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This is going to be a little unusual.
 
So, you know how on public radio sometimes they're like, "Instead of having content this week, we're just going to bug you to give us money"? Well, this is like that, except more rare, and also more weird.
 
SciShow takes quite a lot of work and money to make. All these people back here are working on graphics, and editing, and prepping scripts and stuff, and they keep asking me to pay them. And one of them's actually shooting the video behind the video but you cannot see her, because no matter where she turns the camera she's always behind the camera.
 
But you see her sometimes in front of the camera - Caitlin, Caitlin is behind the camera.
 
Now, we feel extremely lucky and happy and grateful to have jobs making content about how fascinating the world is, and not being under the thumb of some gigantic media company that might be a little more interested in profit than science.

Part of the reason we can do this is because two years ago, we made a video asking people if they could, and felt compelled, to give us money as a kind of voluntary subscription through Subbable.com.
 
Well that system has worked, and it's worked very well. Those Subbable subscribers have helped SciShow grow and share more in-depth, thoughtful, and contextualized information about the world. Now, with two and a half million subscribers here, and over three hundred thousand on SciShow Space, we're confident that people are liking the things that we do.
 
Now for the weird news. Subbable uses Amazon Payments, and Amazon recently told us that the payment system Subbable uses won't exist any more in a few months, so we were stuck searching for new payment systems.
 
As part of that search, we talked to our friends at Patreon about their systems, and they gave us some advice, but they also said, hey, like, as long as people are going to have to re-input their credit card information, maybe we could look into becoming one company instead of two.
 
Patreon is very similar to Subbable. Patreon patrons make monthly pledges to support content that they love and want to exist, just like Subbable, and we've been buds with them ever since the platforms launched.
 
Then, they were all like, also, we will match every dollar pledged to you in the first month and a half, and we were like yeah! Okay, yeah that sounds good, let's do that! So Patreon is acquiring Subbable, and SciShow is moving to Patreon.
 
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