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Podcast Transcription: What do you think?

We occasionally get requests for episode transcriptions. And lots of us know that transcribing audio is a pretty gnarly and daunting task. So the really great folks at transcribed an episode of Good Job, Brain! for us.

This is for Episode #83: Up in the Air

And here's the full raw transcript! (.doc)

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Would this be good to have for every episode? And just curious, how would a transcript help you enjoy the show more?




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Reader Comments (17)

I like the idea of a transcription because it would be nice to have the questions in print to look back at!

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKara A.

kind of cool to be able to read the questions when you need to reference them but then we lose the chemistry betwwen everyone on the show. personally i will prob stick to listening

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Wouldn't make a difference to me either way. If you decide to go the way of transcription, you might want to do what the Mental Illness Happy Hour does. He has listeners transcribe for a chance to win swag. Based on the free hours of enjoyment you've brought our family, I'd be willing to do it from time to time.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteramy n.

Personally, I don't see much of a point to having a transcription since I will always listen to the podcast. As someone mentioned in an earlier post, you lose the chemistry between everyone on the show. That being said, I have no issues with there being transcriptions. There may be people out there who prefer to read and perhaps refer to certain trivia with greater ease using a Ctrl+F command. Either way, you guys are amazing! :)

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel G

I enjoy the podcast but don't need a full transcript, but maybe a posting with some of the spellings/pronunciation would be helpful for me. I am an Aussie who drives 50km each way every day to work and your podcast is a favourite. But, for example, I still don't know one of your fav words for the remains of a bird hitting a plane. Snarch? This is just one example, but having a source of some of your information would also let me follow up to find out more.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony Thurling

There's always the "deaf people could get enjoyment out of it, too" angle...

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Karen: He never found that out. Is really fog like cloud?
Chris: Yes. Ground cloud.
Karen: It is a ground cloud. That’s amazing.

dying over here

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris Kohler

This is so funny to c wut u guys say under ur breath lol

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZac

I personally wouldn't ever use the transcripts. The benefit of the podcast for me is that I can do menial tasks while listening and I can't do that while reading.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDane

I like the idea. This way people have the text option if they want it or if they want to share the podcast with a deaf friend. Plus it's good for SEO if you just put the text in a post. However I think that you guys paying for transcription services is somewhat unfair seeing as you give us a great free podcast every week! I suggest that if this is something people really want, you should crowd source it from your listeners! Maybe people can claim 5-10 minute chunks using this transcription as a format template. It would be a cool way of showing appreciation.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

Youtube does auto transcription -- maybe you can upload your shows onto Youtube and just link folks to the transcript there.


December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous Fan

I would love the transcript. It give me the ability to review the questions I want to remember. For me it would enhance the podcast and give me more ways to incorporate it into my knowledge bank.

December 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaQuetta

You play online game and you can win 1 lakh rupees and this game is different to others...

March 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Hey gang! I have a funny story in which transcripts of your episode would be useful or helpful or whatever term you want to use-- It seems like the jury is in that transcripting the show is kind of unnecessary, but for this too impossible to be made up story, entailing thusly: I didn't bring my headphones with me, going to stay the night at my girlfriend's place, and she lives far away (both in Edmonton Alberta) so in the morning she's gone to work. Her roommates are not home. I am listening to episode 112 (codes and such) throughtout breakfast and in fact waiting for the bus, loudly, with no headphones. So when the bus arrives, I'm actually jogging to the stop when I should be turning off the podcast, but instead I board the bus just in time for everyone on board to clearly hear "Paging Dr. Poopmess to the 5th floor", and ensuing laughter on the track which some strangers were delighted to enjoy with me. Without headphones, I could still sit here and read the rest of the episode.

October 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Burke

I like this episode.

September 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChristena

I am 100% in favor of this. Good Job, Brain fils up my bean with nonsense facts that I love to share, but all too often I find myself unable to recall the details and then unable to find the specific show for reference. Quick example, I remembered that the story about the honeyguide was fascinating, and bird's being A-Holes to each other came up in conversation, but I couldn't remember ALL the chaos that honeyguides are designed to unleash. I searched the episode list but couldn't find it, because the full term "honeyguide" wasn't listed in the show's description (I later found it by just searching for the word "honey"). Similar frustrations have occurred in conversations that triggered my quasi-understanding of Tommy John surgery, the video game garbage dump excavation, foreign licorice, and countless others. Having transcripts, I'm assuming, would allow searching the entire show's history more effectively. For a guy who suffers from a self diagnosed condition known as "Swiss Cheese of the Brain" I would LOVE to see transcripts of the show.

November 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterherpnerd
transcription detail

November 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterzahra

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