It all started on Twitter. A few of my followers asked why I didn't have a podcast to answer science questions. With more than a little snark, I posted this tweet:
How interested would you guys be in a weekly, short podcast where I answer a reader question about science, faith, and living?
— Mike McHargue (@mikemchargue) January 9, 2015
Just like that, a show was born. We hit 3,500 subscribers and cracked the top 20 on iTunes all before the first episode launched. Today, Ask Science Mike averages 6,500 downloads per day–and that figure will be obsolete by the time this is posted.
I didn't expect a podcast about science and faith to be so popular. My other show, The Liturgists Podcast is growing quickly as well, but it has famous guests and a famous co-host (Michael Gungor). Ask Science Mike is just me and you.
That's why it works. It's your show. You ask the questions, and you set the direction of the program. And you made the show popular because people are ready to have honest, authentic, shame-free conversations about God, faith, evolution, sex, and how to leave this world better than we found it. You want to talk about ecology and shalom, resurrection and entropy, and you're tired of a societal narrative that science and faith are at odds with each other.
Ask Science Mike is successful because it doesn't accept the dichotomy of science vs faith–and neither do you.
Now I need your help. The success of this program has shown me how many people are looking for conversations like these. It's also shown me how expensive it is to produce and distribute quality content. Each episode of Ask Science Mike takes a lot of man-hours from a small team, and racks up some sizable costs for web hosting and other infrastructure.
I've looked at advertising options, but I'd rather give that influence to the people that matter most to this program: the listeners.
I chose Patreon for my campaign because it makes it easy for you to particiapte at any level your comfortable with, without any commitment. You can change or cancel your donation at any time. Every bit helps. Even $1 a month can make a serious difference with the number of listeners the show has now.
No matter what, the show will still be available to you at no cost. Please don't feel pressured or guilty if you can't participate, or don't want to. Rating the show on iTunes is another way you can help if money is tight.
Thanks for leading me on this journey. If open, honest conversations about science and faith matter to you, I hope you'll consider donating to keep it going.
Grace, peace, and decreasing entropy,