About the Hosts

Shauna Harrison

Shauna is a freelance photographer and writer with a background in marketing and communications. Her full-time gig is working in public relations where she spends most her time framing and telling people’s stories.

Shauna is a Bibliophile, Math geek, Nerdfighter, and Ravenclaw. She is currently working on her first book, a YA fantasy novel.

Shauna has guest-hosted on other podcasts including "Your Brain On Facts" and "The Beige and the Bold".

Shauna's personal Twitter handle is: @Writer_Shauna

Dan Pugh

Dan spent the first 20+ years of his career in public safety holding positions as a firefighter, paramedic, emergency manager, and disaster responder. He earned lots of letters after his name, which just make his business cards really long and obnoxious. After what seemed like a lifetime, Dan left his cushy 90 hour a week Director level government job to start his own consulting business focused on preparedness and public outreach.

Throughout Dan's career, he always had a hand in public outreach. This left Dan writing scores of education materials, business documents, and short stories to help people connect to preparedness efforts. Now, Dan writes more fanciful stories - and still some preparedness outreach stuff.

Dan has guest-hosted on other podcasts including "State of Ready" and "Your Brain On Facts". 

Dan's fandom labels include Nerdfighter, Gryffindor, and any labels you wish to ascribe to a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Stargate.

Dan's personal Twitter handle is: @ParagonOfDan


  1. I really love this podcast. Unfortunately, it is difficult to listen to sometimes. It makes me very uncomfortable at how often Dan interupts Shauna. Please stop talking over her. Please stop abruply stopping her story-telling mid-sentence. Stop undermining her. Why do you have to mansplain everything? You need to treat her with more respect and with actual validity. I've only listened up to episode 8 and it really upsets that I have yet to hear Shauna speak for a whole minute uninterupted. Whereas you, Dan, you will speak for 2-3 minutes while she kindly listens. Check your privilege.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. The early episodes were not well edited as we were learning how to transition. Frequently, we would have "hard stops" with no transition which made it sound more like interuptions than actually happened. Though I have no doubt there were definitely some interuptions from me. We also changed out mic set up so we could filter out much of the overtalk. I recommend you check out the more recent episodes and let us know if you still see some of the same issue. Again, thanks for listening and thanks for providing feedback!

  2. Re: Your podcast "Mind Your Ps and Qs":
    Typography has been a field that has contributed many arcane expressions and words to language. Likely, it is that Ps and Qs are less commonly used than Bs and Ds and may confuse the typesetter more often. Also, using P and Q as training examples is probably more memorable than the more mundane B and D. When I used to set handset type, I was given the tip to mentally envision sliding the stem of the letter up or down to turn the letter into its proper form. Also, we were taught to use BPDQ as a mnemonic: "Be Pretty Darn Quick" to memorize them. I am a member of the International Typographical Union which originated as the Guild to which both Gutenberg and Franklin belonged. Both written and oral traditions thereof have been jealously guarded as arcane knowledge which was the basis of their power and their enemies. This may make it difficult to research customs and literature of this trade, but efforts there may produce some interesting knowledge.