Scattered: The Last Episode?

When I state in my introduction to the podcast Scattered that scattered remains is an undervalued topic, I’m not kidding.

In my heart and gut, I know that scattered and scavenged remains are important topics to study and apply. It is a topic important enough to be part of the knowledge portfolio of every physical anthropologist and law enforcement officer. The idea of a podcast hit two birds with one stone: to increase awareness of the topic while also providing much needed information in an accessible manner. But my research facilitator / project manager brain knew that my passion wasn’t enough to float the podcast boat: I needed to know if it was feasible to create.

I compiled a list of every expert, professional, and potential contributor I could think of that I could solicit as podcast interviewees. That list was over 20 people long. I was looking to create one season of 8 to 10 episodes, so I thought a 50% interview rate would be possible. I considered this as the foundation of ‘feasible’ and moved forward with learning how to podcast.

Of all the people I contacted, and of the contacts of contacts, only four people thought that speaking about scattered human remains was worthwhile. This is an unprecedented time, I know. Not everyone is adjusting so happily to the pandemic as I. But four out of 20 people is pretty measly. I’ve now started cold-calling people far outside my network realm. There is a distinct gap in knowledge regarding bear and cat scavenging activity in forensic contexts. This gap needs to be addressed on the podcast, but I’m not getting anywhere.

I don’t know which is worse: no reply or the 10-word rejections.

As a writer, I’m no stranger to rejection. It took me a long time to recognize and accept that not everyone would like or appreciate my writing. I’d categorized this under ‘creative differences’ and agreed with myself that I would continue to create only for myself. If I didn’t write for me and me alone, then there was no reason to do it. But what do you do when your creation requires the collaboration of others?

I don’t have an answer to this.

I suspect it may have something to do with inspiring such collaboration; however, I’m a little tapped out of inspiration at the moment. How do you inspire strangers to give a shit and collaborate with you to create something amazing? Yeah, I dunno. Suggestions are welcome.

If it sounds like I’m a bit despondent, I am.

Am I surprised that very few people care about scattered and scavenged remains? No, not really. This was part of the reason I created the podcast, am creating courses, and hope to do more research in the future. Very few people care because very few people know about it and the implications of it.

Besides, I’ve always been WAY ahead of the curve. Mark my words, my little podcast will be a hit in 20 years. Yup.

In the meantime, spread the word: scattered and scavenged remains are important. It needs to be studied more and the resulting knowledge spread far and wide. If you’re looking for a collaborator, I’m here. And if you know anything about bear or cat scavenging behaviour, contact me, dammit!

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