Episode 463 – A Dread Light Shine in the Serpent’s Sky

Line producer Matthew Boudreau takes over while David Rheinstrom is away in France. This week’s story is A Dread Light Shine in the Serpent’s Sky, a collaborative audio fiction piece created for 11th Hour Productions by the folks at Audioblivious Productiobs, Jim Robbie and the Wanderers and Koach Studios. 11th Hour Audio – http://www.11thhouraudio.com Audioblivious […]

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 […]

Episode 461 – Alexander Charles Adams and “Hi, I’m Mattie (HIM)”

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 […]

Episode 460 – Mallory Ortberg and The Handmaid’s Tale

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 […]

Episode 459 – 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 […]

Episode 458 – Dan Powell, Marc Sollinger, and Archive 81

This week, things are going to get spooky at Radio Drama Revival as we delve into the world of horror audio fiction. David talks to Marc Sollinger and Dan Powell, the evil minds behind Archive 81 and The Deep Vault. They discuss the horror fiction that makes them tick, how to construct audio fiction that’ll […]

Episode 457 – Lindsay Graham and TERMS

My Wondery Network pal Lindsay Graham joins me to talk about his political thriller series, TERMS, in which a terrifying demagogue captures the U.S. Presidency. The outgoing president does everything in his power to stop him, by pulling out some astonishingly dirty tricks. There’s something in it for folks of every political persuasion. It’s a […]

Episode 456 – Chris Tarry and The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Children’s author, jazz bassist, and entertainment impresario Chris Tarry joins me for a talk about his production, THE UNEXPLAINABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF MARS PATEL. We play the first episode of the show — a kind of thriller-adventure for middle schoolers — and talk about his musical history, telling stories that represent all kinds of kids, and the […]

Episode 455 – Sophie Kaner, Kevin Vibert, and The Penumbra

Join me as we dive into the world of The Penumbra, an anthology series that updates classic genre stories with some well-deserved representation. We play their revised Part I of Juno Steel and the Murderous Mask, and then I talk to the marvelous co-creators of the Penumbra, Sophie Kaner and Kevin Vibert.  The three of […]

Episode 454 – Richard Penner and the Infinite Now

Multimedia artist Richard Penner joins me for a chat about his surreal, experimental microfiction show, The Infinite Now, a program that features a mysterious entity known only as The TIMESCANNER. Richard and I talk about the origins of the show, the nature of time, love, and the beautiful poison of chemical pigments. AND! ALSO! If […]

Episode 453 – Ann Heppermann and the Sarah Awards!

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!