The juice and the squeeze

The juice and the squeeze

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


14: Bumps in the road
Feb 25 • 48 min
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…
13: You’re not an imposter, and it’s not a syndrome
Feb 11 • 48 min
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…
12: Just get something on paper
Jan 28 • 46 min
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…
11: Academic seasons
Jan 14 • 40 min
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…
10: Floss the ones you want to keep
Dec 31, 2019 • 42 min
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).…
9: Please consider it for publication in [Your Fine Journal]
Dec 17, 2019 • 54 min
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…
8: Find your own chunk size
Dec 3, 2019 • 54 min
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…
7: Too much stuff in the closet
Nov 19, 2019 • 42 min
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…
6: Aggressively friendly
Nov 5, 2019 • 47 min
Sometimes it works to just go to a conference and wander around, but more often having a strategy is useful. Probably trying to do EVERYTHING will not be a winning strategy. Networking just means making friends with people who are interested in similar…
5: A pile of no’s
Oct 22, 2019 • 52 min
Julia’s favorite holiday is approaching and we all wish we could attend her Halloween party. Follow up to a listener email about how to handle new requests for work prompts a long discussion about how we choose what projects to work on in general. We…
4: 95 percent lean
Oct 8, 2019 • 36 min
Among all of the facts, focusing on positive ones (instead of negative ones) can help keep us in a good mental place. Julia both loves and hates running and is grateful to the mysterious woman who encourages her. A double-edged challenge for next time:…
3: Join the resistance
Sep 24, 2019 • 43 min
After a brief diversion for f/u we have a quick chat about the importance of having a website if you’re an academic. Taking time off from work (during the day, week, or year) seems VERY important for both happiness and productivity. But it's hard to do.…
2: Low-hanging fruit
Sep 10, 2019 • 44 min
How do we know what we are bad at, and what do we do about it (if anything)? Tupperware containers, face recognition, mental math, and grantwriting make the list. One of us may or may not have been a childhood chess prodigy. Sometimes just jumping in and…
1: Winding Roads
Sep 3, 2019 • 39 min
In their first ever podcast Julia and Jonathan talk about how many people’s careers don’t go in a straight line, and how this is often OK (but beware of survivorship bias). In the course of talking about their own career paths Julia reveals the costume…