Radio Drama Revival

Radio Drama Revival

Canada

Showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio drama

Episodes

RDR From the Vault: Heart of Morphine, by Roger Gregg  

Today RDR from the Vault launches a series of episodes highlighting Roger Gregg, playwright master of Dublin, Ireland. Roger pioneered his own audio sound, a wacky blend of Captain Beefheart sonic assault and an intimate, fine theatre sensibility. He produced for RTE - that’s the public radio of Ireland- for the better part of a decade and since parting ways with them has continued on mostly on stage but ocacsionally gracing us with an audio piece. What we’ll hear today is one of the latter types, from the post-RTE era of Roger’s work, done during his work as a theatre instructor at the Gaiety school of Acting in Ireland. This is “Heart of Morphine” Morgan O’Brien hangs in limbo between life and death, and finds the afterlife a much wilder place than he imagined. Confused, frustrated, and alone, he is forced to confront the reality of his actions made while alive. But is there still time to go back and change things?

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 make your skin crawl, and what it’s like to collaborate with one of your closest friends. We’ll also take a listen to the first episode of their show Archive 81, which is about a young man with a new job, recordings from an uncanny apartment building, and the dangers of listening.

RDR From the Vault: Mumbai Chuzzlewits, Part 3 of 3  

Re-play of the 2012 BBC Series "The Mumbai Chuzzlewits," adapted by Ayeesha Menon from the Charles Dickens novel "Martin Chuzzlewits," and transposed to Modern India. Produced by John Dryden of Goldhawk Productions. Convinced his relatives are after his money, miserly old recluse Martin Chuzzlewit (Roshan Seth), adopts orphan girl, Mary (Nimrat Kaur), to be his carer. As she will inherit nothing upon his death, he believes she will do her utmost to keep him in good health. But when his grandson Mickey (Zafar Karachiwala) falls in love with her, Martin's plans are thrown into disarray. Disinheriting him, Martin triggers a complex web of deceit, betrayal and manipulation as the extended family and hangers-on close in, in pursuit of his fortune. Mickey returns to India determined to show his grandfather he is a changed man and to marry Mary, the love of his life. But, in his absence, things have changed; the old man now appears to be under the control of the scheming Pinto who will not let Mickey near him. And Thomas has fallen in love with Mary... Meanwhile the hapless Joseph loses all his money in a Ponzi scheme. With his debtors closing in, murder seems to be the only way out...

Introducing I Hate My Boss  

Today, we're introducing I Hate My Boss. Workplace Drama. Comedic Relief. Hosts Liz Dolan and Larry Seal will help you make the big decisions, navigate the small stuff and get more fulfillment from your work life. Plus, a comedy segment based at the fictional ad agency Penn & Pencil, will help you better prepare for and laugh at the characters you'll deal with in your everyday life. Subscribe today at smarturl.it/IHMB

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 fabulous show, and not to be missed! We play the first two episodes of TERMS, and then Lindsay and I sit down to talk about the show's origins, his theory of politics, and Nazi-punching. Meanwhile, our producer Eli is starting up a crowdfunding campaign for season 2 of his magnificent series, ALBA SALIX, ROYAL PHYSICIAN. You can find out more by going to http://albasalix.com/season2 This episode of Radio Drama Revival is brought to you by Bose! Check out their fancy listening devices at http://bose.com/podcast

RDR From the Vault: Mumbai Chuzzlewits, Part 2 of 3  

Re-play of the 2012 BBC Series "The Mumbai Chuzzlewits," adapted by Ayeesha Menon from the Charles Dickens novel "Martin Chuzzlewits," and transposed to Modern India. Produced by John Dryden of Goldhawk Productions. Convinced his relatives are after his money, miserly old recluse Martin Chuzzlewit (Roshan Seth), adopts orphan girl, Mary (Nimrat Kaur), to be his carer. As she will inherit nothing upon his death, he believes she will do her utmost to keep him in good health. But when his grandson Mickey (Zafar Karachiwala) falls in love with her, Martin's plans are thrown into disarray. Disinheriting him, Martin triggers a complex web of deceit, betrayal and manipulation as the extended family and hangers-on close in, in pursuit of his fortune. Disinherited by his grandfather, Mickey Chuzzlewit escapes India and tries to make his fortune in Dubai. In his absence, the scheming Pinto and murderous Joseph join forces in an attempt to get hold of the old man's fortune. And while Thomas's feelings grow for Mickey's fiancé, Mary, a mysterious lodger with a terrible secret moves in next door ...

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.

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