There's a new podcast in town, and it's focused on R. Four members of the R community (Oliver Keyes, Wikimedia Foundation; Jasmine Dumas. DePaul University; Ted Hart, Silcon Valley “fruit vendor”; and Mikhail Popov, Wikimedia Foundation) have banded together to produce R Talk, a podcast about “the R Programming language, featuring news, interviews and dives into how R is used in different academic and indutry fields”. In the inaugural episode, Jasmine shared her experiences developing R in the Google Summer of Code, and Oliver shared his impressions (and stories from) the recent useR conference in Denmark. Ted also responded to a user question on the history of CRAN and whether anything is likely to replace it (and you can submit your own question to be answered in a future episode by tweeting to @RTalkPodcast).
I was honoured to also be an invited guest on the first show. In my segment (which begins at around the 37-minute mark), where I chatted about Revolution Analytics and the acquisition by Microsoft, and about the goals of the newly-formed R Consortium (of which Microsoft is a board member). Also on the topic of the R Consortium, Bob Muenchen suggests several goals for the R Consortium to pursue, which the board will definitely discuss. Got any other suggestions for the R Consortium? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.