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Issue #49 | 10 Aug 2023

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. 

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Let's get into the stories, shall we?

- Evo

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Featured Audio Fiction

I've listened to every episode of these two shows, and proudly recommend them to you. As with all things in life, YMMV.

Cover art - The Iron Anthology

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The Iron Anthology

Dramatized multigenre anthology from Via Brooklyn

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
  • 3 episodes
  • Listening time: 2h 10m
  • 🪨🩸🔒

Evo's notes: This is an excellent example of a "radio play" and a credit to the medium.

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Liars & Leeches

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
  • 10 episodes
  • 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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Romantic comedy from Octavia Bray & Atypical Artists


Life With LEO(h)

A sci-fi(ish) romantic comedy podcast starring a repressed lawyer, a criminal client, a pesky sister and her fiancé, an infuriatingly sexy coworker, and an android in the mood for love.

Created and directed by Black women and features a primarily POC cast as well as many queer characters.

  • Series complete as of 9 Aug 2023
  • 2 seasons, 18 episodes
  • Listening time: 7h 04m
  • 👩🏿‍💻💜🤖
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Narrated post-apocalyptic western from Seamus John


New West - Hill Country

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
  • 19 episodes
  • Listening time: 5h 09m
  • Season 2 slated for Feb 2024
  • ♗♕ ♖
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Dramatized adventure from Amy Thorstenson & Littlest Viking Productions


Skulls and Treasure

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
  • 4 episodes
  • Listening time: 3h 31m
  • 🤠 ☠️🏺
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Dramatized scifi from Trace Callahan & The Shadow Network


The Last Echoes

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.

  • Season 1 finale released 7 Aug 2023
  • 8 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 24m
  • Season 2 slated for Sep 2024
  • 🛰️📓😟
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Dramatized urban fantasy comedy from Angela Yih

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Residents of Proserpina Park

A monster of the week fiction podcast focusing on mythology. Learn about creatures you’ve never heard of before and follow this crazy gang and their pet dog alien to solve the mystery of the park.

WOC, AAPI, and Queer representation.

  • Season 3 finale released 7 Aug 2023
  • 32 episodes
  • Listening time: 7h 45m
  • Season x slated for Mar 2024
  • 🏞️🦄🧚
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Dramatized animal adventures from Kingdom: Animalia Podcasts


Where Are the Chickadee Brothers?

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
  • 4 episodes
  • Listening time: 0h 38m
  • Season 2 in the planning stages
  • 🐦🌳❓

Dramatized Afrofuturism from Artistic Freedom Ltd./Celia C. Peters

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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
  • 12 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 51m
  • Additional seasons under consideration
  • 🛸👽🤯
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Dramatized historical fiction from Monice Mitchell Simms, Flower Girl Productions & BLK Audio Drama Directory

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Address: House of Corrections

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
  • 12 episodes
  • Listening time: 0h 30m
  • Additional seasons are aspirational
  • 🙂😡🥺

New Seasons Coming Soon

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Presented by Radio Drama Revival, one of the internet’s longest-running anthology audio drama shows, with the goal of showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio fiction.

Returning on 28 Aug 2023

The Royals of Malibu , a dramatized fiction from Diversion Audio & Pod People, returns for Season 2.

• 13 current episodes
• Listening time: 6h 21m
• 🌆💵💦

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