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Which podcasts would you highly recommend to your friends?

Air Out My Shorts
3 (2.2%)
Classic Tales
4 (2.9%)
clonepod
5 (3.6%)
Cthulhu Podcast
0 (0%)
Darker Projects
4 (2.9%)
Decoder Ring Theater
8 (5.8%)
Drabblecast
18 (13.1%)
Escape Pod
28 (20.4%)
New Yorker: Fiction
3 (2.2%)
Nobilis Erotica
1 (0.7%)
PodCastle
22 (16.1%)
PRI Selected Shorts
4 (2.9%)
Pseudopod
12 (8.8%)
This American Life
13 (9.5%)
Variant Frequencies
10 (7.3%)
Well Told Tales
2 (1.5%)

Total Members Voted: 28

Author Topic: Short Story Podcasts  (Read 27323 times)

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on: January 26, 2008, 11:06:06 PM
a collection of popular short story podcasts.
entries to the list will be added in batches since it resets voting.

current suggestions:

THE DUNESTEEF
Crimewav
SteamPod
« Last Edit: August 19, 2008, 11:21:28 PM by deflective »



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Reply #1 on: January 27, 2008, 04:20:30 PM
Classic Tales only gets a moderate recommendation from me. Some of the stories are dated, but most of them hold up pretty well and the production values are nice.

I can't quite make myself recommend Pseudopod. I SO much want to like it, but the quality of the stories selected are a touch uneven compared to the other sites. I'm also not a big fan of the intro line "I've got a story for you, and I promise it's true." That feels to me like a forced imitation of EscapePod's much better "It's story time." It reminded me of when Jay Leno used to walk onto the stage with a little air-guitar riff as his take on Johnny Carson's golf swing. In both case it made the newcomer feel like it was trying to copy the original but not quite succeeding.

I wonder if anyone else here listens to any of the others mentioned.

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Reply #2 on: January 27, 2008, 04:28:09 PM
I'm also not a big fan of the intro line "I've got a story for you, and I promise it's true." That feels to me like a forced imitation of EscapePod's much better "It's story time." It reminded me of when Jay Leno used to walk onto the stage with a little air-guitar riff as his take on Johnny Carson's golf swing. In both case it made the newcomer feel like it was trying to copy the original but not quite succeeding.

Heh. I always felt the opposite - that PP's intro line was better than EP's one. For EP, it's just a neutral introduction. For PP, it's extra value. Given the reaction last time PP tried to get rid of it, I think I'm not the only one that enjoys the line.

That said, I agree that PP's story quality is uneven, and averages at lower than EP. I think that's a reflection of the genre more than anything else - if you pick up a random horror anthology in a bookstore, the quality will likely be overall worse than that of a science fiction anthology. I still think it's worth recommending.



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Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008, 01:18:20 AM
Wow, I didn't know Selected Shorts was doing a podcast!  I used to listen to that every week, but my schedule got to where it just wasn't happening, and at the time there was no way to timeshift the show.  Good to know!



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Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008, 06:37:38 PM
I listen to EP and PP (obviously) and also Variant Frequencies and Drabblecast.  I think they all fluctuate and some episodes are better than others, but I still really like the majority of what I'm getting and recommend them to anyone who will listen.  However, I cannot think of a bad episode of This American Life that I've listened to.  That show is consistently amazing.  (I need to check out the TV show sometime.)

Does anyone listen to Well Told Tales or Decoder Ring Theater?  I've been meaning to give them a try but haven't yet. 


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Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008, 07:30:33 PM
I listen to EP and PP (obviously) and also Variant Frequencies and Drabblecast. 

I'm strictly EP but am looking to add some more short story fiction to my IPod.  Will do PP for sure.  I was wondering about Drabblecast, for some reason it isn't current on I-Tunes.  Does anyone know why this is?

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Reply #6 on: February 05, 2008, 07:38:12 PM
Does anyone listen to Well Told Tales or Decoder Ring Theater?  I've been meaning to give them a try but haven't yet. 

Decoder Ring Theater is great.  It's a loving poke at pulp radio dramas.



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Reply #7 on: February 05, 2008, 09:07:26 PM
I listen to EP and PP (obviously) and also Variant Frequencies and Drabblecast. 

I'm strictly EP but am looking to add some more short story fiction to my IPod.  Will do PP for sure.  I was wondering about Drabblecast, for some reason it isn't current on I-Tunes.  Does anyone know why this is?

It should be on itunes...that's how I subscribed to it, at least.  DC is great -- the stuff before and after the story is usually as good as the stories themselves.


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Reply #8 on: February 06, 2008, 03:27:26 AM
I listen to EP and PP (obviously) and also Variant Frequencies and Drabblecast. 

I'm strictly EP but am looking to add some more short story fiction to my IPod.  Will do PP for sure.  I was wondering about Drabblecast, for some reason it isn't current on I-Tunes.  Does anyone know why this is?

It should be on itunes...that's how I subscribed to it, at least.  DC is great -- the stuff before and after the story is usually as good as the stories themselves.

I just checked I-Tunes, the last episode listed is #36.  I'll have to go to the website for current content.

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Reply #9 on: February 06, 2008, 09:51:26 AM
I listen to EP and PP (obviously) and also Variant Frequencies and Drabblecast. 

I'm strictly EP but am looking to add some more short story fiction to my IPod.  Will do PP for sure.  I was wondering about Drabblecast, for some reason it isn't current on I-Tunes.  Does anyone know why this is?

It should be on itunes...that's how I subscribed to it, at least.  DC is great -- the stuff before and after the story is usually as good as the stories themselves.

I just checked I-Tunes, the last episode listed is #36.  I'll have to go to the website for current content.

If you subscribe to the DC, you should get all of them.  If you don't want all, just set your preference to "Do Nothing" in "When new podcasts are available".  Then you can manually click on the episodes you want to download.



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Reply #10 on: February 06, 2008, 03:46:45 PM
I listen to EP and PP (obviously) and also Variant Frequencies and Drabblecast. 

I'm strictly EP but am looking to add some more short story fiction to my IPod.  Will do PP for sure.  I was wondering about Drabblecast, for some reason it isn't current on I-Tunes.  Does anyone know why this is?

It should be on itunes...that's how I subscribed to it, at least.  DC is great -- the stuff before and after the story is usually as good as the stories themselves.

I just checked I-Tunes, the last episode listed is #36.  I'll have to go to the website for current content.

If you subscribe to the DC, you should get all of them.  If you don't want all, just set your preference to "Do Nothing" in "When new podcasts are available".  Then you can manually click on the episodes you want to download.


Good, I'll try that. Might as well load them all up at once and give it a run through.

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Reply #11 on: February 06, 2008, 10:00:39 PM
If you subscribe to the DC, you should get all of them.  If you don't want all, just set your preference to "Do Nothing" in "When new podcasts are available".  Then you can manually click on the episodes you want to download.

Nope, iTunes won't offer 1-35 even if you subscribe.



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Reply #12 on: February 06, 2008, 10:16:45 PM
I noticed this too- I'll check it out



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Reply #13 on: February 07, 2008, 01:38:35 AM
Of the listed, I still only listen to Escape Pod and Variant Frequencies (and only picked up on the latter about 3 months ago).  Hadn't even heard of most of the others until now. :-\

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Reply #14 on: February 07, 2008, 08:15:34 AM
If you subscribe to the DC, you should get all of them.  If you don't want all, just set your preference to "Do Nothing" in "When new podcasts are available".  Then you can manually click on the episodes you want to download.

Nope, iTunes won't offer 1-35 even if you subscribe.

I read Darwinist as saying he could only get 1-35 and now eytanz says he can't get 1-35 at all.  I only subscribed (through the iTunes link at the DC site) about three weeks ago and got it all.

[going to iTunes]
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I just unsubscribed and then subscribed again through the iTunes store.  I got eps 1-50.  Whatever the glich, it seems to have passed.



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Reply #15 on: February 07, 2008, 08:40:36 AM
I think Drawinist was also saying he couldn't get 1-35 (by "last episode is 36" I thought he meant "the last one on the iTunes list", which lists them in reverse order).

In any case, this was indeed fixed - 1-20 appeared on my iTunes this morning.



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Reply #16 on: February 08, 2008, 04:59:00 AM
I think Drawinist was also saying he couldn't get 1-35 (by "last episode is 36" I thought he meant "the last one on the iTunes list", which lists them in reverse order).

In any case, this was indeed fixed - 1-20 appeared on my iTunes this morning.


Thanks, I'm rolling now - computer is downloading all episodes right now.  I've got a lot of work to do.

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Reply #17 on: February 08, 2008, 06:28:14 AM
Being new to the whole Podcast thing, I'm actually surprised I have nearly half of the mentioned Podcasts in my Favorites (in my brand new Podcast folder!). Escape Pod and Pseudopod, of course, top my list, followed by Variant Frequencies and Well Told Tales. The Drabblecast is in there, but I have yet to listen to any of their stories. I'm assuming it's highly recommended, based on the people rushing off to iTunes for it.

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Reply #18 on: February 08, 2008, 05:18:51 PM
You left out mine.  :(



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Reply #19 on: February 08, 2008, 07:01:11 PM
What's yours nobilis?



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Reply #20 on: February 08, 2008, 11:43:06 PM
Nobilis Erotica is a weekly podcast of erotic short stories, serials, and excerpts.  You can find it at nobilis.libsyn.com.  The audio is not safe for work, but there are no images there that'll get you in trouble.



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Reply #21 on: February 09, 2008, 04:16:01 AM
What's yours nobilis?
Nobilis Erotica.  I first heard a promo for it while listening to Variant Frequencies.  I listened to a few early episodes -- not really my cup of tea, but I did like the "Dreamland" series for its SFnal qualities.

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Reply #22 on: February 09, 2008, 08:42:42 PM
I listen to EP and PP (obviously) and also Variant Frequencies and Drabblecast. 

I'm strictly EP but am looking to add some more short story fiction to my IPod.  Will do PP for sure.  I was wondering about Drabblecast, for some reason it isn't current on I-Tunes.  Does anyone know why this is?

It should be on itunes...that's how I subscribed to it, at least.  DC is great -- the stuff before and after the story is usually as good as the stories themselves.

I'm through the first 8 and yeah, its great.   Norm Sherman's commentary is hilarious.  He sounds like a guy who would be fun to hang around with.   

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Reply #23 on: February 10, 2008, 01:13:21 AM
...not really my cup of tea, but I did like the "Dreamland" series for its SFnal qualities.

Wow, you liked Dreamland?

I was considering pulling it down because I thought it didn't reflect well on me anymore.  Just goes to show you...



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Reply #24 on: February 10, 2008, 01:15:23 AM
I need an RSS feed that offers mp3 files before I can subscribe to Drabblecast.  I don't have a device that'll play their file format.