way.
As I’m writing this the podcast is currently 7 episodes in with listeners in over 20 countries and recently made it into the top 50 in the iTunes Society & Culture Charts (UK) which has blown my mind, this is literally a one man production with a laptop and microphone so to be reaching people like this is very humbling.
The guests so far have varied from ESA astrophysicist Dr Matt Taylor explaining just how the hell you put a probe on a comet, to my former boss Hugh Evans (Moose) detailing his adventurous radio career that’s taken him all over the world, me and my buddy Ted Bennett speaking to film director Matt Ross about Captain Fantastic and Sahil Makhija (Demonstealer) explaining how the Indian metal scene works and is rapidly developing.
For me the most enjoyable part of the podcast is the interaction, learning along the way and getting messages from listeners saying how “they haven’t thought of that before” or “wow! I didn’t realize that’s how that worked, an eye opener”. So as the podcast develops further I hope to dip into as many different subject areas as possible with a varied amount of guests that can all bring something unique to the podcast.
In a time where it can be difficult to get people’s attention for more than 10 seconds with a funny cat video, I find it hugely encouraging that the podcast outlet is being so widely embraced, as a consumer of podcasts myself I love nothing more than to just switch off, forget the world around me and soak in a good podcast. Coming from a radio background where you’re constantly working to shorten your output I wasn’t sure when I started if I would naturally come in to podcasting but can honestly say I’m enjoying this just as much as anything I’ve done in radio.
If you’ve taken the time to check out the podcast, leave a review or sent me a tweet, I can’t thank you enough because without you involved I wouldn’t want to do this and genuinely love interacting with you everyday about all the different wonderful things in the world.
“Our species needs and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide-awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.” – Carl Sagan.
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