Red Rover, Red Rover, Radio Genius Come Over

We here at Emergent Radio are absolutely thrilled to have Radio Genius join the network. Genius is a long-running geek music show (100+ episodes) started by friends in the mold of every show here on ER: spontaneously. While hosts varied on previous versions of this show, the new edition will feature Jim “The Beer Guy” Behymer (@JimTheBeerGuy) and Aaron “The Beard” Silvers (@AaronESilvers).

From the original “About” page:

We’re geeks. Nerds. Friends scattered all over the country. Started in August of 2007, with a few compadres flying in to Chicago for Lollapalooza, one budding DJ thought he would help them prep for the event by introducing some of the music that’s going to be showcased.

Then, in typical DIY-nerd fashion, that fellow went overboard and distributed a couple of playlists as a podcast to be updated weekly.

We like putting together mixes and this seems like the easiest way to share it with you — whoever and wherever you are.

Random, possibly meaningless, yet enlightening chatter, potentially epic drinks and superb music? What’s not to love? Thanks for joining the network, gentlemen, we’re happy to have you.

<tap tap> Hey, Brian? It’s Judy. Are you writing a blog post welcoming Radio Genius to Emergent Radio?

Yeah, I’m posting it tomorrow.

Aw, I want to do it. I’m listening to their first episode and I really like it.

I’m already mostly done with it.

Can I just say that I really enjoyed it because these guys introduced me to a lot of music and I never have time to just sit around and listen to music with friends and discover new stuff any more, but this was like that…kinda like living in Austin again, but with none of the musicians-standing-around-one-upping-each-other-over-obscure-bands?

Okay, sure. Everyone else, check out the first episode of the new and slightly improved Radio Genius, 2012 in Repose, right now!

#9: Usability. Don’t Be a Moron.


Brian, Judy, and special guest Julie “Usable Learning” Dirksen discuss usability, why you should care about it, how to start making sure your courses meet “table stakes”, and of course, Julie’s brand-new book, Design for How People Learn.

The drinks:

Brian drank St. Arnold Christmas Ale

Judy drank Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Julie drank Woodchuck Dark and Dry Cider

The links:

#8: This One Time… At DevLearn…


We’re back after a longer-than-expected layoff.

The drinks:

Judy drank Samuel Smith Winter Welcome 2011.

Brian drank Saint Arnold Santo.

We didn’t get a chance to drink the Dark Lord Stout that Aaron Silvers brought us. We’ll save it for a future episode.

The links:

Also, we followed up with Allen Technologies on some of the questions that we raised about ZebraZapps in this episode. We invite them to comment after they’ve had a chance to listen. Congratulations again on the launch!

#7: Hire McGyver


Brian, Judy, and special guest Kevin “Nuggethead” Thorn discuss tools and processes for instructional and graphic design, including thoughts on prototyping and storyboarding.

The drinks:

Brian drank Piraat Ale

Judy drank Kiwanda Cream Ale

Kevin drank Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat

The links:

Judy had a few minor issues with her mic in the beginning – please excuse the static.

#6: Blondes and Wish Lists


Judy and Brian discuss our wish list for awesome elearning development software. We also rant a bit about the undesirable popularity of PowerPoint to Flash conversion tools.

Our snarkiest episode yet!

The drinks:

Judy drank Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale

Brian drank Shiner Blonde

The links:

*Correction: In the show, Brian said Shiner Bock didn’t come around for quite a while after the original Shiner (which is now called Blonde), but it was only four years later that they started brewing the Bock, in 1913. (via Wikipedia)

*Addition: One feature Brian forgot to mention in the show is version control.

*Addition: There was at least one more excellent quote after we stopped the show, but kept recording. We should totally put that here.

#5: iOS Apps for Learning


Judy finally got an iPad, so we finally get to talk about iOS apps for learning. Also, we update the masses on our favorite soon-to-not-be-vaporware, ZebraZapps and Storyline.

The drinks:

Brian drank Moose Drool Brown Ale

Judy drank Conflux No. 2

The links:

Learning Apps:

Other Apps:

#4: (Why) Do the Tools Matter?


Judy and Brian talk about the eLearning Guild’s Rapid eLearning Authoring – Top Tools report, whether or not the tools matter, Jane Bozarth‘s article on story, and more.

The drinks:

Brian drank The Dude’s White Russian (Caucasian)

Judy drank Lawnmower Lager

The links: