Radio Drama Revival

Radio Drama Revival

Canada

Showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio drama

Episodes

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 importance of getting into Good Trouble.

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 chat about genre fiction, the philosophy of science fiction, and Problematic Faves.

RDR From the Vault: Secret of the Crystal Maidens, 3 of 3  

By special permission from Tom Lopez (AKA Meatball Fulton) we have another edition of RDR in the Vault! While exploring a cave in Belize, Jack Flanders hears a voice calling his name. Deep within, he discovers a woman who appears to have risen up out of the cave floor. Her entire body is covered in tiny calcite crystals. Jack wonders, “Is she a Mayan goddess of the Underworld?” But then he wakes up. Jack keeps having these dreams, being lost in a cave until finally in the jungles of Belize, he finds the cave he’s been dreaming about. And within, he discovers something even more extraordinary, the skulls of two crystal maidens. The words they whisper to him not only affect his future, but also the lives of those who hear his story. PART 3 of 3. If you like this show, check out the ZBS streaming website, ZBSmedia.com

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. If you head over to theinfinitenow.org, you can catch an EXCLUSIVE interview I did with the TIMESCANNER himself. It's pretty friggin' sweet.

RDR From the Vault: Secret of the Crystal Maidens, 2 of 3  

By special permission from Tom Lopez (AKA Meatball Fulton) we have another edition of RDR in the Vault! While exploring a cave in Belize, Jack Flanders hears a voice calling his name. Deep within, he discovers a woman who appears to have risen up out of the cave floor. Her entire body is covered in tiny calcite crystals. Jack wonders, “Is she a Mayan goddess of the Underworld?” But then he wakes up. Jack keeps having these dreams, being lost in a cave until finally in the jungles of Belize, he finds the cave he’s been dreaming about. And within, he discovers something even more extraordinary, the skulls of two crystal maidens. The words they whisper to him not only affect his future, but also the lives of those who hear his story. PART 2 of 3. If you like this show, check out the ZBS streaming website, ZBSmedia.com

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!

RDR From the Vault: Secret of the Crystal Maidens, 1 of 3  

By special permission from Tom Lopez (AKA Meatball Fulton) we have another edition of RDR in the Vault! While exploring a cave in Belize, Jack Flanders hears a voice calling his name. Deep within, he discovers a woman who appears to have risen up out of the cave floor. Her entire body is covered in tiny calcite crystals. Jack wonders, “Is she a Mayan goddess of the Underworld?” But then he wakes up. Jack keeps having these dreams, being lost in a cave until finally in the jungles of Belize, he finds the cave he’s been dreaming about. And within, he discovers something even more extraordinary, the skulls of two crystal maidens. The words they whisper to him not only affect his future, but also the lives of those who hear his story. PART 1 of 3. If you like this show, check out the ZBS streaming website, ZBSmedia.com

Episode 452 - Ryan Estrada's Big Data, and 10 years of RDR!  

Can you believe it? This podcast has been around for A DECADE! I'm so grateful for the trust you've put in me, that Fred and the team have put in me, to helm this show. And what better way to honor our tenth anniversary than with a star-studded funstravaganza? I play an episode of Ryan Estrada's brilliant stumbleheist adventure, BIG DATA. Then, I sit down with Ryan, a cartoonist who made his way to audio fiction. Here's to ten more years of Radio Drama Revival! Thanks for sticking with us.

Episode 451 - Wynabego Warrior, with Austin Beach  

This week, we're playing Wynabego Warrior: The Tale of John Waynnabe (*eagle screech*), the wacky western epic by Audioblivious Productions. John is a mysterious drifter who drives around the West(ern part of Kentucky) in a souped-up RV, righting wrongs. It's a rollicking good time! Later on, I chat with Austin, who co-founded Audioblivious Productions and plays John in the show.

Episode 450 - Jim Robbie and the Wanderers, with Iri Sheremet and Laura Bramblette  

I'm all about the growth mindset: the idea that you can always improve yourself and your work, and to me, nothing embodies that more than JIM ROBBIE AND THE WANDERERS, a constantly-evolving production that puts fun, ingenuity, and optimism where you'd never expect it: the apocalypse. The world is different, scorched, sunk, and changed, but that doesn't really seem to bother our heroes, a wacky traveling band composed of two humans and a tin-can robot. Their off-kilter adventures take them through an America full of fairy queens, giant bees, and explosion-sports, and through it all, the show's commitment to surfacing minority perspectives, queer identities, and a cheerful attitude shine through. Stick around after I play the revised first episode of Jim Robbie and the Wanderers, and you'll get to hear an interview with Iri and Laura, two members of the creative team behind the show. Then, I've got a Special Holidaytime Message for y'all. See you in the New Year! Happy holidays!

Wondery's Holiday Special: The Gift of Listening  

The hosts of 15 Wondery show have come together to celebrate the power of listening in a half-hour full of moving moments, reflections - and a New Year's resolution. I got to serve as the host for these proceedings. I hope you enjoy, and that you have a lovely holiday season. We'll be back to our regularly-scheduled programming in the next episode!

Episode 449 - Hector Vs. The Future, with Oðinn Örn Hilmarsson and Andy Goddard  

This week, we explore HECTOR VS THE FUTURE, a bleakly-funny comedy podcast, recorded live in London by members of the creative team that brought us WOODEN OVERCOATS. Created by comedy writers James Huntrods and James Hamilton, HECTOR VS THE FUTURE is the story of two rival museums: the Uptodateum, the most au courant museum in town, and the Obsoleteum, a rusted hulk of an institution. We're playing Episode 3 of the show, and after the feature, I'll speak to director Andy Goddard and composer Oðinn Örn Hilmarsson. Enjoy!

Episode 448 - Jeffrey Gardner's Favorite Our Fair City Episode  

This week, Our Fair City’s executive producer, Jeffrey Gardner, joins me for a chat and a deep dive into one of his favorite episodes, the season 4 finale of OFC. Warning: this episode contains spoilers for, y’know, the first four seasons of Our Fair City. Proceed with caution! After the feature, Jeffrey and I discuss the piece, the power of myth, embarrassing stories from childhood, and self-care for artists.

Episode 447 - 11th Hour Audio Productions: HEAVENLY DECEPTION and CARGO  

We're belatedly celebrating World Audio Drama Day by bringing you two fabulous and spooky productions from 11th Hour--the annual tradition wherein audio dramatists of every stripe come together and make spine-tingling, spur-of-the-moment audio fiction in the month of October. Producers Eli and Matt are on-hand to explain. First, you'll hear 11th Hour Northeast's HEAVENLY DECEPTION, a 70s-cult thriller that takes place in a sleepy little beach town. Then, I briefly interview Steve Schneider, the writer and director of that piece. Finally, you'll hear 11th Hour Scotland's CARGO, a science-fiction horror piece. You can hear all of this year's 11th Hour pieces at http://11thhouraudio.com

Episode 446 - Fred Greenhalgh and "The Dark Tome"  

Host emeritus Fred Greenhalgh is back to try out the sofa and tell us about his new podcast, "The Dark Tome." What if there was a book that literally opened up doorways to other worlds? Where would it lead, and could you handle what you found on the other side? Cassie, a wayward teen, is about to find out. One day, after she wraps up community service at a local hospital, she stumbles out of the basement of a spooky bookshop and into a story set on a devil's staircase in a remote Italian village. The Dark Tome is a new take on the anthology audio fiction podcast, featuring fantastic stories by contemporary authors from across the globe. This episode features the first half of the chilling modern fable "The Devil on the Staircase" by Joe Hill.

Episode 445 - Gareth Stack's "The Wall in the Mind"  

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 lover, Emil Reichmann, had disappeared. In the present day, Claire returns to Berlin when she receives a mysterious cassette tape: a recording from her youth. Following the episode, I'll talk to the writer, director, and producer of "The Wall in the Mind", Gareth Stack. We discuss love, loss, sanity, and the surveillance state. It's a conversation not to be missed!

Introducing Secrets, Crimes, & Audiotape!  

Exciting news, friends! I'm proud to announce that I (David) am going to begin hosting a second show on the Wondery podcast network; it's called SECRETS, CRIMES, AND AUDIOTAPE, and it premieres *today*, September 20th, 2016. Stay tuned for a special preview of SC&A; we're going to be dropping a sneak peek at AIR FORCE ONE, a conspiracy-minded audio play about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Find out more about SC&A at http://wondery.com/wondery/shows/secretscrimes/

Episode 443 - Alison Crane and Todd Faulkner of Uncanny County  

This week, we're taking a little detour into UNCANNY COUNTY, the brainchild of playwrights Alison Crane and Todd Faulkner, both proud children of Oklahoma. I play an episode of theirs, "Coulrophobia" (which is about spooky, spooky clowns!), and then the three of us have a little chat. Alison tells me a secret! Todd reveals the travails of creating custom foley for an army of [SPOILERS]! We talk at length about the unique qualities of Oklahoma that inform UNCANNY COUNTY; then Alison reads our horoscopes. http://uncannycounty.com/

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