I was on the TalkPython podcast with Michael Kennedy! We talked about teaching Python at a Community College and how I moved a college engineering class from MATLAB to Python. In the course I'm teaching this quarter, my students use Jupyter notebooks running on a JupyterHub server. I talked with Michael about how the JupyterHub server was set up and the advantages JupyterHub has over MATLAB.

You can click on This Link to hear the episode or click on the player below:

If you want to see how I deployed JupyterHub for my students, check out the docs here:



Before we started recording, I was excited and nervous. TalkPython is a show I listen to every time a new episode is released. Michael, the host of TalkPython, is an excellent, skilled and experienced interviewer. He made the recording process clear for me as a guest.

A couple of notes on being a podcast guest:

  • Michael send out a Google doc with some talking points before we recorded. It was helpful to have an outline of talking points in front of me when we started recording.
  • I gave myself an hour to get ready and set up my recording stuff. Even with an hour to set up, I still called in over Skype about 5 minutes late.
  • I used a USB microphone and a set of headphones.
  • Michael started the Skype call with some get-to-know-you chat. It was lovely to talk to him "offline" before we began recording. Our ~10-minute casual conversation calmed my nerves and helped me understand how the recording was going to work.
  • Michael edits the audio before he posts the final podcast. Knowing that the sound could be modified was a big help. It made me worry less that I would flub a sentence.
  • Because TalkPython episodes are edited and Michael has lots of guests lined up, the episode with me was posted a couple weeks after we recorded.
  • When the episode came out, I tweeted the episode link out (I also wrote this blog post).
  • Being a guest on TalkPython was super fun! I feel honored to be on such a high-quality show with such a large following.

Thank-you TalkPython and Michael for helping me share my story with the Python community!