Katie & Berin are creating a podcast about culture, creativity, and critical thinking.
6

patrons

$30
per month
Thank you for supporting Proof of Life!
We’ve been doing this weekly podcast consistently since 17 August 2015. It began under the title Katie in Finland and focused on our life as expats while Katie went to graduate school. After 88 episodes we changed the title to Proof of Life, partially because the focus wasn’t all-Finland all the time. Starting on 9 April 2017, we consider that 32 episode run Season 2 of the same podcast.

By the start of Season 3, the show has evolved into an ongoing conversation about culture, creativity, and critical thinking. That includes references to pop culture, understanding the cultural context required to live abroad, and the influences that culture can have on education and vice-versa. Season 3 officially began on 19 November 2017, to coincide with our jump to Patreon!

What You Get
A new episode every Sunday! Each episode is between 50 and 60 minutes long. All patrons can download the MP3 and participate in the community. Higher levels of patronage allow access to bonus content, including the occasional aftershow (when we run out of time in the regular episode, but keep the conversation going) and at least one monthly bonus episode available exclusively on Patreon.

You’ll also get our thanks, no matter what amount you pledge! Your patronage lets us know that this is worth doing, above and beyond the fun we have doing it. At higher levels, you’ll get a direct thank you in the show notes, and on the closing title card of the YouTube version of the show.

How Often You’re Charged
Patronage is per month, not per episode. Patreon will charge you on the 1st of each calendar month at midnight Pacific time. We will post a reminder when the final episode of the month goes live. It may take up to 72 hours for the payment to process, and Patreon will send you an email to let you know if your payment has been accepted or declined. We (Katie & Berin) never see your payment information — you pay Patreon, and Patreon pays us.

Why We Need Patronage
We did this show every week, without missing an episode, for over two years without trying to monetize it. There’s no cost associated with doing this, other than our time. If you want to listen for free, you can still subscribe and listen on YouTube. So it’s understandable if the reasons why we’re asking for patronage now aren’t clear.

What we want is to do it better. Doing it for fun has meant that we can be sloppy. When people are making donations, we have a greater sense of obligation. The topics that we discuss often tie directly into Katie’s academic research, and the things Berin writes about in HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror. The podcast is not professional-adjacent, so we want to up our game.

And honestly, we can always use a little extra money. We’re middle-aged people who live like graduate students because Katie is a grad student and Berin supports the household as a writer. Every bit helps.

About Katie and Berin
Katie is a graduate student. Berin is a writer. We both have hectic schedules, and finding time to just have a cup of coffee together can be difficult. So once a week with sit down in front of a live mic to talk about what we're up to, how we're doing, and what's on our minds. This isn't a podcast. It’s proof of life.
Rewards
VITAL SIGNS LEVEL
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You're alive! Thank you for backing the Proof of Life podcast on Patreon — we greatly appreciate your support! You are encouraging us to continue the podcast, and in exchange, you get access to the MP3 of new episodes, the show notes, and the community. Fill in ANY amount $1 or above when you choose this tier!
COFFEE LEVEL
$3 or more per month 4 patrons
Buy us a coffee! Patrons at this level get the MP3 of each new episode, plus a monthly patrons-only bonus episode only available her on Patreon! You also get access to the  show notes and the patrons-only community. Fill in ANY amount $3 or above when you choose this tier!
DANGER PIG LEVEL
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Do whatever a Danger Pig can! Patrons at this level get their names listed in the show notes, as well as on a title card for the YouTube version! You also get the MP3, the monthly bonus episode, and access to the patrons-only community.  Fill in ANY amount $10 or above when you choose this tier!
Thank you for supporting Proof of Life!
We’ve been doing this weekly podcast consistently since 17 August 2015. It began under the title Katie in Finland and focused on our life as expats while Katie went to graduate school. After 88 episodes we changed the title to Proof of Life, partially because the focus wasn’t all-Finland all the time. Starting on 9 April 2017, we consider that 32 episode run Season 2 of the same podcast.

By the start of Season 3, the show has evolved into an ongoing conversation about culture, creativity, and critical thinking. That includes references to pop culture, understanding the cultural context required to live abroad, and the influences that culture can have on education and vice-versa. Season 3 officially began on 19 November 2017, to coincide with our jump to Patreon!

What You Get
A new episode every Sunday! Each episode is between 50 and 60 minutes long. All patrons can download the MP3 and participate in the community. Higher levels of patronage allow access to bonus content, including the occasional aftershow (when we run out of time in the regular episode, but keep the conversation going) and at least one monthly bonus episode available exclusively on Patreon.

You’ll also get our thanks, no matter what amount you pledge! Your patronage lets us know that this is worth doing, above and beyond the fun we have doing it. At higher levels, you’ll get a direct thank you in the show notes, and on the closing title card of the YouTube version of the show.

How Often You’re Charged
Patronage is per month, not per episode. Patreon will charge you on the 1st of each calendar month at midnight Pacific time. We will post a reminder when the final episode of the month goes live. It may take up to 72 hours for the payment to process, and Patreon will send you an email to let you know if your payment has been accepted or declined. We (Katie & Berin) never see your payment information — you pay Patreon, and Patreon pays us.

Why We Need Patronage
We did this show every week, without missing an episode, for over two years without trying to monetize it. There’s no cost associated with doing this, other than our time. If you want to listen for free, you can still subscribe and listen on YouTube. So it’s understandable if the reasons why we’re asking for patronage now aren’t clear.

What we want is to do it better. Doing it for fun has meant that we can be sloppy. When people are making donations, we have a greater sense of obligation. The topics that we discuss often tie directly into Katie’s academic research, and the things Berin writes about in HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror. The podcast is not professional-adjacent, so we want to up our game.

And honestly, we can always use a little extra money. We’re middle-aged people who live like graduate students because Katie is a grad student and Berin supports the household as a writer. Every bit helps.

About Katie and Berin
Katie is a graduate student. Berin is a writer. We both have hectic schedules, and finding time to just have a cup of coffee together can be difficult. So once a week with sit down in front of a live mic to talk about what we're up to, how we're doing, and what's on our minds. This isn't a podcast. It’s proof of life.

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Rewards
VITAL SIGNS LEVEL
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You're alive! Thank you for backing the Proof of Life podcast on Patreon — we greatly appreciate your support! You are encouraging us to continue the podcast, and in exchange, you get access to the MP3 of new episodes, the show notes, and the community. Fill in ANY amount $1 or above when you choose this tier!
COFFEE LEVEL
$3 or more per month 4 patrons
Buy us a coffee! Patrons at this level get the MP3 of each new episode, plus a monthly patrons-only bonus episode only available her on Patreon! You also get access to the  show notes and the patrons-only community. Fill in ANY amount $3 or above when you choose this tier!
DANGER PIG LEVEL
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Do whatever a Danger Pig can! Patrons at this level get their names listed in the show notes, as well as on a title card for the YouTube version! You also get the MP3, the monthly bonus episode, and access to the patrons-only community.  Fill in ANY amount $10 or above when you choose this tier!