Tag: Jack Ward

DNA Podcast 081 – DNA Millwood Chapter with Anika and Matt


A while ago, friend of the show Jack Ward approached us about making his High School’s nerdly arts club into a branch of the Department of Nerdly Affairs. We naturally were flattered, and accepted- thus the DNA Millwood Chapter was born! Now we sit down with Anika MacMullen and her co-president Matt Bambrick to talk about the club, it’s membership, and their activities. Then Anika and Matt turn the tables on us, and interview Don and Rob about some burning questions they have about our organization. So, sit back and enjoy this very special Christmas episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

DNA Millwood Chapter Twitter Page
Leigh Brackett
Sword Art Online Progressive
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
E-sports
The Dark Dungeons Pamphlet
The Sword and Lazer Podcast
SHAZAM!/Captain Marvel


DNA Podcast 078 – We Robots with Jack Ward

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In this episode, Rob, Don, and their friend Jack Ward attempt to delve into robots in popular culture, but what was intended as a light jaunt into robots and their place in entertainment turns into a deep existential discussion about what it really means to be human. Along the way, the trio explore possible definitions of what a robot is, how robots might truly be the children of men, and questions of our relationship with the machines around us. All that, and naturally sex robots, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Hero of Alexandria
The Turing Test
The Golem
Talos
George Carlin First Appearance on SNL
Bicentennial Man
A.I. by Speilberg
Ex Machina (movie)
Maria from Metropolis
Robby the Robot
The Three Laws of Robotics
Erewhon by Samuel Butler
A Mexican Mystery by W. Grove
Tetsuwan Atom/Astro Boy
The Questor Tapes
Lost in Space
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (this might be the one about the robot girl after the apocalypse, not sure)
The Uncanny Valley
Younger Dryas impact hypothesis (comet wipes out civilization)
The AD Police
Red Dwarf
Rick and Morty
D20 Gamma World
The Monkey Sphere
City Story by Clifford D. Samack
The Culture Series by Iain M. Banks


DNA Podcast 073- UFOs in Popular Culture

In this episode, Don and Rob explore the place of UFOs in our popular culture with the help of Jack Ward. The trio explore the earliest UFO reports, talk about how UFOs have changed with the times, and what our ideas about aliens say about us. Along the way, Jack tells the story of his father’s UFO encounters, and they talk about their favorite alien-related movies. All this, and the 82 kinds of aliens, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

UFO on Wikipedia
In Search Of Remake (It’s down near the bottom)
Twilight Zone (Night of the Meek)
Chinese UFO Cave Paintings
Ancient Egyptian UFO Sightings
Project Blue Book TV Series
Ezekiel UFOs in the Bible
UFOs in Rennaisance Art
The Gospel According to Saint Thomas
The Vedas

Six Million Dollar Man Bigfoot
Airship Scares
The Tomato Man: (I may have mixed this with this)
The Nazi Bell
The Monsters are due on Maple Street
HG Welles’ War of the Worlds Movie 1953
Watch the Skies by Curtis Peebles
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
US Military Has Plans for UFO Invasion
Kenneth Arnold sees Flying Saucers
Maury Island Incident
UFOS by Leslie Kean
Project Disclosure Videos
Red Planet Mars
The Three Body Problem
Silver Screen Saucers
Mysterious Universe
The X-Files
Fire in the Sky
Betty and Barney Hill
Billy Meier
Traveller RPG
Rendezvous with Rama
Edgar Michelle NASA Astronaut
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Night of the Blood Beast
Who Goes There by John W. Campbell (The Thing)
Devilman
The Abyss
Project Serpo (it’s down a bit)
Dulce Base New Mexico
Outer Limits Episode “The Architects of Fear” 
The Five Kinds of UFO Encounters
DR and Quinch from 2000 AD
James Forrestal
Shag Harbour Incident
Phoenix Lights
Predator
District 9

The Abyss alternate end
Mars Attacks
Cloverfield

The Arrival
It Came from Outer Space
Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
The Mysterians
Plan 9 From Outer Space
U.F.O. TV Series
Terrorvision
They Live
The Girl with All the Gifts
The Powers of Matthew Starr
Mork and Mindy
The First Wave
Torchwood: Children of Earth
Dark Conspiracy RPG
The Eternals
ROM: Spaceknight
I Come in Peace (Movie)
Dark Skies
The Hidden
V: The Series

 

Jack’s UFO Notes:

Dr. Edgar Mitchell (who passed away in 2016) was a NASA astronaut who traveled to (and walked on) the moon as part of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. A Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, he once completed a record-breaking nine-hour, 24-minute EVA on the surface of the moon. In addition to his distinguished scientific career with NASA, he was a strong believer in metaphysical phenomena. He was a strong believer in the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life and claimed Earth had frequently been visited by aliens. Among the many times he made these assertions was in a 2009 interview with the Guardian:

“We are being visited,” [Mitchell] said. “It is now time to put away this embargo of truth about the alien presence. I call upon our government to open up … and become a part of this planetary community that is now trying to take our proper role as a spacefaring civilisation.”

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Leslie Kean- UFOs
Before writing UFOs, Kean co-founded the Coalition for Freedom of Information, an independent alliance advocating for greater government openness on information about UFOs. In this capacity, she was the plaintiff in a successful, five-year Freedom of Information Act federal lawsuit against NASA, which had withheld information concerning a crash of an object in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania in 1965. In 2007, Kean co-organized a landmark Washington DC international press conference on official UFO investigations, which received media coverage around the world. She was also a producer for the 2009 independent documentary I Know What I Saw directed by James Fox. She co-organized a 2013 international conference providing a platform for scientists, government officials and journalists studying UFOs to present data, and she lectured at American University in 2014.

Previously, Kean worked as a freelance writer and radio producer. In the 1990’s she was an on-air host for a daily investigative news program on KPFA radio, a Pacifica station in California. She contributed articles to dozens of publications here and abroad including the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Providence Journal, International Herald Tribune, Globe and Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, The Nation, and Journal for Scientific Exploration.. Her stories were syndicated through Knight Ridder/Tribune, Scripps-Howard, New York Times wire service, Pacific News Service, and the National Publishers Association. While spending many years reporting on Burma, Kean coauthored Burma’s Revolution of the Spirit: The Struggle for Democratic Freedom and Dignity (Aperture, 1994). She contributed essays for a number of anthologies published between 1998 and 2009.
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/201625/ufos-by-leslie-kean/9780307717085/

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American Government (Pentagon) admits
The Pentagon has officially confirmed that there was, in fact, a $22 million government program to collect and analyze “anomalous aerospace threats” — government-speak for UFOs.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/18/the-government-admits-it-studies-ufos-so-about-those-area-51-conspiracy-theories/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2a60d2feba11

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Lists of Governments investigating UFO’s
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_investigations_of_UFOs_by_governments

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Silver Screen Saucers- Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood’s Movies

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5 Most Credible Sightings
https://www.history.com/news/ufo-sightings-credible-modern

8 World’s Best Places to Search for ET’s
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2018/01/28/the-worlds-8-best-places-to-hunt-for-extraterrestrials-and-search-for-ufos/#7abe67822ddb

Alien visits? UFO survey says 1,101 sightings across Canada in 2017

Alien visits? UFO survey says 1,101 sightings across Canada in 2017

Falcon Lake incident is Canada’s ‘best-documented UFO case,’ even 50 years later
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/falcon-lake-incident-book-anniversary-1.4121639

Phoenix Lights A Sleptic’s Discover That we are not alone
https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Lights-Skeptics-Discovery-Alone/dp/1571746323

Rendlesham Forest Incident
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendlesham_Forest_incident

Aliens Shutting Down Nuclear Sites
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/ufo/8026971/Aliens-have-deactivated-British-and-US-nuclear-missiles-say-US-military-pilots.html

POP Culture
Of Course Spielburg Believes in UFO’s
https://io9.gizmodo.com/of-course-steven-spielberg-believes-in-aliens-1818519987

http://mentalfloss.com/article/63198/15-things-you-may-not-know-about-close-encounters-third-kind
– Spielberg partly based his idea on the research of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a civilian scientific advisor to Project Blue Book who eventually admitted that 11 percent of the study’s findings about unidentified flying objects could not be explained using science. Hynek has a cameo
– Hynek, who also served as a technical advisor on the movie, makes an uncredited cameo in the final scene of the movie. You can spot him pretty easily—he’s the goateed man smoking a pipe and wearing a powder blue suit who pushes through the crowd of scientists to get a better look at the aliens.
-Spielberg approached French actors like Lino Ventura, Yves Montand, and Jean-Louis Trintignant to play Claude Lacombe—who was based on famous UFO researcher Jacques Vallée—before settling on director and sometimes-actor François Truffaut.
– Close Encounters was a forerunner for ET.
Puck would help inspire E.T. after Spielberg asked himself, “What if this little guy didn’t get back on the mothership?” Rambaldi would also go on to design the character of E.T.

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The situation on U.S. Navy Flight 19, from which the airplanes that appear in the Mexican desert came, disappeared off Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in December 1945. No trace has ever been found of “the Lost Flight 19,” which left the Naval Air Station near there in 1945.

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Rumours of dropping hints

Spielberg, Close Encounters, and Conspiracy Theories

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Project Serpo—an alleged human/alien exchange program between US military personnel and a race of extraterrestrials from the Zeta Reticuli star system. The story goes that, in July of 1965, twelve astronauts were taken to the planet Serpo aboard an alien spaceship and remained there for thirteen years. In exchange, the aliens left one of their own in the custody of the US government. This story didn’t emerge until 2005 in the form of a string of anonymous emails that were sent to selected UFO researchers, including Project Camelot/Avalon’s Bill Ryan, who created a website dedicated to the “leaks.”

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Ufology

Don’t Forget UFOlogy: The Influence of UFO Lore in Pop Culture


Indeed, the first reports of flying saucers in the modern UFO era pre-date Hollywood’s first feature film about UFOs by three years. It was in 1947 that pilot Kenneth Arnold’s famous sighting gave rise to the “flying saucer” term, but it wasn’t until 1950 that Hollywood produced The Flying Saucer, a cheap attempt to cash-in on the UFO hysteria then sweeping America—a hysteria incited not by cinema, but by numerous reports nationwide of disc-shaped objects intruding upon America’s airspace.

Ever since 1950, the movie industry has been grabbing hold of UFOlogical concepts and popularizing them through the science-fiction genre: “Men in Black,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Fourth Kind,” “Area 51.” Hollywood didn’t create these terms, they were all part of the common language of UFOlogy decades before Hollywood lifted them. The same is true of the now-iconic image of the “Gray” alien—a form that has its roots in pre-existing UFO literature and which has since has found its way into some of the most popular science-fiction movies and TV shows of all time.

Travis Walton had described such entities as early as 1975. It wasn’t until two years later, in 1977, that Hollywood produced its first fully crystalized cinematic image of the Grays in Spielberg’s proudly UFOlogical Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The Grays in the movie were based directly on first-hand testimonies gathered by Spielberg’s production designer, Joe Alves.

Communion was adapted for Hollywood in 1989; its poster featured a full-face image of a Gray, staring hypnotically into the eyes of millions of creeped-out cinemagoers worldwide. Then followed Intruders (1992), a miniseries based directly on real-world descriptions of Grays as documented in abduction literature. More Grays would then appear in The X-Files (1993-), Babylon 5 (1994-1998), Dark Skies (1996-1997), and others. By the late-1990s, the image of the Gray had supplanted almost all other pre-existing cultural imaginings of what an alien might look like.

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Jupiter Ascending esoteric meanings
The Esoteric and Extraterrestrial Meaning of Jupiter Ascending

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11 Musicians who have seen UFO’s
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/d09fdaf6-ca65-427d-8177-25f209ad9c3b

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Top Ten Songs about UFO’s
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/songs-about-ufos/

DON NOTE: They forgot a couple:

 

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https://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-ufos/ranker-film
Best Movies about UFO’s

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Best TV Shows about Aliens
https://www.ranker.com/list/best-tv-shows-about-aliens/ranker-tv

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Close Encounters
1st Kind- When a person sees a UFO within 150 metres
2nd Kind- Leaves evidence such as scorch marks
3rd Kind- Visible aliens in or out of craft
4th Kind- Taken and experimented on
5th Kind- Mutual Bilateral Communication
http://new.cseti.org/ce5initiative.html

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Dad’s experiences

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James Forrestal’s Death
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Forrestal
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NASA Friend

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UFO Themes
– Government Conspiracies
– Brother from another Planet
– Evil Aliens eat humans/ want resources
– Aliens from another universe
– Aliens are truly the Earth People
– Aliens think we’re unimportant
– Aliens are future humans
– Saviors/Heroes from the Stars
– Animal Experiments
– Alien Bases on Earth
– Breakaway Civilization
– Hybrids
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hellyer
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Foo Fighters
Ghost Rockets

82 Aliens

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The Girl with All the Gifts
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4547056/


DNA Podcast 072 – Time Travel in Popular Culture

In this week’s episode, Rob and Don sit down to talk about time travel! The pair discuss the past, present, and future of time travel stories, how time travel seems to have developed fictional “rules” that everyone agrees on (but have no basis in fact), and what some of their favorite time travel stories are.  All this, and a voice from the future drops by, in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

BBC Online Time Travel Possible
Doctor Who
HG Wells: The Time Machine
Asmiov’s Three Rules of Robotics
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Natsu no Arashi
Doctor Strange (Movie)
Memoires of the 20th Century
The Warp Drive
Star Trek
The Fey Folk
John Carter of Mars: A Princess of Mars
Ano 7603
Mysterious Universe Podcast
Jack Ward’s Borrowed Time Audio Drama
List of Time Travel Stories from Wikipedia
Edge of Tomorrow (movie)
Daylight TV Series (Day Break, actually.)
The Sound of Thunder
Lest Darkness Fall
The Door Into Summer
All You Zombies
Captain Z-Ro
Mr. Peabody and His Boy Sherman
Max the 2000 Year Old Mouse
The Ghost of Slumber Mountain
Once Upon a Time Man…
Frequency
Steins Gate
The Time Traveller’s Wife
About Time
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Back to the Future
Somewhere in Time
Time Bandits
The Undead by Roger Corman
Journeyman TV Series
A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Unidentified Flying Oddball
The Shadow out of Time
12 Monkeys
Travellers TV Series
Quantum Leap
Legends of Tomorrow
Twilight Zone: Walking Distance
Twilight Zone: The Execution
Twilight Zone: The Incredible World of Horrace Ford
Terminator
Timelapse


DNA Podcast 67 – Intelligence in Popular Culture

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Jack Ward to discuss portrayals of Intelligence in popular culture. The three delve into the hows and whys of the way smart people are portrayed the way they are in the media, the difference between wisdom and intelligence, and how it’s all linked with the ways the human brain works. All this, and why Daniel Kahneman is the most important person you’ve never heard of, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

The Great Gazoo
Mr. Myxlpltzk
Professor Jordan Peterson
Marcus Brody (Indiana Jones)
Geeks vs Nerds Podcast
Confucianism
Andy Griffith
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
TRON
Reboot TV
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Rabbit Brain – Tortoise Brain (actually called “Hare Brain Tortoise Mind.“)
Sliders TV
E-Sports
The Dark Web
Doogie Howser MD
Death Note
Being There (Movie)
John Grisham
Lee Child
DNA Nerd Episode
Cyberpunk
Kramer vs. Kramer
Glengary Glen Ross
The S.P.I.N.E. of a Good Story (from Rob’s blog)
Epic Rap Battles: Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock
Invisible Ink by Brian MacDonald
Inciting Incident
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Stephen Hawking
Dirty Harry
Charles Bronson


DNA Podcast 055 – Making the Biff Straker RPG

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with their friend Jack Ward to help him construct a tabletop RPG system for his Audio Drama series Spaceways Starring Biff Straker. In the process, the trio discuss the benefits of different dice systems, damage systems, character design approaches, and how to bring the feels to an RPG. All this, and the My Little Pony RPG, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Spaceways Starring Biff Straker
Champions RPG
Doc Savage
Jake Samson
Car Wars
Cartoon Action Hour
GURPS
Morrow Project
Vampire the Masquerade
The D6 System
Xena the Warrior Princess
Shadowrun
Cyberpunk
Space 1889
Star Trek FASA RPG
My Little Pony RPG
Battletech
Star Wars (West End Games)
Mekton (First Edition)


DNA Podcast 037 – Death and the Nerdly Arts

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Rob, Don and Jack Ward explore the place of death in the nerdly arts. From superheroes who never die, to the real life celebrities who do (for now), and how our own fears of death shape our entertainment of choice, the trio head down a funerary rabbit hole. It’s an episode of grave humour, and sober considerations about the future of the kind you’ll only find on the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

The Princess Diarist
Nicholas Hammond
Rocket Robin Hood
King Arthur
Edward Snowden
Bill and Ted play Chess with Death
Millenial Problems
Japanese Don’t Have Sex
Japanese VR Sex Toys
The Venus Project
Basic Minimum Income
Randi Cartier


DNA Podcast 035 – The Hero’s Journey Strikes Back!

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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by Jack Ward for a spirited debate about Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Does Campbell’s opus really hold the key to writing satisfying stories? Jack thinks so, but Rob and Don aren’t so sure, and this leads to a long discussion involving comparative mythology, newspaper comic strips, 1970’s vampire hunting reporters, and more sitcom references than an 80’s flashback! All this, and Don’s unhealthy fixation with the obscure scifi comedy Quark are waiting for you in this, the 35th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (book)
Glove and Boots Heros Journey (in 5 minutes, with puppets)
The Power of Myth Bill Moyers/Joseph Campbell
Christopher Vogler Hero’s Journey Memo
Kishotenketsu For Beginners (Alternate Japanese Story Structure)
Buck Rogers
Mary Worth
Snuffie Smith
Blondie
Cousin Oliver/Brady Bunch
The Story Toolkit Podcast
Eating Raoul (trailer)
Captain Blood (Errol Flynn, trailer)
Quark (first episode)
Law and Order
Kolchak the Night Stalker
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Who’s the Boss?


DNA Podcast 028 – The Nature of Nerdliness

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In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with guest Jack Ward to discuss what it means to be a nerd. The trio discuss exactly what nerds are, where they came from, and whether nerds as a concept is even still relevant in modern culture.  All this, and why The Nutty Professor was the great nerd hero of the 20th century are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:
Nerds
The Anarchist movement
The IT Crowd
Oscar Wilde
The Nutty Professor (trailer)
Trekkie
Science Fiction Conventions
Our Gang
Otaku
Zines
Fanzines
Fanfiction
Starfleet Command Fan Organization
Mysterious Universe
Snake Theory of Human Evolution
Metal- A Headbanger’s Journey (trailer)
Led Zeppelin and Tolkien
Star Wars and Flash Gordon
Easy Riders – Raging Bulls
Howard the Duck (movie review)
C-3PO’s Cereal (video review)
B.A.D.D.
Heavy Metal Magazine
Custer’s Revenge (video review)
The Nintendo Power Glove (video review)
Oliver Twist
The Picwick Papers
Hammy Hamster’s Adventures on the Riverbank (video)


DNA Podcast 015: Podcasting Audio Drama

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward of the Sonic Society podcast to talk about Jack’s experiences hosting the Internet’s greatest audio drama showcase for over a decade and the thrills and frustrations of being an audio drama producer in the podcast age. Slap on your Podjectors and Flip the switch to join us in this, the 15th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Podcasting
Adam Curry (The Podfather!)
The Sonic Society
Decoder Ring Theatre
Serial Podcast
The Black Tapes Podcast
Welcome to Night Vale
Electric Vicuna Podcast
Firefly: Old Wounds
Radio Drama
Willis Cooper’s Lights Out
Broken Sea Audio Productions
Darker Projects
Power Records
Patreon
Audio Drama Lovers Facebook Group
Icebox Radio Theatre
Scott Sigler
Destructamundo Podcast (ending the world, one show at a time!)
Host Your Own Old Time Radio Drama (by Craig Robotham)
Chatterbox Audio Theatre
We’re Alive
Midnight Radio Theatre- The Woman in the Basement (listen to it at night with the lights out at night, we double dog dare you!)
Podcast Directories
Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Showcase