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 … [Read more...] about Episode 462 – Neil Verma and the Case for Audio Drama
We conclude our two-part conversation series around The Handmaid's Tale, which you can find in an Audio Drama form over at Secrets, Crimes, and Audiotape. This week, I had the great pleasure of talking to Mallory Ortberg, a writer, culture critic, and advice columnist. She's Dear Prudence over at Slate, and she used to run a magnificent site called The Toast. In this episode, we discuss: The Handmaid's Tale and White Feminism How to avoid becoming an Internal Expat Fending off the … [Read more...] about Episode 460 – Mallory Ortberg and The Handmaid’s Tale
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 Margaret's podcast, Appointment Television A … [Read more...] about Episode 459 – Talking about The Handmaid’s Tale with Margaret Willison
I had the opportunity to talk to Ann Heppermann, the founder of the Sarah Awards, and a co-host of the marvelous audio art podcast SERENDIPITY. We talk about the origin of the awards, her fictitious self on the podcast, and her history working with audio tape. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about Episode 453 – Ann Heppermann and the Sarah Awards!
This week, I play Episode One of Gareth Stack's startling psychological thriller, "The Wall in the Mind". It's the tale of a city split down the middle, and a woman whose life split with it. Claire O'Hanlon was a young woman in 1989 --an Irish national on the Eastern side of the Berlin Wall--when she was arrested by the Stasi, the East German secret police. After months of imprisonment and interrogation, Claire was set free, only to find the world had changed; the Wall had come down, and her … [Read more...] about Episode 445 – Gareth Stack’s “The Wall in the Mind”