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Hello, fellow podcast lovers!

Occasionally, the way time work graces us with five Mondays in a month, coupled with my annoyance at odd numbers of weeks. Months with five Mondays can expect the off-week edition, where I share links with you to media that I think you should access and put in your queues. This is an edition for everyone, creators and fans alike, so we can both explore new critical ways of analyzing media and explore new topics that might spark an idea. For the sake of podcast lovers everywhere, most links will come with a podcast pairing as well.

This time though, they'll include a lot of nonfiction, so that what's happening here at Audio Dramatic can more intense pull together the threads that link fiction and nonfiction together. There's a divide that exists within the industry in attitudes towards each side, and not enough understanding of how these things fit together and inform each other. So let's talk storytelling, fiction, power, and transformation.
  • Jazmine Sullivan's album Heaux Tales and the Object of Sound episode with Sullivan as an interview guest are a great queue to have, back to back. Sullivan's music is a balm to my soul, thanks especially to her interludes. Interludes in music albums are classic ways to craft personal and overarching story, and Sullivan's are, quite simply, earth-shattering.
  • An article about audio about U.K. podcast companies who want to move away from the structures imposed by the BBC, and develop an audio industry and space that looks more like the U.S. independent production space.

11 Latinx Podcasts Changing the White Voice of the Industry

  • Daniel James Belnavis' essay The Unraveling of a Dream is about his time as a Black gay man with mental illness in the ensemble cast of Hamilton during their first national tour. It addresses a fundamental question about storytelling: who gets to tell their own stories? What happens when everyone in production is white, directing and producing and managing a racially diverse cast? Hint: it's anti-Blackness, compounded by a lot of other things.
  • Who wants cool science and history all tangled up together? In 1926, 5,000 dead letters -- letters unsent because their authors could not pay postage -- were discovered in a trunk belonging to Simone and Marie de Brienne, 17th century postmasters who delivered letters all over Europe. One of those letters has been unfolded for the first time ever, and you can see the animation and learn how it works over at Sarah Wells' article Virtual Unfolding Reveals the Past. These are old forgotten stories, difficult to parse but thanks to technology, a step closer to returning to the light while preserving their intactness for cultural heritage.
  • This 2017 article There is no diverse book by Chad Everett is always relevant, and mandatory reading for understanding how diversity centers white heteronormativity, and new ways to think about a continuum of representation. Put a pin this essay, too -- I'll be referring to it again in a future issue.
  • Input Mag publishes some incredibly cool experimental, interactive articles, like this review about the game Loop Hero. It's a game where you control a world after a devastating apocalypse around the protagonist, creating complex loops back around to base camp in order to defeat monsters and rebuild the world. What happens to how you approach disaster recovery and rebuilding when you're purposefully setting out to spawn a boss?
  • The RPG LATAM JAM is an indie RPG creation jam for Latin America RPGs, an incredible event hosted by M.A. GUAX that can genuinely support new voices and underrepresented ideas in the RPG industry.
  • Media 2070's An Invitation to Dream Up Media Reparations is an organization and movement "to transform who has the capital to produce their own stories by 2070." Central to this work at the moment is the 100-page research paper that investigates anti-Black harm in the U.S. media system. There's also a robust media section with explainers, blog posts, and links to articles where Media 2070 was mentioned.
    • Reclaiming Our Story with Media 2070 is a panel of Black journalists and activists discussing narrative power, and Media 2070's place in shaping our timeline.
    • One of the guests on that panel is Bridget Todd, host of There Are No Girls on the Internet. I highly suggest you start with her internal series, DISINFORMED, which I just caught up with yesterday.
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May your podcasts bring you joy,
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