Bronzeville is a story of the Great Migration: it follows Jimmy Tillman (Larenz Tate), a papermill worker from Arkansas who kills a strikebreaker and flees to Chicago to find a new life for himself, tracing the steps of millions of Black Americans who migrated from the rural South to the urban North in the mid-20th century. Jimmy makes his way to Bronzeville, the legendary Black neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, where he falls in with the Copeland family, the operators of a policy … [Read more...] about Episode 481 – Bronzeville with LaRon and Lahmard Tate
Free Downloads of Contemporary Drama Radio Plays
Here is an archive of all of the 'drama' themed audio plays we have showcased over the years. All episodes are free to download, however if you like it we hope you'll explore more shows by the artist and support them.
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 … [Read more...] about Episode 474 – Lance Dann’s Blood Culture
Why do we climb? Why do people look at the tallest mountains in the world -- vast, inhospitable places -- and say, "I want to climb to its summit"? When you're up there, what do you become? What do you give up? We're exploring those questions today in a new drama by JJ Wang from Netizen Playhouse: The Embrace: Nights on Killer Mountain The story follows an Australian mountaineer, Zoe, who wants to be the first woman to summit Nanga Parbat, one of the deadliest mountains in the world, in … [Read more...] about Episode 470 – The Embrace: Nights on Killer Mountain
This week, we play an episode of an experimental podcast called PODCAST MEANDER, which kind of skirts the borders between autobiography and fiction. Dan Leone plays/is a character, also named Dan, who has thrown away his old life (or attempted to). After secretly saving for years, Dan quits his job in Connecticut and heads west, unsure of what he wants to do with his life. In the episode you'll hear today, Dan comes to suddenly on a train, unaware of where it's going, why he's aboard, or where … [Read more...] about Episode 466 – Dan Leone’s Podcast Meander
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; he came out about his 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 he … [Read more...] about Episode 461 – Alexander Charles Adams and “Hi, I’m Mattie (HIM)”