Being indie is tough. I’m personally tweeting strangers asking them to subscribe, so if you got a tweet, yes, its from me. And yes, I’m also tweeting celebrities and politicians with huge followings. Maybe they’ll listen to the show and tweet about it. Sigh… there a better low-budget strategy here? Tomorrow I’m holding a sign on a street corner.

I want to give subscribers something to listen to prior to the January 24th launch, so here is our newest episode preview.  If you really like what you hear and want to help promote the podcast, please give it a 5-star rating on iTunes, or through whatever podcatcher you use. This helps the podcast start climbing the podcast charts. Podcasts that are at the top of the charts attract lots of new subscribers. Thanks so much for the early support.

We are on-schedule for a late-January launch of the inaugural season of Hi-Phi Nation. Right now we are completing the first seven episodes. The episodes will features stories from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the incorporation of women into combat roles in the US Army, an investigation into the Hershey foundation, Larycia Hawkins and Christian-Muslim theology, the origins of musical mashing, and the history of parapsychological research. Philosophical topics include just war theory, the construction of gender through war, the possibilities of posthumous harm, the meaning of proper names in religious texts, the aesthetic foundations of Western music, and how to draw reasonable conclusions from statistics. We will also be pitching your favorite podcasts to include snippets of our stories in our hope to make philosophy reach fans of storytelling and investigative reporting. We are still looking for two more episodes to produce for Season One, and will need help spreading Hi-Phi Nation on social media. Please contact me here to play an active part.

Ten months ago, Larycia Hawkins lost her job at Wheaton College, a controversy the college claims had nothing to do with the fact that the christian and African American, Professor of Political Science wore an hijab during advent in solidarity with Muslims. Rather, it had to do with the “theological underpinnings” of her statements about the relationship between the Christian and Muslim God. This is a quite thorough profile of the controversy out today at the New York Times. Larycia and her story will be profiled on an episode of Season 1 of Hi-Phi Nation.

Durham, North Carolina and Duke University is where we have ended up this summer. We did a wonderful week-long intensive production course called “Making it Sing” here at the Center for Documentary Studies.  The instructors were John Biewen, director of audio documentaries here at the Center and host of Scene on Radio, Shea Shackelford of Big Shed, and Devon Taylor, editor for Millennial and The Allusionist. I highly recommend both of their summer intensive courses for beginners and experienced producers alike; there is nothing better than an intensive, 12 hour/day week dedicated to production around other artists and storytellers. I’ve described it as “Project Runway” for podcasters.

We are close to having four full episodes in the bank in preparation for our January 2017 launch. We workshopped episode 4 here at the Center and an early draft of the first segment will be made available here on the web in the next couple of weeks.

The next few months will be fully dedicated to producing as many episodes as we can before we launch. We’d love it if you bookmark this page or like our page on Facebook so you can be the first to get our episodes.