Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.
We have a loyal listening audience that has grown organically over the last 6 years, and who are eager to support the podcast. We have lively communities where our listeners discuss our episodes on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.
We take our ad reads seriously, and enjoy treating each read as a mini-discussion, injecting the reads with personal anecdotes and humor (when possible). Our aim is to support products and services that allow us to sincerely communicate our positive experiences with them, as our listeners are accustomed to an authentic, honest conversation in each episode.
About the Host
Host Name: Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro
Tamler Sommers is a professor of philosophy at the University of Houston, where he studies the philosophy of morality/ethics. He is the author of three books on human morality (including a recent popular press book, "Why Honor Matters).
David Pizarro is a professor of psychology at Cornell University, where he studies the psychology of human morality and the role of emotions on judgment. He has a popular TED talk on the emotion of disgust, and its role in shaping political judgments.
Average Episode Length
Twice a Month
Our listeners are interested in ethics, psychology,, cognitive science, and movies and TV shows that are relevant to these topics. While we are both academics, our audience comes from all walks of life--most are non-academics who enjoy an informal discussion of these topics.
Social Media Reach
Description of Reach
Our show distributes on most major platforms (including iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play), and is listed in the directories of major podcast apps (such as Overcast, Pocketcasts, and Castro). With every spot ordered, we will list our sponsors with links in show notes (which will be included in the podcast RSS feed), and link to these show notes on our twitter account, @verybadwizards (11.5k followers)), and our Facebook page, facebook.com/verybadwizards (14k followers). In addition, our hosting/CMS platform (fireside.fm) allows us to share the timestamps of our ad reads for each campaign with our sponsors.