The Black Goat


Aboard the Hype Train

March 7, 2018

Are you ready? ARE YOU READYYYYYYYY? In today's episode we talk about hype. Hype! HYPE!!! Scientific research often gets hyped - in press coverage and public outreach, as well as in scientists' communication with each other through journals and talks. Where does hype come from? What effects does it have? How far should we be willing to stray from the data? Are there times when it's okay to "play ball" with a journalist to tell a good story? Plus: a letter about dropping a co-author who's also a personal friend.


The Black Goat is hosted by Sanjay Srivastava, Alexa Tullett, and Simine Vazire. Find us on the web at, on Twitter at @blackgoatpod, or on Facebook at You can email us at You can subscribe to us on iTunes.

Our theme music is Peak Beak by Doctor Turtle, available on under a Creative Commons noncommercial attribution license.

This is episode 29. It was recorded February 27, 2018.