First Impressions: New Musical Podcast “Childish” Blends Genres and Breaks Expectations

The concept for Whalebus’s new fiction podcast, Childish, seems simple at first: An All-New, All Original Musical! Dante, a college student in NYC, becomes an RA in order to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Childish Gambino. While he hopes this will be the next step toward becoming a famous rapper, his delusions of […]

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Lauren Shippen’s “The Infinite Noise” Brings Empathetic Storytelling to Text

Debuting today via Tor Teen, The Infinite Noise is Lauren Shippen’s debut novel, the first companion piece to her landmark audio drama The Bright Sessions. Focusing on fan-favorite characters Caleb and Adam, The Infinite Noise is a first-person look into each character’s thoughts and lives outside of the scope of the podcast, alternating perspective between both characters. For […]

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“Arden” Creators Talk “Hamlet,” “S-Town,” and Season 2’s Premier Date

In 2018, Arden made waves as one of the most interesting takes on true crime in fiction podcasting. Arden is a true crime satire, both poking fun at the genre and and becoming a perfectly thrilling mystery in itself–while also being a modernization of Romeo and Juliet.  The podcast’s second season, debuting December 30th, 2019, will be a take on […]

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“The Two Princes” Emerges as a Sweet, Lovely Entry to PRIDE Month Podcasting

Gimlet’s The Two Princes (no relation to Spin Doctors, to my knowledge) had the deck somewhat stacked against it when I started listening. Gimlet’s previous work in fiction, Sandra, missed the mark completely for me. Until The Two Princes, I haven’t heard well-known stage and screen actors feel organic in a podcast. I’ve started seeing big names on […]

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“My Story to Tell”: Emily VanDerWerff on Nuance, Ambition, and Trans Storytelling

Emily VanDerWerff is one of the foremost reasons I do what I do. A longtime pop culture critic, Emily VanDerWerff was one of the founders of The AV Club‘s TV Club, and was many peoples’ introduction to how popular media can be treated with the same regard and respect as “high art.” Now, VanDerWerff is the […]

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