Of course anyone can leave a comment on any episode of BrainScratch with topic suggestions, or you can tweet them to me at @LordanARTs, however some viewers want to do more.
As the show grows and I attempt to create more content weekly, I'm looking for BrainScratch Topic Researchers to dive into the details and look for the truth. Becoming a researcher is easy, and you'll get credit as well as a lot of one on one communication with me as we line up the episode. As of right now, there is no official pay for this job, but as the channel grows I'm hopeful that will change. We're a startup, and I need people that want to grow and learn with me.
The framework of BrainScratch is relatively simple. The outline below is specific to covering a murder story, but can also be used for a missing persons episode.
1) A timeline of the known events (the day of the murder/disappearance).
2) Potential suspects or people of interest in the original investigation (pictures would be appreciated, but not totally necessary)
3) Stories or theories on the motive (for example, why exactly did X kill Y?), and who those theories came from.
4) Any noted discrepancies to the "official story." (include any experts that may support or counter the official story here)
5) "Fringe Theories" Essentially any quotes or thoughts on what may have happened (this is where we can cover gossip, ideas that don't necessarily line up with the official story, opinions from non-experts, etc).
Some BrainScratch episodes are more topical in nature (like the coverage I did on the Solway Firth Spaceman, or Denver International Airport), but the structure is similar.
1) What is the official belief?
2) Why should that belief be questioned (any motives for the belief to be untrue)
3) Input from experts (trying to find a few quotes from experts on BOTH sides of the "belief")
4) "Fringe Theories" Essentially any quotes or thoughts on the actual truth of the "belief," or a new belief (this is where we can cover gossip, ideas that don't necessarily line up with the official story, opinions from non-experts, etc).
Typically I use between 6 and 10 different web sources for one episode of BrainScratch. I anticipate you could do the preliminary research in approximately 3-6 hours, depending on the topic. To submit it to me, just follow the appropriate outline from above, and email it to me at Geekendorx@gmail.com.