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 22: Taking time to listen

    June 9th, 2020  |  2 mins 49 secs

    Julia and Jonathan have a short show this week so you have time to listen to one of the other great podcasts by Black academics linked to in our show notes.

  • Episode 21: Congratulations, you are now a Mentor!

    May 27th, 2020  |  57 mins 2 secs

    Mentoring is one of those things in life that is super important but that most of us don’t get much training about. Julia and Jonathan talk about how mentees can seek out effective mentors (understanding everyone differs in their flexibility), and things mentors can do to be more helpful. And a friendly reminder that you’re never to young to have a mentor, or to be a mentor.

  • Episode 20: Registered reports

    May 12th, 2020  |  45 mins 38 secs

    Julia and Jonathan are excited about registered reports. They discuss pros (many) and cons (none?) and try to provide an overview of the process for newbies. Also, find out the best food to cook in your waffle maker (hint: it may not be a waffle).

  • Episode 19: Sharing more is caring more

    April 28th, 2020  |  53 mins 51 secs

    Jonathan and Julia—and special guest Violet Brown—muse over sharing sciency things that AREN’T code and data (such as knowledge about statistical analysis or writing grants). What is the best way to share this knowledge, who’s our audience, and why bother? Plus, find out whether you are in Jonathan’s scientific generation or not.

  • Episode 18: Sharing is caring

    April 14th, 2020  |  50 mins 32 secs

    Julia and Jonathan catch up on FU from Julia’s “self correcting” episode and dive into talking about why and how we share our data and code. What are the pros and cons? Will you be helping your future self? Spoiler alert: your hosts are more convinced by the pros. Plus, lots of interesting links to supplement your listening.

  • Episode 17: Self correcting

    March 31st, 2020  |  50 mins 49 secs

    In this episode, Julia describes the process of finding and correcting a major error in one of her published papers. A programming mistake had generated a pattern of data that was, in fact, completely untrue. Julia shares how she discovered the error, the temptation to conceal it, and the process of disclosing it to her co-authors, the journal it was published in, her tenure committee, and others. Along the way, Julia and Jonathan talk about the incentive structures of science, the benefits of programmatic research and scientific transparency, and the importance of sharing our mistakes and how we fix them.

  • Episode 16: All we can do is the best we can do

    March 24th, 2020  |  49 mins 47 secs

    Things feel a little crazy at the moment but listening to podcasts can only help. Right? RIGHT? Julia and Jonathan share how they are approaching teaching and maintaining sanity during coronavirus lockdown. Slack, Zoom tea time, faux commutes, and Julia’s speakeasy (password: “password”).

  • Episode 15: Talking the talk

    March 10th, 2020  |  59 mins 22 secs

    Scientific talks are the topic and Jonathan and Julia offer a wide ranging set of thoughts on topics ranging from practice to laser pointers to imagining Julia sitting in the back row of your audience. In an unexpected moment of honesty Jonathan admits to usually wearing pants (AND trousers, by the way).

  • Episode 14: Bumps in the road

    February 25th, 2020  |  48 mins 24 secs

    Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and sometimes this is OK. Jonathan and Julia talk about how we react when our plans don’t work out and offer a bit of specific advice for graduate school applicants. Julia doubts that ALL dolphins are friendly and helpful, and Jonathan shares about the time he was almost a wrestler.

  • Episode 13: You're not an imposter, and it's not a syndrome

    February 11th, 2020  |  48 mins 28 secs

    IMposter or imPOSter? However you pronounce it, Julia and Jonathan take on the topic of imposter syndrome, which as it turns out isn’t really a syndrome. Everyone experiences this to various degrees but gosh it can be hard to talk about. Maybe we can change the world by being more intentional about supporting each other in both our successes and not-knowing-and-it’s-OKings.

  • Episode 12: Just get something on paper

    January 28th, 2020  |  46 mins 12 secs

    Julia and Jonathan dive into the topic of writing, including when in a project we tend to write, some common challenges, and approaches that have worked for them (and which may, or may not, work for you). Some handy tricks involve phrases like “reverse outlining”, “word vomit”, and “parenthetical REF”. Jonathan has the most boring game ever to help him write. Challenge for the week: Find a paper that inspires you to write well, and share it with someone.

  • Episode 11: Academic seasons

    January 14th, 2020  |  40 mins 59 secs

    F/U related to Julia’s tenure and weaponry, and Jonathan’s sleep deprivation, before moving into discussing seasons of the academic year. How do we use these to help us plan and take advantage of when we have the most energy? Weekly challenge: send someone you know (which might be your future self) a nice note to encourage them. Speaking of mail, keep sending your email.

  • Episode 10: Floss the ones you want to keep

    December 31st, 2019  |  42 mins 16 secs

    To bring 2019 to a close Julia and Jonathan offer unsolicited advice on a wide range of topics, including health, finances, and computers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Julia gets an important phone call related to her career (insert suspenseful music).

  • Episode 9: Please consider it for publication in [Your Fine Journal]

    December 17th, 2019  |  54 mins 56 secs

    Jonathan and Julia talk about how we get our research published. What do we think about when picking a journal? When in the process do we pick a journal? What’s the deal with preferred/nonpreferred reviewers? The squeaky wheel gets the grease, but when's a reasonable time to start squeaking?

  • Episode 8: Find your own chunk size

    December 3rd, 2019  |  54 mins 5 secs

    Winter is here, prompting a discussion of clothing and coziness before getting into the how and the why of organization systems (especially to-do lists and calendar-related things). Breaking things down into meaningfully-sized chunks is good (with a real-world example from manuscript writing). Good calendar hygiene is important.

  • Episode 7: Too much stuff in the closet

    November 19th, 2019  |  42 mins 24 secs

    Jonathan and Julia tackle the topic of things that distract us from what we are dHEY look a squirrel!!! There’s a balance between being focused and having the freedom to explore. If there are too many things in your closet, they won’t fit neatly, and you might just have to get rid of something. Jonathan loves the IRB.