Radio Drama Revival

Radio Drama Revival

Canada

Showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio drama

Episodes

Episode 467 - Jessica Best and Starship Iris  

Writer/director/producer Jessica Best joins me to talk about her new science-fiction mystery adventure, THE STRANGE CASE OF STARSHIP IRIS.


Best is part of the recently-formed Procyon Network, a podcast network whose mission is to create inclusive fiction. All of them are fabulous people.


We're going to play Episode 2 of Starship Iris, which is a sometimes-funny, sometimes-tragic, deeply thoughtful adventure in space. Imagine FIREFLY with a mostly-female cast and a badass Hufflepuff for a ship's captain and you're, like, halfway there.


Starship Iris on Tumblr: https://iriscasefiles.tumblr.com

Starship Iris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarshipIris

Us: https://twitter.com/RadioDrama


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Episode 466 - Dan Leone's Podcast Meander  

This week, we play an episode of an experimental podcast called PODCAST MEANDER, which kind of skirts the border 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 he left his car.


It's an intriguing mix of documentary, interview, and fiction, and I think you'll like it.


CW: mental illness, substance abuse, politics


http://www.podcastmeander.com/episodes-1/

Episode 465 - The Autopsy  

This week, line producer Matthew Boudreau hooks us up with some binaural horror from the Wireless Theatre Company with The Autopsy.

For more great audio from the Wireless Theatre Company, including the stunning Springheel'd Jack Saga, visit their website at http://www.wirelesstheatre.co.uk


A couple of notes:

Binaural sound attempts to authentically recreate how we hear.   Listening to this episode with headphones is highly recommended.

The Autopsy contains some visceral and graphic audio material.  If you’re squeamish, we advise using your own discretion before listening.

Episode 464 - B.I.L.I  

This week Matthew continues hosting for David as we feature B.I.L.I. from London's own O'Neill and Freeman. For more O'Neill and Freeman https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman Check out James O'Neill's terrific sculpture work: http://aplaceforclay.wixsite.com/sculptor

Episode 463 - A Dread Light Shines 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 Productions - https://www.audioblivious.com/ Jim Robbie and the Wanderers - http://jimrobbieandthewanderers.com/ Koach Studios - http://thefallaudiodrama.wixsite.com/koachstudios

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 just talk about old stuff! Professor Verma is as excited as I am about the audio fiction being produced today. Join us as we connect the styles and conventions of the vibrant old stuff to the vibrant new stuff! Prof. Verma’s writing: Arts of Amnesia: The Case for Audio Drama, Part One: http://ro.uow.edu.au/rdr/vol3/iss1/5/ Arts of Amnesia: The Case for Audio Drama, Part Two: http://ro.uow.edu.au/rdr/vol3/iss1/6/ https://www.amazon.com/Theater-Mind-Imagination-Aesthetics-American/dp/0226853519/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496896536&sr=8-1&keywords=neil+verma

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 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 discloses his HIV-positive status up-front. Afterwards, Alexander (the producer of the piece) joins me to talk about the origins of SMASH/CUT, and many other things besides! Check out their new kickstarter, here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsintheatre/847488277?token=3b1a1021 Take the Wondery Survey here: http://www.wondery.com/survey If you feel moved to donate to HIV/AIDS-related causes, check out the GMHC: http://www.gmhc.org/

RDR From the Vault: Stuff of Myth Part 2  

Ahh, ancient Greece. Hot nymphs, raging orgies, much wine, song, and occasional transformations into a goat. All well and good, right? Well things are more wacky than ever in the sizzling and scandalous interpretation of the myth of Orpheus done by Roger Gregg, The Stuff of Myth. This great production won a Gold Ogle in 2007 and has gotten rave reviews as a stage play. Now hear what the buzz is all about in Parts 3-4 of The Stuff of Myth.

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 a magnificent site called The Toast. In this episode, we discuss: * The Handmaid's Tale and White Feminism * How to avoid becoming an Internal Expat * Fending off the Republic of Gilead and much, much more!

RDR From the Vault: Stuff of Myth, Part 1  

Ahh, ancient Greece. Hot nymphs, raging orgies, much wine, song, and occasional transformations into a goat. All well and good, right? Well things are more wacky than ever in the sizzling and scandalous interpretation of the myth of Orpheus done by Roger Gregg, The Stuff of Myth. This great production won a Gold Ogle in 2007 and has gotten rave reviews as a stage play. Now hear what the buzz is all about in Parts 1-2 of The Stuff of Myth.

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 quality goofs and serious discussion. Margaret's newsletter, TWO BOSSY DAMES: tinyletter.com/twobossydames Margaret's podcast, APPOINTMENT TELEVISION: atvpodcast.com A Handmaid's Guide to Cambridge, by Margaret's pal Rachel: rachelbythebooks.com/blog/2016/2/28/the-handmaids-guide-to-cambridge Secrets, Crimes, and Audiotape: http://wondery.com/wondery/shows/secretscrimes/

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.

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