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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  • Episode 48: New, again

    August 7th, 2023  |  43 mins 17 secs

    Back after a year (!) away, Julia and Jonathan cover what’s been going on for the last year, and new things they are doing. Perhaps depressingly, they agree that being older or more advanced in one’s career doesn’t prevent the need for some degree of “starting over” when new challenges present themselves. Plus, Julia shares a strong book recommendation!

  • Episode 47: Hobbies!

    June 20th, 2022  |  54 mins 28 secs

    Jonathan has a career announcement and Julia is excited about graduation. Jonathan’s world didn’t fall apart when he checked his email less. And the main topic: what makes a good hobby? Do Jonathan or Julia have any hobbies?

  • Episode 46: Not overextending ourselves (and helping trainees to do the same)

    April 26th, 2022  |  46 mins 43 secs

    Julia and Jonathan revisit the issue of how we manage our time and our commitments so that we can keep some sense of sanity, instead of feeling like butter being scraped over too much bread. In brief, when there’s too much stuff in the closet, you need to lean harder into your pile of no’s, because you probably only have about 4000 weeks to work with. How do we decide whether the juice is worth the squeeze (as it were)? Maybe we should start giving awards for thinking long and hard about a topic.

  • Episode 45: To open or not to open (email, or books during an exam)

    December 14th, 2021  |  45 mins 57 secs

    After some long-overdue Halloween follow-up and Jonathan horrifying Julia with his new strategy for (not) dealing with email, your hosts tackle the topic of exam questions, and in particular, how to handle the prospect of open-book exams in classes where we would still like students to study. Should exams be timed? Multiple-choice? How do we incentivize students to spend time outside of class and support our learning goals while also being appropriately flexible? There are no easy answers but Julia and Jonathan offer some ideas.

  • Episode 44: Collaborations

    October 26th, 2021  |  54 mins 29 secs

    For many of us, collaborating with other researchers is one of our favorites part of an academic career. In this episode Julia and Jonathan talk about different kinds of collaborations and what to think about when you’re starting a collaboration. And, some potential downsides of collaborations and how hopefully avoid the worst of these.

  • Episode 43: Self-promotion but let's call it something else

    October 19th, 2021  |  51 mins 38 secs

    Like all of life academia is social. Julia and Jonathan talk about different strategies for telling our colleagues about our work, including “advertising” our papers, talks, and the importance of having a website (you don’t have one? Get one!). These things are important at any career stage and you can start doing them wherever you’re at.

  • 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.