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Shakin' Up Our Patreon Rewards!

April 05, 2018

A few years ago, to help offset our out-of-pocket costs for running the show, we started up a Patreon so listeners who love us and wanted to help keep the show running could give us a few dollars a month.

We love our Patreons! They've kept us going and made the show affordable for this dedicated group of volunteer podcasters to keep running. So in thanks to our existing Patreons – and in hopes of encouraging more of our listeners to add us to their Patreon donate list – we've changed up our Patreon reward tiers!

Celebrating Science Birthdays!

Once a year, for Patreon supporters donating $5 per month or higher, we'll send you a card celebrating an important – but lesser known – scientist on their birthday. This lovely birthday card will include custom commissioned artwork and a delightful poem about the scientist's life and achievements.

Every year we'll pick a different scientist whose birthday we're celebrating: this year, if you want to be guaranteed to receive your own scientist birthday card, you'll need to sign up to donate $5/month on Patreon by no later than May 15.

$10/month patreons will also get a Science Birthday magnet in addition to the birthday card, so they can be reminded of a brilliant scientist every time they open their fridge.

$25/month patreons will also get a sweet, stylish, Science for the People logo tote bag to carry their Science Birthday magnet and card around in to show off to their friends.

And for those heroic listeners who want to expand their science coffee mug collection, we'll also be sending $50/month patreons a coffee mug with the Science Birthday artwork, in addition to the magnet, the birthday card, and the tote. Take it to work, and anytime someone asks who's on your mug, edu-tain your coworkers by reading them a poem about a scientist we guarantee they've never heard of!

Thanks For Supporting Us!

In return, you’ll be supporting what we do, paying our lovely editors and producers, and helping us upgrade our equipment so our voices will sound even better in your ears! And if we make enough, we'd like to start doing live shows in cities near you!

Who are we featuring this year? We'll be releasing teasers of the art over the next few weeks, but to see the final art and read the poem celebrating their contribution to science, you'll need to become a patreon!

We'll be dropping a special episode about the scientist on May 31: stay tuned!

How To Get Your Science Birthday Merch

If you want to be guaranteed to receive this year's science birthday merch, sign up to support us on Patreon for $5/month or more by no later than May 15, 2018. This is the cutoff for our first mailing.

Anyone who signs up to support us on Patreon for $5/month or more between May 16 - May 31, 2018, MIGHT receive Science Birthday merch in the second mailing, but ONLY while supplies last. No guarantees on what will be available after May 15, so if it will break your heart to be empty-handed, make sure you sign up early!

If you're already supporting us on Patreon at $5/month or more, you're already on the list to get your Science Birthay merch for this year. The only thing we need from you is where to send your merch. Email us with your Patreon username and your mailing address at or send us a message with the same information via Patreon by no later than May 15.

We're only doing 1 print run of each birthday card and 2 mailings, so if you want to celebrate a science birthday with us this year – and who wouldn't – make sure to sign up by May 15.

And spread the word! Retweet us, tell your friends, try and guess who we'll be celebrating this year! We'd love for our listeners to support us in any way they can, and your retweets, likes, ratings and reviews help put our show in more ears.

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