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Cha Chat Podcast

A podcast about the study of tea for the Global Tea Institute at UC Davis

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About the Podcast

The Cha Chat podcast was started in 2018 as an exploration of tea and scholarship at UC Davis and beyond. Cha Chat was developed to support the Global Tea Institute and provide insight into tea research, as well as complement our conversations with providing relevant library resources on the topic to encourage the listener to dive into the literature. Cha Chat continues to produce content on an intermittent basis.

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Production Information

animated gif of water being poured over a teapot

Erik Fausak is the primary host/editor/producer of the podcast but the guests really make the show.  The podcast is recorded on the Zoom H4N and often Shure SM58 dynamic microphones are used.  If there is a Skype interview, the Zoom H4N will be used with Audio Hijack (macintosh) by Rogue Amoeba.  Podcast editing is done on Audacity and GarageBand. The podcast is hosted on Anchor, a free podcast hosting service that also helps distribute content to podcast platforms like Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Castbox, and Pocket Casts.

Any accompanying video is recorded with an iPhone 6s and edited in iMovie.  Content will be uploaded to AggieVideo.

The current soundtrack for the podcast was retrieved from the Free Music Archive, Tea (Asiafied by Csum) by Gastronom 22 (CC License)

Images are taken by an iPhone 6s or Canon Rebel DSLR and edited on Photoshop Express.

The logo for the Cha Chat podcast originates from an ad in the late 1920s for the Dutch tea (and coffee) company, Van Nelle ((drukker: Nathaniel Lloyd & Co; opdrachtgever/adverteerder: Nathaniel Lloyd & Co. (London), Erven de Wed. J. van Nelle (Rotterdam); i.e. onbekend (unknown) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons))

An illustrated ad for Van Nelle picturing a women drinking tea