Q&A with Sawbones / by Teagan Kuruna

We have so many great podcasts participating in the 5th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival, so we're highlighting some of them in this Q&A series. You can find the full schedule of live shows here, and purchase tickets for Sawbones' live recording on July 16 at 2:00pm at the Trocodero here.


How did your show come about? How did you meet your co-host?

Well, Sydnee and I met around 20 years ago in a community theater production of Wizard of Oz. We dated, broke up for a decade then reconnected and got married. The podcast came later. We wanted something that would emphasize Sydnee's medical knowledge (she's a family physician) with my complete ignorance of even basic functions of the human body.

Are there episodes you consider your “greatest hits?” Which ones are good “entry” points for new listeners?

We did an episode on Medical Cannibalism. Seriously, Victorian people eating mummies for vitality. That's my favorite.

What do you appreciate most about this medium?

It's an intensely personal thing to be piped via headphone directly into someone's brain. It's so flattering to be invited in like that, and we try to always be respectful of that.

What do you most look forward to when doing live shows? How does the show change?

Well, we don't curse on our show which adds a thrilling difficulty modifier when doing it in front of a live crowd. Also, sometimes we add songs!

What are you hoping to do in Philly other than record a live podcast?

We do a podcast about medical oddities, so naturally we're going to go to the Mutter Museum!

Where can people find your podcast and hosts?

We're at http://www.sawbonesshow.com or on iTunes, Stitcher, etc.