Should we launch a podcast about high-impact projects and people?

An idea I have re­peat­edly re­turned to is cre­at­ing a pod­cast where I, or some­one else, in­ter­views peo­ple who are try­ing to work on high im­pact pro­jects. It would cover ques­tions like how they de­cided what to work on, and what prac­ti­cal challenges they face day-to-day.

Mix­ing a com­pli­cated ra­dio show is very time con­sum­ing, so I think I would model it on my favourite pod­cast, EconTalk, which is a straight­for­ward two-per­son in­ter­view. The main over­head is learn­ing about the per­son’s work ahead of time so that the con­ver­sa­tion flows smoothly and the an­swers are ac­tu­ally in­ter­est­ing.

Rea­sons in favour

  • It will al­low us to meet and learn from peo­ple try­ing to have a large im­pact across a range of differ­ent causes and pro­jects. I am con­cerned that effec­tive al­tru­ism is too in­su­lar and does not take enough in­ter­est in main­stream pro­fes­sion­als and ex­perts, and this could help ad­dress that. I also think we in­vest too lit­tle in learn­ing how to ac­tu­ally im­ple­ment things well, rel­a­tive to do­ing the­o­ret­i­cal pri­ori­ti­sa­tion re­search.

  • There are not many highly in­for­ma­tive pod­casts out there. If this turns out to be in­ter­est­ing to listen to, it could at­tract a de­cent listen­er­ship, par­tic­u­larly of the kinds of peo­ple we are most keen to get in­volved.

  • I am ex­cited at the prospect, so it’s likely it would ac­tu­ally hap­pen, and I would prob­a­bly en­joy work­ing on it.

Rea­sons against
  • It will take a sig­nifi­cant in­vest­ment of time and at­ten­tion to do well.

  • As I don’t know any­one with ra­dio or pod­cast­ing ex­pe­rience, it is likely to come across as am­a­teur­ish at first.

  • GiveWell already has some­thing like this on their ‘Con­ver­sa­tions’ page. On the other hand, these in­ter­views are not de­signed to be en­ter­tain­ing or ac­cessible, and so I doubt they are read or listened to by many peo­ple.

So my ques­tions are:
  • Would this be a good use of my or some­one else’s time?

  • If so, would you be in­ter­ested in helping sched­ule these con­ver­sa­tions, turn the record­ings into pod­cast epi­sodes, and per­haps later take over do­ing the in­ter­views your­self?