2017’s Best in Podcasts: Nonfiction

1. Nancy If the podcasting industry needed any nonfiction show this year, it needed Nancy. In times where LGBT+/queer identities often feel both more public and more understood, Nancy serves as both a haven and a resource. The show is about LGBT+/queer culture and issues, but without feeling like it's making a massive statement about its content. In ...

2017’s Best in Podcasts: Audio Dramas

Because audio dramas are (usually) serial in their storytelling, make sure to start from the beginning if you plan on listening to any of these podcasts. The only exception on this list is The Big Loop, which is episodic. 1. The Adventure Zone When I think of podcasts in 2017, the first show that comes to ...

First Impressions: “Unplaced” a Haunting Audio Drama Discusses Isolation and Erasure

Unplaced is a new science fiction audio drama by Michelle Nickolaisen, writer of the Woldslip series. The plot centers around a woman who wakes up to find that nobody can see or hear her, and her determination to find out why. Here is the show's summary, taken from its website: Unplaced is an audio drama that tells the story ...

2017’s Best in Podcasts: Writing

As with all of Podcast Problems’s Best of 2017 posts, links will only be provided for episodes that can be listened to outside of the context of the shows as a whole; audio dramas, for instance, will only have links if the episode mentioned was their first episode. For more thoughts on this year in ...

“Fall of the House of Sunshine” a Hilarious, Terrifying Podcast Musical About Teeth

Usually, when I write podcast reviews, I start with a quick synopsis of what a show is so the readers will know how to gauge their expectations. I say whether the show is an audio drama, give its genre, and then list the description as per the podcast's website or SoundCloud. I don't know how ...

PodCon 2017 Closes its Inaugural Year with Overwhelmingly Positive Responses

From December 9th-10th, 2017, in a chilly, foggy Seattle, about three thousand podcast enthusiasts gathered together for PodCon, the first podcast convention marketed for both fans and creators. The event was founded by Hank and John Green of Dear John and Hank, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor of Night Vale Presents, and Travis McElroy of My Brother, ...

Quick News: “Welcome to Night Vale” Being Adapted for TV, “The Heart” Ending

While updating will be difficult during PodCon, two huge pieces of podcast news were released today. For more updates during PodCon, Twitter is going to be the fastest way to find news. Announced today on Deadline,  Welcome to Night Vale will be adapted for TV on FX. Creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor will both work ...

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