Rank #1: Episode 535—A Little Yurt Won't Hurt
Join David in Host Emeritus Fred Greenhalgh's yurt--sorry, YAWFT--to hear the story of how Radio Drama Revival was started. It's an episode of friends new and old, of what audio fiction is and can be, and what exciting changes we have in store.
Joining us this week, and for ever after (hooray!) are Wil Williams and Elena Fernández-Collins.
Rank #2: Hostile Worlds
Guest host James Oliva (Definitely James Oliva) sits in for David as we explore the universe with The Podcast Host's Hostile Worlds
Rank #3: The Axe and Crown
This week, we dive into the fabulous world of The Axe and Crown -- (our very own) Eli McIlveen's spinoff miniseries from Alba Salix, Royal Physician. It's a fantasy world where the most immediate dangers aren't dragons or wizards, but yuppies threatening to gentrify your neighborhood.
Gubbin is a salty old troll who runs a tavern called The Axe and Crown. It's a dive bar on the bad side of the river. Stan is a human, and the naive new landlord who thinks he can renovate the place.
What we've got today is a little sampler that Eli threw together of episodes 2, 3, and 4: it'll be enough to whet your appetite, I reckon!
The Axe and Crown
Check out the interview I did with Eli when we first ran Alba Salix on RDR.
Rank #4: Alex Aldea and Darkest Night
It's a spine-tingler this week, as we dive into the twisted world of Darkest Night with a little story called "Horns Limo Service".
Darkest Night is a horror anthology series from the Paragon Collective, and what makes it special is its binaural recording setup. It's similar to what Campfire Radio does: it puts you inside the action. Not a lot of audio drama companies do this, and it's really neat!
After the feature, I have a chat with Alex Aldea, the director and producer of Darkest Night. We talk origins, horror, sound design, and all kinds of spoopy junk.
Rank #5: B.I.L.I.
Rank #6: Inhale
We're premiering INHALE, the latest miniseries by Rick Coste, the unstoppable, unbelievably prolific audio drama producer from New England.
Tracy Tanner is an unassuming librarian in the small town of Hemlock, Massachusetts—but Tracy isn't her real name, and she isn't just a librarian. Tracy is a superhero—and she's not supering anymore.
Join me as we dive into Tracy's secrets in this exciting new miniseries!
Rick Coste Productions
Rank #7: Utopia
This week we received a mysterious submission from a mysterious stranger who only identified themselves as Icewater.
Was it a dead-drop? Are we spies now? ARE YOU?!
Who knows, and who cares! Utopia is a fascinating new project that takes place in an alternate timeline that diverged from ours shortly after the first World War; the entire planet is now unified under a single government, everyone speaks Esperanto, and there's money and services sufficient to give everyone plenty of leisure time.
So why would anyone ever want out?
Our protagonist, Glacio, explores an ineffable well of discontentment within himself as we play episode 1 of Utopia: "Gladness".
Rank #8: RDR From the Vault: Stuff of Myth Part 2
Ahh, ancient Greece. Hot nymphs, raging orgies, much wine, song, and occasional transformations into a goat. All well and good, right?
Well things are more wacky than ever in the sizzling and scandalous interpretation of the myth of Orpheus done by Roger Gregg, The Stuff of Myth.
This great production won a Gold Ogle in 2007 and has gotten rave reviews as a stage play. Now hear what the buzz is all about in Parts 3-4 of The Stuff of Myth.
Rank #9: Superstition
Mountains in the desert
Crimes 'bout to be sollllllved
That's right folks, this week we're bringing you all Supersition, a desert gothic podcast set in Arizona, revolving around a self-appointed PI trying to solve a mystery and getting way over her head.
Like what you hear? Us too. You can support Supersition on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/superstitionpodcast
patreon.com/radiodramarevival RDR’s patreon
Patreon.com/WilWilliams Wil’s Patreon
Patreon.com/elenafernandezcollins Ely’s Patreon
Patreon.com/albasalix Eli and Sean’s Patreon
Finalrune.com Fred’s website
Rank #10: The Once and Future Nerd
Portal fantasy! Social commentary! Elves with Antebellum accents! This week, David showcases The Once and Future Nerd's first two episodes and his Middle English chops. This podcast about a group of teens who wind up in a high-fantasy realm is as hilarious as it is cutting and satisfying.
The Once and Future Nerd is on Patreon, and they're trying to get to $500/episode by the end of March. Let's put 'em over the top:
Rank #11: A Scottish Podcast
Two foul-mouthed Scottish paranormal investigators travel to the misty island of St. Caillic to uncover the secret of a terrible anniversary--it's A Scottish Podcast, the newest creation of former Audio Drama Production Podcast hosts Robert Cudmore and Matthew McLean.
Robert and Matthew play Lee and Dougie, two washed-up, cynical castaways from the music biz who decide to strike out as paranormal podcasters. What you'll hear today is multiple episodes stitched together by Robert and Matthew, and sent over with love.
Rank #12: Episode 462 - Neil Verma and the Case for Audio Drama
Professor Neil Verma joins me to discuss his essay series, “The Case for Audio Drama”. He’s a professor of Sound Studies at Northwestern University, and a longtime scholar of audio drama. We discuss the history of the form, and areas of his particular interest: radio drama from the 30s through the 50s. But we don’t just talk about old stuff! Professor Verma is as excited as I am about the audio fiction being produced today.
Join us as we connect the styles and conventions of the vibrant old stuff to the vibrant new stuff!
Prof. Verma’s writing:
Arts of Amnesia: The Case for Audio Drama, Part One:
Arts of Amnesia: The Case for Audio Drama, Part Two:
Rank #13: Saratoga’s Fat Cats (1 of 3)
Part 1 of 3
A huge pleasure to play this re-dux of one of the ZBS Foundations' most lust field-recorded stories.
Willie, who paints houses, is hired by some rich guy to repaint a few rooms in his summer mansion. His girlfriend, a wet T-shirt model for Sports Illustrated, can’t stand the colors. Her name is Christy St. Nichols, she’s a pretty down-to-earth gal, she knows the sexy modeling she’s doing is simply fulfilling unfulfilled male fantasies.
One day someone shoots out the windows in the summer mansion. Seems like the rich guy, Lucas Trust is his name, may have been involved in something that wasn’t all that up & up. Since Christy is allergic to cats, Lucas gives the gardener, his name is Shades, his two fat cats to take look after.
Willie loves to read cheap pulpy detective novels, his favorite is a P.I. by the name of Short Top Detroit. When he almost gets blown up with a car bomb, along with Lucas, it so shakes up Willie, he’s now hearing Short Top inside his own head.
The sound is warm and intimate because it was recorded with Fritz. To hear the 3D effect, listen with headphones or earbuds. It’s probably the most realistic, natural sounding production we’ve ever done. Mr. Fulton wrote it specifically for Mr. Fritz.
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Rank #14: RDR From the Vault: Heart of Morphine, by Roger Gregg
Today RDR from the Vault launches a series of episodes highlighting Roger Gregg, playwright master of Dublin, Ireland.
Roger pioneered his own audio sound, a wacky blend of Captain Beefheart sonic assault and an intimate, fine theatre sensibility. He produced for RTE - that’s the public radio of Ireland- for the better part of a decade and since parting ways with them has continued on mostly on stage but ocacsionally gracing us with an audio piece. What we’ll hear today is one of the latter types, from the post-RTE era of Roger’s work, done during his work as a theatre instructor at the Gaiety school of Acting in Ireland.
This is “Heart of Morphine”
Morgan O’Brien hangs in limbo between life and death, and finds the afterlife a much wilder place than he imagined. Confused, frustrated, and alone, he is forced to confront the reality of his actions made while alive. But is there still time to go back and change things?
Rank #15: The Weeksville Project
The story of a family, of time, and the changes that come to Weeksville, a town in Brooklyn forgotten until recently, The Weeksville Project is the focus of this week's Radio Drama Revival. Join us for a three-part mini-series look into the past.
You can find more about the Weeksville Heritage Center here: https://www.weeksvillesociety.org/
You can read the Mahogany L. Brown poem Wil read in this episode here:
Rank #16: Talking about The Handmaid's Tale with Margaret Willison
Podcaster, culture critic, and ne'er-do-well Margaret Willison (of Appointment Television and NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour) joins me to talk about THE HANDMAID'S TALE -- specifically, the 2000 production by John Dryden that ran recently on Secrets, Crimes, and Audiotape (our sibling show on the Wondery Network).
Join me and Margaret as we alternate between quality goofs and serious discussion.
Margaret's newsletter, TWO BOSSY DAMES: tinyletter.com/twobossydames
Margaret's podcast, APPOINTMENT TELEVISION: atvpodcast.com
A Handmaid's Guide to Cambridge, by Margaret's pal Rachel: rachelbythebooks.com/blog/2016/2/28/the-handmaids-guide-to-cambridge
Secrets, Crimes, and Audiotape: http://wondery.com/wondery/shows/secretscrimes/
Rank #17: Episode 439 - Hartlife's "All The Life You'll Ever Need"
This week, I'm playing something from Our Fair City, the dystopian sci-fi podcast; it's their entry in the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival: a slick detective thriller called "All The Life You'll Ever Need".
Hey -- if you're feeling beaten down by the events of the past few weeks and months, I've got two websites for you to visit:
http://www.joincampaignzero.org and http://everytown.org
#BlackLivesMatter. Thanks for listening.
Rank #18: What's the Frequency?
Who will give us the wooooorrrrdddsss? We have a special treat for you this week as David brings you What's the Frequency? - a mind-bending psycho-noir from James Oliva and Alexander Danner. Hold on to the hand rails and take it slow! It's going to be one hell of a ride.
Rank #19: Alexander Charles Adams and "Hi, I'm Mattie (HIM)"
As a note, Alexander Charles Adams now uses they/them pronouns. This week, Alexander Charles Adams of SMASH/CUT joins me to discuss their piece, “Hi, I’m Mattie (HIM)”.
Matthew Cavan is an actor and drag queen in Belfast, Northern Ireland; they came out about their HIV-positive status in 2010, and has since faced a torrent of criticism, shaming, and even death threats. The piece we’re playing today, “Hi, I’m Mattie”, is a verbatim piece -- that is, the script is taken word-for-word from interactions that Mattie had on the gay dating app Grindr, where they disclose their HIV-positive status up-front.
Afterwards, Alexander (the producer of the piece) joins me to talk about the origins of SMASH/CUT, and many other things besides!
Check out their new kickstarter, here:
Take the Wondery Survey here:
If you feel moved to donate to HIV/AIDS-related causes, check out the GMHC:
Rank #20: Episode 474 - Lance Dann's Blood Culture
Scholar and dramatist Lance Dann joins me as we play the first episode of his techno-thriller, BLOOD CULTURE.
It's a trans-media project, consisting of not just a radio drama, but of an AR game that begins with this in-world website (as well as plenty of goofy easter eggs in the credits page).
Blood Culture is the story of A'isha, an employee of an enormous biotech firm called Meta. Meta's interns are falling ill and dying at an alarming rate, and it's up to A'isha, and her childhood friend Livy, to investigate.
After the feature, Lance and I discuss tech culture, the research that went into this production, and seeking a diverse set of creative partners.