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During a sabbatical in 2016, Liz Haswell binged on podcasts such as the journalism-storytelling shows This American Life and Serial. Haswell — a plant biologist at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri — loved the informal, conversational style of the medium, and the convenience of listening while doing other tasks. She started discussing the idea of making a science podcast with a friend. But the idea didn’t take hold until the editor-in-chief of The Plant Cell, a journal published by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), that Haswell helped to edit, asked if she wanted to assist in putting together a journal club.