Month: March 2017

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 ...

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"), ...

Reminder: S-Town being released in full tomorrow, 3/27/17!

Tomorrow, 3/27/17, the S-Town is being released in full on all standard podcast streaming/download providers. S-Town is the new show produced by This American Life and the staff of Serial. The show is taking a note out of all-in-one releases a la Netflix's model. Taken from the S-Town site, here's a quick description: John despises his Alabama townand decides to do something about it.He ...

This Week in Podcasts: 3/19/17 – 3/25/17

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 ...

Podcast Problems: Misusing the Medium

I think we can all agree that Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the best films in recent memory. Just about every part of the film is phenomenal, and it utilizes every part of what makes film the medium that it is. The film is very obviously meant for its medium: the visuals are stunning, meant ...

This Week in Podcasts: 3/12/17 – 3/18/17

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 ...

Podcast First Impressions: “Rabbits” (Updated 6/27/17: Why I Stopped Listening)

Note: Please see the end of this review for more a follow-up on the series so far, as of 6/7/17. I have also received corrected information about the funding of the PNW Shows in the comments. TANIS does have a Patreon with over 1000 current patrons. The amount received by the Patreon is not published, but a ...

“The Hilarious World of Depression” an Unflinchingly Necessary Podcast on Mental Health

"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 ...

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 ...

#TryPod : Just in time for Book 2, a review of The Once and Future Nerd

For someone who loves audio as a medium and loves books,the assumption could be made that I love audiobooks. The assumption would be wrong. Audiobooks have always felt stale, poorly-paced, and auditorily unattractive. The closest I've come to enjoying an audiobook are the snippets I've heard to the full cast recordings of The Bad Beginning (the first ...