Podcast Review: Welcome to Night Vale’s Live Show, “Ghost Stories”

If you read this blog often, you probably know that I have a complicated relationship with Welcome to Night Vale. While the first year of audio (ending in “One Year Later”) is borderline perfect, the show has dipped in quality more than once over the years, leading to recent episodes that have left me unimpressed and… Read More Podcast Review: Welcome to Night Vale’s Live Show, “Ghost Stories”

Podcast Review: S-Town (With Spoilers)

Before jumping in, I would highly recommend not reading this review until you have listened to S-Town in full. Even if you don’t mind spoilers, the twists really are that good. You can read a spoiler-free review here. Creative nonfiction is a tricky genre. Walking the lines between factual truth, emotional truth, and narrative depictions of other… Read More Podcast Review: S-Town (With Spoilers)

Podcast Review: S-Town (No Spoilers)

S-Town or, more accurately, Shittown, is a nonfiction podcast by the makers of This American Life and Serial. While Serial veered more towards the journalism end of This American Life, S-Town leans heavily on the creative nonfiction side. The podcast, released in full on March 28th, 2017, follows narrator Brian Reed as he tries to find out what darkness is at the heart of Woodstock (or “Shittown”),… Read More Podcast Review: S-Town (No Spoilers)

Show Review: The Hilarious World of Depression

“Do you think depression is funny?” From the first line of this podcast, I knew it was something special. This question is the first moment of audio for each episode of The Hilarious World of Depression, followed by the featured guest’s answer–which is always some iteration of, “I think depression is absolutely funny.” The intro, punctuated by… Read More Show Review: The Hilarious World of Depression

Episode Review: The Bright Sessions, “34 – Frank”

This week’s episode of the Bright Sessions introduces Frank Sawyer, voiced by Phillip Jordan, as an actual patient in Dr. Bright’s office. As usual, The Bright Sessions cements itself as one of the most impressive independent fiction podcasts in the industry, and the inclusion of Jordan in the cast continues the already impressive lineup of voice talent. Before diving into… Read More Episode Review: The Bright Sessions, “34 – Frank”