Podcast Problem: Terrible Mouth Noises

One of the things I do when I'm not listening to podcasts is host literary events. These are usually storytelling events, where the performers range from mumbly to clear and mid-toned, and slam poetry events, where the performers range from whsipery to screamy. There's only so much sound board management one can do while also hosting, … Continue reading Podcast Problem: Terrible Mouth Noises

This Week in Podcasts: 6/18/17 – 6/24/17

This Week in Podcasts a weekly roundup of mini-reviews of all of the podcasts I’ve listened to in a week. If you see any podcasts that you feel are missing from my list, there’s a good chance I haven’t listened to the show yet! Feel free to give me recommendations–as well as any feedback or … Continue reading This Week in Podcasts: 6/18/17 – 6/24/17

Wil’s Rating System for Podcasts

As my "This Week In Podcasts" posts move into a rating system, I feel like a rubric would be handy so that listeners and creators alike can get a better grasp on why I rate episodes the way I do. My ratings are on a standard A+ to F scale. Any podcast that gets an … Continue reading Wil’s Rating System for Podcasts

First Impressions: “Join the Party” Is the Best Crash Course in D&D and Roleplaying

Join the Party is a new Dungeons and Dragons podcast a la The Adventure Zone. The podcast currently has three main plot episodes released as well as several bonus episodes. The show centers on the adventures of Inara Harthorn, a mischievous elf rogue; Johnny B. Goodlight, a charismatic half-elf warlock; and TR8c, or "Tracey," a delightfully peppy robot barbarian. … Continue reading First Impressions: “Join the Party” Is the Best Crash Course in D&D and Roleplaying

Changes Coming to “This Week in Podcasts” (Updated 7/12/17)

This Week in Podcasts a weekly* roundup of mini-reviews of all of the podcasts I’ve listened to in a week. *Except, as you might have noticed, it hasn't really been weekly at all lately. The posting schedule has gotten more and more malleable in a way that I think makes it less and less helpful. … Continue reading Changes Coming to “This Week in Podcasts” (Updated 7/12/17)

5 Fiction Podcasts to Help You Cope with the Absolute Horror of Existence

A few weeks ago, I posted a list of 5 Podcasts to Help You Cope with the Horrific Garbage Tornado of Today. Well, surprise surprise: 2017 keeps being horrific. The previous post was a combination of feel-good/feel-a-lot nonfiction and fiction meant to reconcile everything happening all the time always in the news. As more constant bad awful … Continue reading 5 Fiction Podcasts to Help You Cope with the Absolute Horror of Existence

Episode Review: Wolf 359, “Episode 47: Into the Depths”

This week, Wolf 359 returned with a bang. Not only did the team release a two-hour long prequel special available on Spoke, but their final season premiered with "Episode 47: Into the Depths." Wolf 359 is a serialized fiction podcast, and its third season closed with major twists and important plot moments. Please understand that this review will, … Continue reading Episode Review: Wolf 359, “Episode 47: Into the Depths”

This Week in Podcasts: 6/4/17 – 6/10/17

This Week in Podcasts a weekly roundup of mini-reviews of all of the podcasts I’ve listened to in a week. If you see any podcasts that you feel are missing from my list, there’s a good chance I haven’t listened to the show yet! Feel free to give me recommendations–as well as any feedback or … Continue reading This Week in Podcasts: 6/4/17 – 6/10/17

Two-Hour Wolf 359 Bonus Episode Available for Free on Spoke

Today, Wolf 359 released a two-hour long bonus episode on the "social audio" app Spoke. For those who haven't listened yet, Wolf 359 is a science fiction audio drama that takes place on the space station Hephaestus and has themes of isolation, grey morality, and mental health. If you have not yet caught up, now is the perfect time; Wolf … Continue reading Two-Hour Wolf 359 Bonus Episode Available for Free on Spoke

On The Adventure Zone, Fandom, and the Pitfalls of Black-and-White Reasoning

On June 1st, 2017, First Second Books released art for their upcoming graphic novel for The Adventure Zone, a popular D&D podcast. The art featured redesigns for the three main characters who were all depicted as white in their original designs, as shown in the title image for this post. The redesigns made one character black … Continue reading On The Adventure Zone, Fandom, and the Pitfalls of Black-and-White Reasoning