The juice and the squeeze

A zesty podcast by two academics about where, how, and why we focus our efforts

About the show

We (Julia and Jonathan) happen to be academics and also happen to be psychologists studying speech perception. We want to make awesome science, make science awesome, and share what we’ve learned with a broad audience. In The Juice and the Squeeze, we peel apart issues in our careers and beyond (e.g., prioritizing, imposter syndrome, motivation, and more).

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Episodes

  • Episode 42: The "new normal"

    September 14th, 2021  |  44 mins 51 secs

    There's a lot about the last year and a half we are happy to get rid of, but are there any things we'd like to keep? Julia and Jonathan talk about the advantages of online meetings and talks, flexibility in classes, and (if we're lucky) discovering we can say "no" to things and it's OK.

  • Episode 41: How to make fewer research mistakes

    August 31st, 2021  |  47 mins 15 secs

    After an unplanned summer hiatus Julia and Jonathan are back to talk about errors in research, and specifically how we can make fewer of them. Julia talks about her Error Tight project for implementing some culture changes, including standardization, how to cultivate a sense of shared responsibility in a research lab. Research mistakes reflect a failure of systems rather than a failure of people—so let’s improve our systems!

  • Episode 40: Teaching nitty gritty

    June 1st, 2021  |  50 mins 49 secs

    Wrapping up our mini-series on teaching, Julia and Jonathan talk about readings, grading, and how to fairly offer flexibility to students in our classes. In-class activities, quizzes, how many grades to drop, how to handle late assignments, how to get feedback from students, and more.

  • Episode 39: The syllabus, and why it must be read

    April 27th, 2021  |  41 mins 50 secs

    After “big picture teaching” last episode, Julia and Jonathan dive into the weeds a bit, spending a lot of time on the syllabus. Is it a contract? A way to communicate “hidden curriculum”? A fun way to connect with your students? In short, yes, and also, it depends. Also, maybe it’s unrealistic to expect students to carefully read all 20 pages of our syllabus without offering incentives (can you blame them?)?

  • Episode 38: Big picture teaching

    March 23rd, 2021  |  44 mins 27 secs

    OK, your turn to teach a course for the first time (or the Nth time). Now what? Julia and Jonathan share thoughts and experiences (and mistakes) from teaching lecture courses. For example, how do you decide what to cover (hint: you don’t have to teach all of the topics in the textbook)? How do we model excitement for learning? What hidden curriculum will you include? Also, Oregon Trail.

  • Episode 37: Pandemic fine

    February 16th, 2021  |  46 mins 38 secs

    Julia recaps the first-ever Midwinter Ball and sets the bar high for future MWBers, as a prelude for talking about how life these days can be hard even if we are “fine”. Having a hard time is normal, and when it’s Kobayashi Maru time, there might not be a perfect solution. Take a minute to be extra kind to others this week and keep hanging in there!

  • Episode 36: Hashtag scicomm

    January 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Julia and Jonathan share comments they made as part of a talk on science communication. Turns out, we scientists are ALL involved in science communication, whether we realize it or not (or whether or not we like it). Know your audience. Communication is a learnable skill. And many more tidbits on what is our longest podcast to date (!). Special consideration given to our experiences with Twitter and podcasts.

  • Episode 35: Smooth sailling in your research pipeline

    January 12th, 2021  |  48 mins 20 secs

    How do you bring a research project from brilliant idea to completion? Julia and Jonathan talk about implementing a research project pipeline, including some nuts-and-bolts of how files are organized and what gets kept track of. If all you take away is that having a project log is a good idea, it will be time worth spent! Also, get prepping for celebrating Midwinter Ball (January 17).

  • Episode 34: It takes a whole village of pit crew

    December 22nd, 2020  |  44 mins 39 secs

    Mentors are great, but can’t meet all our needs. In the last episode of 2020, Julia and Jonathan explore other people in our support networks, how we can find them, and why they are useful to have.

  • Episode 33: As an academic, the best time to have children is...

    December 1st, 2020  |  51 mins 39 secs
    parenting, work-life balance

    After very excellent banter about Frozen Custard and Julia inventing a new Winter Holiday, your hosts offer wide ranging thoughts on having children as an academic. The general theme is along the lines of “don’t let anyone tell you what to do but here are our experiences and some things you might want to think about”. And, a little about what we, and institutions, might be able to do to help normalize all genders being involved in childcare and family life.

  • Episode 32: Which niche will you pick?

    October 27th, 2020  |  48 mins 20 secs

    Julia likes Halloween JUST A LITTLE and Julia and Jonathan start with their annual review of Julia’s Halloween plans. Then, on to talk about finding a research niche. It turns out it's not Leonardo Da Vinci times where it’s possible for one person to know everything, and Julia and Jonathan extol the virtues of programmatic research (and some hints on how to find your program).

  • Episode 31: Grant writing: Who's your audience?

    October 20th, 2020  |  50 mins 43 secs

    Julia and Jonathan have a wide-ranging discussion on grant writing, starting with a basic question: Which audience are you writing for? Topics include the mindset of your reviewers (hint: not always as expert as you might think), how to handle resubmissions, and our wish that it were easier to see examples of grants.

  • Episode 30: We thank the reviewers for their helpful comments

    October 6th, 2020  |  57 mins 20 secs

    You get reviewer comments back on your manuscript. How do you respond to them? Julia and Jonathan give their perspective on picking your battles, structuring a response letter, and how much to include vs. not. Some of us get grumpy when we read reviews, and many of us have experience with Grumpy Reviewer 2. But what about Helpful Reviewer 4? Also, your hosts invite David Tennant to be a guest on the podcast next time Julia is out of town.

  • Episode 29: Reviewing

    September 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Peer review is an integral part of the scientific endeavor. Julia and Jonathan share thoughts about why we review, and how we review. And, some thoughts on how to review less if you review a lot, and how to review MORE if you’d like to get started.

  • Episode 28: "Soft" skills

    September 8th, 2020  |  49 mins 20 secs

    Be serenaded by the dulcet tones of crying babies while you hear Julia and Jonathan discuss poorly-named “soft skills” of academia, including project management, general organization, and taking care of yourself (“sharpening your saw”). Empathy and theory-of-mind are undervalued as soft skills but are probably things we can practice. Imposter syndrome makes an appearance. And, Jonathan also explores a unique publishing opportunity.

  • Episode 27: Postdocs and how to apply for them

    August 27th, 2020  |  57 mins 30 secs

    What’s a postdoc? Why might you do one? And, how do you get one? Jonathan and Julia talk about their own experiences and advice, including why it’s never too early to start and why considering the F word is useful. But before any of that, a refreshing digression on cocktails and clear ice.