You Tell Me

June 30th, 2010

Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour just reached its one year anniversary… yay!!!

What do I do now?

Well, I’d love you to tell me. What have you enjoyed about the show over the past year? What are its strong points? What would you like to see more of? Who would you like me to interview? Is there anything I should change?

All these questions, and more, I am asking of you since this show is for you.

To answer these questions and leave comments for me, you can do several things:

  1. send me an email (drkiki at drkiki dot tv),
  2. leave a comment here,
  3. send me a video message through youtube, or
  4. call me and leave me a message (yup, I’m giving you a phone number… 650-741-KIKI).

I will play and read your responses on Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour tomorrow afternoon. This anniversary is about you.

I want to make Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour even better this year, and I would love your help to make it happen.

26 Responses to “You Tell Me”

  1. Acoustic Randall on June 30, 2010 10:23 am

    When are you going to be on TWIT again? You and Leo are a great duo…

  2. Gord McLeod on June 30, 2010 1:09 pm

    Has it been a year already!? Wow! Congratulations! Not sure what to suggest beyond the obvious “moar world robot domination” so I guess I’ll leave it at that.

  3. mace on June 30, 2010 2:46 pm

    First, I love the show. A few things I would like to see is more science about current events, like the oil spill, and other things that might come up.

    Also, I wouldn’t mind repeat guests on. Phil Plait is so good. I would love to see him on more often, as well as Ray Maxwell.

  4. Ojimaru on June 30, 2010 4:35 pm

    Congratulations, Dr Kiki!

    Here’s a tough nut I’ve been trying to crack: the science of the sell. What makes certain advertisements “naturally” appealing to their target audience? Was Google crazy went through the trouble to algorithmically test dozens of shades of blue, just to see which was most likely to be clicked on? Could the same apply to other primary colours? What about the size of the banner, poster and billboard? Do those affect how likely a person is to see or ignore the advertisement? Does having super models strip teasing for a milk commercial really boost sales? How about viral advertisements?

    I’ve been trying to ask this question, but have no idea where to begin to find scientific analysis, not just answers that sound like “We’ve always done it and it works!”.

    Thank you and hoping to be educated for another year!

    PS: Failing that, maybe an hour on accessible packaging? I think my ex-lecturer’s research stated that 70% of over-60-year-olds have trouble getting past food packaging, having to resort to sharp, pointy tools. That was some years ago, so maybe things have improved; but it’s a topic that concerns all of us who don’t have butlers or handmaidens.

  5. David Soto on June 30, 2010 7:50 pm

    I love almost every bit of DKSH. I used to download the version before it was available in it’s current form in, and I find that I miss the pre-show and post-show banter, like… a lot. If you could find a way to include them in some way… it is hard for me to catch the show when it’s live and most of the time there was pure gold in those now lost bits.

    And… I hate the theme song. HATE IT!! It is slow and whiny and outdated and it just brings back bad memories of half a**ed tv “educational” programs.

    If you could put somewhere in this blog links to all the places you show up it would be all kinds of awesome. I know about the chat on Fridays (GREAT!!!) and TWIS (AAWWEESSOOMMEE!!!), but that’s about it. Sometimes you do guest appearances that completely pass me by, hate it when that happens.

    Other than that, keep it up! You have no idea the oceans of admiration I have for you.

  6. M on June 30, 2010 10:06 pm

    More space related stories please (that or try to add Miles O’Brien’s This Week in Space to the schedule since Ray’s show was cancelled – I’d even imagine Ray would want to participate in a space related podcast).

  7. George Karapiperis on July 1, 2010 7:58 am

    Only recently became aware of your work Dr Kiki, my HTC Desire is to be blamed. I am hooked on your show now but as I am far too busy I am catching up when on a coffee break or on public transport through my mobile. You are extra ordinary and a mad scientist and not forgetting… hyperactive. All that helps in giving as a very enjoyable and full of content, exciting and interesting show. It would be nice if you could interview Dr Joseph Pompei and get him to demonstrate his magic Audio Spotlight. He is a very interesting man, I’ve spoke to him via email about his discovery. I became aware of Dr Joseph when he demonstrated Audio Spotlight in a similar show to yours here in England, BBC’s Tomorrow’s World. Dr Joseph Pompey was a student of an engineering degree in MIT and he was visiting UK as a guest of Prince Edward. Nice talking to you Dr Kiki, please take care of your beautiful and talented self and keep up with your good work. Cheers George Karapiperis BA (Hons)

  8. =Dan on July 1, 2010 10:46 am

    Hi Dr Kiki,
    Just discovered your show. As I’ve only listened to one episode (Oil Spill in the gulf with your guest from the coast and environment department of the university).
    Topics that would keep me listening:
    Science of current events,
    science of our daily lives,
    history/science of some everyday items,
    Global Warming/Climate Change
    Science around the world
    Top science stories of the week (a brief headlines format overview of what is going on).

    Essentially a diversity of topics and guests. Perhaps more than one guest at a time, same subject but different approaches (don’t have to be opposing opinions but exploring a subject in multiple ways).
    Thank you for rekindling my interest in science.

  9. Rachael Beaton on July 1, 2010 2:13 pm

    Hi Kiki — I’m a HUGE fan of your science hour. As a graduate student in astronomy, its GREAT backdrop for hours spend reducing data. I have three suggestions for future podcasts – and could help you set these up if you would like – (i) ALMA (Atacama Large Milimeter Array) Project in Chile will be starting its science demonstration observations this Fall – this is a submillimetre astronomy project that will be phenomenal;(ii) more on science education, we have several programs here at UVA that are making great strides for public outreach and education – its always impossibly helpful to hear more about other programs; and (iii) the Sloan Digital Sky Survey will enter its third period of observations soon. The original survey was probably one of the most influential astronomical surveys to date. Three great projects are coming online soon that will do great things for Astronomy.

    Best Regards,
    Rachael Beaton
    Jefferson Foundation Fellow in Astronomy
    University of Virginia

  10. Eddie Cardoshinsky on July 1, 2010 2:14 pm

    You should have a cake and party hats for the live show, and also party hats. But for goodness sake, please know Vuvuzela party horns.

  11. Arno Schmidt on July 1, 2010 3:48 pm

    The problem in my opinion that most of the guests are not that much entertaining.

    I want to learn something while watching the show but I also want to be entertained and most of the interview guests can not do that.

    So Dr. Kiki, please find interesting and entertaining guests, e.g. the lady with the bonobos a view weeks ago.

  12. Brian Crumley on July 4, 2010 1:10 pm

    I’d love to see you interview Salman Kahn he does youtube tutorial videos for math and science subjects.

    Here’s a link to his website

  13. jmartin on July 6, 2010 4:48 pm

    Hello Dr Kiki!

    I love all the shows that you’re on. I am sad that Maxwell’s House was sent to the great trash bin in the sky. I know you said that you’d have Ray on DKSH as a guest, but what about having him as a co-host?

    – Jason

  14. Verena on July 13, 2010 7:05 pm

    Looking back at this wonderful year of Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour my wish lies in the past and which is that the TWiT network should make available also the early shows from episode 1 to 23 on in video. I know people can get these episodes on but to pay tribute to such wonderful guests as Chris Patil, Mario Livio and the most entertaining Richard Milner, I think they deserve their spot also on the TWiT site. Maybe one of the TWiT editors finds the time to make it happen, with or without openings/endings. 😉
    Thanks Kiki for all your work.

  15. Charles Hendrickson on July 15, 2010 5:00 pm

    Dr. Sanford
    Your Science Hour is a fantastic forum for the latest in scientific research to be presented to the public. It is great that your show isn’t merely chat & speculation/gossip about the latest in existing hardware/software/services like the other TwiT shows. As such I have a recommendation for a future show. I think interviewing Harvard’s Physicist Dr. Lisa Randall and the CERN Hadron Collider research regarding multiple dimensions, quantum effects, supersymmetry, the “God” particle, and possibly combine this research with the human brain as a quantum “detector” (your area) would be exciting. Dr. Randall has written her book “Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions”, and many related articles.
    Lisa Randall

  16. Adam Grandison on July 16, 2010 2:18 am

    Hello. I just found out about your show today and I absolutely love it. Tips for topics on up coming shows:

    1) Science News posted an article a few days ago that the proton size which was initially thought to be around one femtometer is actually closer to 4% that size. Protons are super massive and they say that they are even denser. How did they discover this? What type of effect will it have on particle physics? What applications does this have toward the world that we live in.

    2) Gravity doesn’t exist? It was initially theorized that gravity was a fundamental force that was one of 4 fundamental forces of the universe. The Standard model of physics theorizes that forces like the gravitational force, electrostatic force, strong and weak nuclear forces exist through the exchange of force mediating particles called bosons. But string theorist have found that what we call gravity is a result of matter trying to increase disorder or entropy. Matter is attracted to other matter because that is its most probable arrangment. Gravity can be thought of an entropic force. This theory seems to be plausible by many string theorist and other researchers. If I were to choose one show topic. It would be this. And since you like astrophysics this should be right up your alley. 🙂

  17. Jonathan Abbey on July 19, 2010 8:24 pm

    I’d love to see some interviews with climate scientists, both with ones supportive of and questioning of the IPCC consensus.

    Not to draw an equivalency between the two positions, but the contrarians are presumably contrarian for a reason, and it would be nice to have the questions at issue engaged in.

  18. Jonathan Abbey on July 19, 2010 11:44 pm

    Ah, I found Episode 2 of Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour in an mp4 video archive hosted by Cachefly, covering the climate change question.

    I withdraw my previous request for a program on the topic, as you have covered it, though I had to search rather diligently to find it.

  19. cara on July 20, 2010 1:41 pm

    I would love an episode on cochlear implants. I ran across this video (there are tons like it) of a baby having his implant turned on and hearing for the first time:

    Since seeing that video and others, I’ve become very interested in the science behind cochlear implants and the experiences of people who have them. It’s fascinating stuff.

  20. Joel Calhoun on July 23, 2010 4:49 pm

    Doing some more research I think his name is
    Dr. Kevin Grazier, not Frazier.

    Guess there was a typo on the Astronomy Cast website.

    Thanks again,

    Everett, WA

  21. Michael on July 28, 2010 10:35 am

    You have some interesting topics.

    I have seen a few shows, from what I have viewed I tend to only watch the shows whose topics I enjoy.

    I would be more of a regular if your show included a whats new for the week in science. I have become a fan of this Android App NewScientist and it has daily updated news topics from around the world. I just check out their website for the first time while writing this and it looks updated and fresh.

    if your show had some hot topics for the week and more media friendly guests (ones who work well on radio and TV) I and others would be subscribers to your show.

    of course if you broaden your topics every show that will cover more things of what people are interested in. kinda like “this week in tech” I do like the thought of in depth analysis during the show, but not the whole show.

    Topics I am interested in are Space, cosmology, physics, Math Theorems, medical break throughs,Hubble finding, CBOE info, LHC/Cern info, Laser Technology, Computer related Tech / Science, like new hard drives, holographic memory, Intel CPU news, communication news and break throughs, NASA updates, etc…

    of course some physicology and sociological topics.
    Please don’t rate this response on spelling merits, I am a Scientist, not a spelling bee winner..

    thanks for you time.

  22. Corey Bramblett on July 30, 2010 4:22 pm

    Hi Dr. Kiki! I just wanted to say that I discovered your podcasts and existence around the beginning of this year and I haven’t missed a TWIS or Science Hour since. I really enjoy all the guests, and especially the enthusiasm and light-heartedness (yet serious intellectual content) that you bring to even the deepest topics.

    I know I should try to offer a suggestion for improvements, but I can’t. I really enjoy the deep physics, astrophysics, and astronomy topics, but they are just my personal favorites. Actually, it would be great to hear more from the latest discoveries in animal behavior, nature observation and ecology, and maybe some geological and earth science news (if that isn’t too boring for the rest of the audience.. I eat that stuff up though)!

    Thanks again for the great shows!


  23. Ken Charuk on August 25, 2010 12:36 pm

    I will be using a number of your Food Science videos in a course I am developing called The Science of Cooking. They are to the point and very well done. Hope to see more of your work in the future!

  24. Ron Zastovnik on August 26, 2010 12:34 pm

    Dr. Kiki,

    Your segment on Flow Batteries on the first episode of GreenTechToday was brilliant!


  25. George on September 14, 2010 1:26 pm

    Has Green Tech Today been cancelled? I thought it was a Super Show for the TWIT Network.

  26. Rakelx1 on September 21, 2010 9:24 pm

    Nice job representing science from the point of view of who you are (knowledgeable, interesting, friendly, easy to understand and full of vitality) and, your page is friendly too.

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