I thought about counting up the total listening time of all episodes in this issue and using that as the title of this newsletter. But the more I looked at the results—40 hours and 31 minutes—the more I thought that might panic some people.
Hey, have you listened to the companion podcast yet? I frequently talk to readers, and most of them say something like "Wait, there's a companion podcast to The End?" And, indeed, there is. Yes, you should give it a listen. New episodes drop every Thursday. And no, it's not just me reading the newsletter. That'd be boring.
What does it mean to have an iron will against society’s status quo? This October 2022, three playwrights dive into this very question in The Iron Anthology.
Via Brooklyn Theatre Co. presents an audio drama series of three stories that navigate the horrors of brash industrialization, unchecked consumerism, and intergenerational trauma. The protagonists rage against the monsters of society. But is society itself too strong to break?
Series complete as of 8 Nov 2022
Listening time: 2h 10m
Evo's notes: This is an excellent example of a "radio play" and a credit to the medium.
Dramatized supernatural horror from Hemlock Creek Productions
Grief. Anxiety. Terror. Tonya Wright felt it all after the tragic murders of her sister and brother-in-law in a random act of gun violence. Struggling to travel outside of her home, she now lives constantly on edge about perceived threats that seem to surround her.
Retreating to the house her sister and brother-in-law once shared to process her grief, Tonya soon discovers that someone — or something — has followed her there. With the help of her best friend Natalie, and others she meets along the way, can Tonya overcome her fears before they completely consume her?
The first original audio drama from Hemlock Creek Productions, Liars & Leeches delves deep into the complicated horrors of grief, trauma, resilience, and steadfast human determination to uncover the truth.
Season 1 finale released 16 Jun 2023
Listening time: 4h 08m
Season 2 slated for Oct 2024
Evo's notes: This slow-burn suspense thriller keeps you guessing and kept me listening to the end.
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The year is 2083. The United States – not united for a long time – is no more. New lines have been drawn. Five divided nations stand. A harsh landscape and a society without technology, laws or base human agreements to guide us. Here in the New West, three lives intertwine in a quest for meaning, pleasure and power.
Season 1 finale released 8 Aug 2023
Listening time: 5h 09m
Season 2 slated for Feb 2024
Dramatized adventure from Amy Thorstenson & Littlest Viking Productions
Hailey Markowitz has only ever wanted one thing: to be Indiana Jones. But as it turns out, dealing with her mental health is scarier than any mummies or booby-trapped temples. Can she save some historical relics? Can she save herself? Why is it easier to find an ancient relic than it is to find a therapist?
Series complete as of 8 Aug 2023
Listening time: 3h 31m
Dramatized scifi from Trace Callahan & The Shadow Network
In the distant future, the leaders and thinkers of Kielash are offered entry into The Collected, the greatest power in the region. In search of information and hoping to make as informed a choice as possible, they enlist the help of an Archivist from The Collected Archives who guides them through a series of entries from lost and abandoned worlds in The Collected’s past.
When Chet and Cap Chickadee go missing after a trip to Brazil to study Amazonian wildlife for the podcast Devon is left worried. Then he gets a text from an email number with a recording of the first part of Chet and Cap’s (mis)adventures. What happened to them? Who is the mysterious texter? Where are the Chickadee brothers?
Season 1 finale released 24 Jul 2023
Listening time: 0h 38m
Season 2 in the planning stages
Dramatized Afrofuturism from Artistic Freedom Ltd./Celia C. Peters
A race of highly advanced extraterrestrials has taken over. Humans are now their pets. Free spirited Aramintha finds herself trapped, and together with three other traumatized strangers, she must navigate a world where the unimaginable has become real.
Created by a WOC and features a POC cast.
Season 1 finale released 11 Mar 2022
Listening time: 1h 51m
Additional seasons under consideration
Dramatized historical fiction from Monice Mitchell Simms, Flower Girl Productions & BLK Audio Drama Directory
Unfolding against the backdrop of ugly southern tradition, the great Migration North and Detroit’s former glory, Address: House of Corrections seamlessly weaves between the time periods of 1947 to 1968 and follows the journey of MERRY, an ex-con and recovering addict, from a rarely seen Black woman’s point of view.
Season 1 finale released 12 May 2020
Listening time: 0h 30m
Additional seasons are aspirational
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