Rank #1: Episode 533 - Critic Roundtable
Rank #2: Episode 506 - Wolf 359's "Memoria"
This is one of my favorite episodes of any audio drama. It encompasses everything I love about Wolf 359: its pacing, its plotting, its deep humanism, and its fantastic writing, music, and performances. Like all great science fiction, it is about more than just its text—and I think that's what attracted me to this episode. I'll be talking to Gabriel Urbina and Sarah Shachat, the two main writers behind Wolf 359, next week -- and so to prep for that, I wanted to revisit an old favorite. This episode falls in Season 3 of Wolf 359, so while I think it's a successful standalone (and I provide more context in the episode itself), you should certainly feel free to dive into the series and start from the beginning. I promise it's worth it. What does "Memoria" represent to you? Let me know what you think; hit us up in the comments or talk at us on Twitter; we're @radiodrama.
Rank #3: Episode 519 - Marsfall
Join me in the dread blackness of space, won’t you, friends, as we hurtle through the cosmos till we at last make land, till we at last… make MARSFALL. It's a science fiction dreadnought, this one: fantastic writing, heartwrenching acting, and absolutely stellar music and sound design. Pun not intended; it's legitimately all incredible. ENJOY! http://patreon.com/marsfallpodcast
Rank #4: Episode 516 - 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 #5: Episode 512 - Station to Station
David is back! And he's married! And he's bringing you Station to Station, a fantastic new audio drama from the Procyon Podcast network, creators of The Strange Case of Starship Iris and Under Pressure.
Rank #6: Episode 517 - Victoriocity
Rank #7: Episode 514 - NeoScum
David plays NeoScum, the actual play podcast from The One Shot Podcast team.
Rank #8: Episode 509 - Beth Eyre and Felix Trench
This week, David speaks with Beth Eyre and Felix Trench about all things Wooden Overcoats! They discuss how they met, first memories of the show, the role of (and the search for a better name for) the "straight man", attitudes to death, and Beth's other projects.
Rank #9: Episode 486 - 5 Levels of Fear
This week, join us as we go urban-exploring in a spooky, abandoned house with Five Levels of Fear, a new audio series written by Sable Jak, and directed, designed, and edited by our very own Matt Boudreau and Eli McIlveen. You can find out more about Five Levels of Fear by searchin' for it on that internet!
Rank #10: Episode 525 - Station Blue
This week, we're playing the fantastic Station Blue from Chad Ellis as we take Horror Octorbor (trademark Clint Worthington and Alcohollywood) to its spoopiest extent yet: to ANTARCTICA! Matthew Leads is a driftless young man—and the Flower Company has taken a chance on him. They've sent him to a private research base in Antarctica, to prep the facility for the arrival of the scientists later in the season. For now, though. he's alone with his thoughts—or IS HE? Content warnings for the first two episodes: Episode 1: Something not unlike an evisceration befalls a minor character. It is brief, but gruesome. Episode 2: Suspense, flickery lights, a jump scare that resolves into a pleasurable joke https://www.patreon.com/StationBlue
Rank #11: Episode 505 - Fall of the House of Sunshine Season 2 Interview
I sat down with Matt Roi Berger, Jonathan Goldberg, and Marcus Bagala of The Fall of the House of Sunshine to discuss craft, prog rock albums, President Harding fighting a walrus, and, of course, teeth.
Rank #12: Episode 531 - Flyest Fables
David rings in the new year with Morgan Givens's one-man show, Flyest Fables, bringing new context to high fantasy! If you thought you'd heard it all, you'd be wrong, folks! Prepare yourself for a journey you will not soon forget!
Rank #13: Episode 508 - Wooden Overcoats, Season 3
Piffling's least favorite undertaker, Rudyard Funn, takes to the woods for an unorthodox funeral in this episode of the delightful British sitcom Wooden Overcoats. Their latest season digs deeper into the lives of their oddball characters, and it's even more hilarious—and more poignant—than ever. This week, we bring you Episode 3: "Rudyard Takes a Hike". And stay tuned: next week, David chats with Rudyard and Antigone themselves, Felix Trench and Beth Eyre!
Rank #14: Episode 406 – Finding Bodies in the Basement
In the dry days of the temperance movement, some of the more savvy entrepreneurs found great opportunity in selling illegal booze. With sleazy underground operations, come sleazy underground politicians - most of whom are not welcome. Classic noir style tells this tale through the eyes of a hapless bouncer. We hear the saucy tale of the roaring 20s in Hangman Radio's "Bodies in the Basement" preceded by some great announcements: The ZBS Foundation is having a firesale on CDs. Get your copies before they're going forever! Tom Lopez OF aforementioned ZBS Foundation will make an appearance at this year's HEAR Now Festival. Matthew McLean of Audio Drama Production Podcast talks to Ric Viers - super sweet! All this and more in this week's Radio Drama Revival! Download - Radio Drama Revival Episode 406 The post Episode 406 – Finding Bodies in the Basement appeared first on Radio Drama Revival.
Rank #15: Episode 511 - Matthew McLean and Colin Gray
Drunken first impressions and telling facts with fiction! Join David as he interviews Hostile Worlds creators Matthew McLean and Colin Gray!
Rank #16: Episode 495 - The Mayan Crystal
Do you want to hear a story? Of course you do! On this week's show, we're rejoined by Host-Alumnus Fred Greenhalgh to introduce his new show, The Mayan Crystal... a tale of adventure, sisterhood, anticolonialism, and magic, all taking place in modern-day Belize. Join us for an episode of the new show, and a chat with Fred wherein we discuss the mythic origins of this story, the need to expand representation in media, and the way in which we have redecorated our pretend RDR headquarters.
Rank #17: Episode 507 - Going Deep with Gabriel Urbina and Sarah Shachat
David talks story evolution, social commentary and unreliable narrators with Gabriel Urbina and Sarah Shachat from Wolf 359.
Rank #18: Episode 532 - Morgan Givens
David interviews the fascinating and eclectic Morgan Givens. Topics include the genesis and central message of Flyest Fables, Black, trans, queer/nb voices in SF/fantasy, the role of music in Flyest Fables, the inspirations for Morgan's character voices, his experience at Transom, his time with the DC police and Just Detention International, hopepunk and hope in general.
Rank #19: Episode 487 - Deck the Halls (With Matrimony!)
It's our Christmas spectacula-a-a-a-a-ar! Settle in for a long winter's DELIGHT as we present Sassquach Radio's Deck The Halls (With Matrimony!), a Christmas romantic comedy. Then stick around, because I interview the writer/director, Ashley Quach, and the show's star and producer, Paula Deming. It's a fabulous time and I hope you'll join us. In this episode: smooch foley! audio drama origins! foot foley! creative freedom! and butt foley. We have it all covered, this Christmas season.
Rank #20: Episode 523 - Palimpsest
This month, Wil Williams and Matt Boudreau scare the crap out of David by forcing him to confront the thrills, the chills, the edge of your seat nail-biting joys of Halloween? Will he survive this week's presentation of the first two episodes of the eerie and haunting Palimpsest? Well, yes. Somebody had to read the credits. Listen in! http://www.thepalimpsestpodcast.com/