Instead of trying to keep up with Threads, P92, X, or whatever new version of the social web large companies are trying to foist upon us... how about some lovely audio fiction to take you away from that whole mess?
It's a shorter issue this week (hello, 4th of July), which just means you'll have even more time to spend contemplating the shows featured, highlighted, and coming soon this week, right? Right.
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I've listened to every episode of these two shows, and proudly recommend them to you. As with all things in life, YMMV.
Who are you? Why are you here?'Something strange is going on in Spire. Following the death of one of the city’s most important figures, it’s clear that change is in the air. But when two inhabitants of the city, Malachi and Cosima, find themselves curiously swapping places back and forth, they begin to realise just how curious Spire is. And exactly how deep down the rabbit hole goes.
October, 1983. There’s a monster lurking in Hawkins, Indiana. Chewing people up, spitting them out, changing them in terrible ways. Yet for some reason, everyone is acting like it’s all perfectly normal. Except for Robin Buckley. She alone knows exactly what this monster’s name is: Hawkins High School.Starring Maya Hawke as Robin and Sean Maher as her favorite teacher, Mr. Hauser, Surviving Hawkins is the podcast companion to the YA novel, Stranger Things: Rebel Robin, by A.R. Capetta.Written and Directed by Lauren Shippen.
Note from creator:
It's a canon expansion of the Stranger Things universe and features two queer leads!
A modern fantasy told in 12 short episodes. The note is stuck to her apartment door. “Your sister needs you.” But no one is supposed to know where she is, and no one is supposed to know she has a sister.
The classic radio show, Pat Novak for Hire gets an update for the 2020's. This version of Pat Novak takes the original episodes and rewrites and re-records them with modern updates. But this show lives in a netherworld that is both modern and old. Still Noir… but better.
Note from creator:
Our lead character is a sexually fluid boss lady and the show lives in a netherworld between the 1940s and today
Alana McKenzie an idealistic psychology grad discovers her purpose working in a juvenile prison. Thrown into a world of systematic corruption and rampant chaos, she soon realizes that the classroom was much easier than the real world.
A newly appointed fire watcher in the Wyoming woods hoped to spend his days in a tower above the trees looking for fires and working on his new book. But things aren’t as quiet and peaceful as he hoped.