submissions editor for radio drama revival. freelance podcast critic + journalist.
Roguemaker: Big World, Big Heart
If time has one constant, it’s probably that, no matter the year, there will never be a shortage of science fiction audio dramas set in space. Today’s subject is no exception: Roguemaker, which follows the passengers of an unlucky commercial spaceflight, is a new offering from astronomer and first-time podcaster Emma Johanna Puranen. At the time of this review, the first six episodes have been released, placing it halfway through ...
"The Creators" Inaugural Report: The People Behind the Podcasts
Sounds Profitable and Edison Research have published "The Creators," an inaugural report on podcast creators. This marks a rare first in the space–surveys have historically focused only on understanding consumer audiences. In an industry often lauded for its accessibility (see the refrain of “a low barrier to entry,”) “The Creators” provides a moment for hard reflection: Are the people behind the podcasts as diverse as people claim? What does this mean for the medium's future growth? We’ve co...
Pride in the Margins: 10 Podcasts Featuring Queer People of Color
Blurbed two podcasts for a curated podcast playlist centering voices of queer and trans people of color.
"...Cobb’s scripting is crisp and cinematic, while the show’s sound design hits just the right shade of creaky-creepy. Together, they lend the production an original-Jurassic-Park feel, complete with a monster that could out-screech the most daring dinosaur..."
Defining “Experimental”: A Gallery of Meditations on Genre
What does it mean for artwork to be experimental?
It is hard to define the concept in an artistic context without describing what it is not. By definition, it requires some sort of deviation from the status quo, an other-ing that somehow makes itself known to its audience... Here, I have tried to curate my own “exhibition” of thoughts surrounding experimental audio. I’m not here to argue the “experimental” qualifications of every referenced piece; instead I want to paint some potential pictures of what “experimental audio” can and does look like.
Violet Hour Media's "The Gloom" + Three Questions with Cassie Jozefov
Horror fans, you’re in luck— there’s a new kid on the block.
Violet Hour Media is a (relatively) recently established horror fiction podcast production house, with three complete miniseries and one more currently mid-release. The shows are…
Valentine’s Day Podcast Picks from the Discover Pods Staff
Blurbed a podcast for curated list.
"I love love, but it often feels like romance is the only kind that gets major airtime, something that’s never more in-your-face than..."
"Hope on the Horizon" - A Hubris Production
Wrote, voice-acted in, and transcribed a piece of audio fiction as part of a 24 hour team challenge.
First Look: "In Strange Woods"
Jacob Wells had never been taught to survive in the wilderness. So when a prom afterparty in the woods leads to him going missing, it’s just a small-town tragedy—sad, but unavoidable—when his body is finally found. That is, to everyone but his younger sister, Peregrine (Lily Mae Harrington), whose newfound fear of the wild quickly becomes matched only by her determination to face and conquer it...
100 Outstanding Podcasts From 2020
Contributed to the Bello 100, the Bello Collective's annual end-of-year podcast roundup.
Wrote six blurbs:
- UNSEEN, “Into the Dark”
- OBSIDIAN, “‘They Ate the Sun’ by Kosi Dunn”
- Vega: A Sci-Fi Adventure Podcast!, “The One Where Vega Goes Rogue”
- Open World, ”I’ll Have You Know”
- Antidote to Apathy, “As the Leaves Fall”
- Constellations, “Accumulation Over Time”
The Left-Right Game Proves Not Everything Should Be a Podcast
Has anyone heard of The Left-Right Game?
This is the question at the core of QCODE Media’s horror-thriller fiction podcast of the same name. Considering the series is executive produced by a slate of QCODE reps including Tess Ryan and Fred Berger, stars and is co-produced by Tessa Thompson, and is in development for adaptation via Amazon Studios, it’s quickly becoming clear that if you haven’t heard of it already, you likely will.
What makes the Amazon announcement particularly interesting is...
Midst- When Favors ARE Transactional! — IPM
Magic mica, upside-down mouths, a descending darkness that makes everything go topsy-turvy—it’s all just everyday life for the small town of Stationary Hill, Midst—that is, at least until a newcomer arrives. Meet Midst, a new genre-defying audio series from Third Person.
The first thing you’ll notice about Midst is its striking narration. Naysayers beware: Two minutes of its three unreliable storytellers trading observations and impressions without pausing for breath, and your opinion on narr...
Childish – Rye Dorsey and Zachary Goldberg
In this episode of Radio Drama Revival, join host Ely as they talk with Rye Dorsey and Zachary Goldberg, the creators of Childish, about everything from racism and satire to their own wild times as college RAs.
Guest List: Let's Talk About Narration
Narration gets a bad rap in fiction. Some call it cheating, quoting “show, not tell” as a reason to keep it out of your work. Others dismiss it as a means to an end, a strategy to allow for basic creation befor...
The 2020 Election - Part 1
In Part 1 of 2, the team speaks with Cecelela Tomi (she/her), Maleny Crespo (they/them), and Chase Marshall (he/him) about the impending presidential election.
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How We Work: RDR
In this very extremely special episode, the RDR team breaks down how we make an episode from start to finish, as inspired by our listener Leslie Joyce. Then, we talk some big, exciting changes for RDR’s upcoming season...