I am trying to do something a little bit different with Covert Contact. My goal is to produce a program that showcases complex and meaningful security topics in a manner that resonates across the entire spectrum. I have many diplomats, journalists, technologists, intelligence and military professionals in the audience (which I am thankful for) but I want the casual observer of international affairs, intelligence, or technology to find the program accessible, thought-provoking, and engaging as well.
We’re going to go off in unexpected directions, wrestle with big problems, and struggle to gain a true understanding of what is happening around us. Along the way I’ll be engaging diplomats, soldiers, technologists, spies, authors, artists, researchers, and journalists so that we can look at issues from diverse perspectives. I will share my opinions but my goal isn't to tell you want to think. I want to spark new thoughts and ideas.
How You Can Help
It starts with listening (and with 500,000 downloads in 74 episodes it looks like you're doing exactly that!) That's a mark that I didn't expect to hit with this little experiment. This confirms, as I suspected, that there is an audience that appreciates a thoughtful approach to complex topics, that wants to escape partisan blather, that wants to be challenged. Now I just need your help to keep it going and make it better. Here's what you can do:
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Hit the Tip Jar
Decent studio equipment and hosting isn't cheap. I won't even get into the time spent on these projects. If all of this is valuable to you, and you'd like to see it continue (and grow), parting with $5, $10, or more can really help. If I made you a cup of coffee you'd likely throw a dollar in the tip jar, right? Well, you can do the same via PayPal:
You can PayPal me as little (or as much) as you'd like via http://paypal.me/blogsofwar
Of course, I also have a Bitcoin address: 1LpHVQCC88bZbcjThAR92wGAmjSmnwsB8r
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There are Covert Contact listeners in 186 countries. I'd love to hear from you. What do you like/dislike about the show? Perhaps you can recommend guests. How do you listen to the show? What topics would you like to see covered? Perhaps you'd just like to tell me a little about yourself. I'm interested! Learning about you, and how you engage with Covert Contact, can only help make the podcast better. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. If security or privacy is a concern please check the Blogs of War contact page for details about encrypted communication.
Review the Podcast
If you enjoy Covert Contact, and want to help it grow, taking a minute or two out of your day to leave a review on iTunes (or your favorite podcast directory) is helpful - and very much appreciated.
The easiest way to support Covert Contact is by sharing the show with others. Tweet and share Facebook posts of the Covert Contact episodes that you like. Tell co-workers, friends, and family about the show. Get involved in communities like /r/podcasts (but please don't spam them). Re-tweet @CovertContact. Perhaps you want to get really creative and start a listener blog with reviews and background on episodes and guests. Anything you can do to get the word out is helpful.
Become a Guest
I am fortunate to have access to people who are deeply knowledgeable on a wide range of topics but that doesn't mean that I'm not always searching for more. If you're interested in appearing on the podcast please get in touch, introduce yourself, share your work or experience, and we'll talk.
The Next Level
I haven't asked for financial support for the show despite the thousands of hours invested in this project and significant amount of money spent on improving recording gear. That's because I wanted to make sure the project was successful and sustainable before people contributed their hard earned dollars to keep it going. That being said, I think we've hit that mark (thanks to you) and it's time to consider the next phase of growth. Look for Covert Contact merchandise and mechnisms for financial support to roll out before the end of 2017.