To be a great author you need to read many great books...
My theory is that the same process must be true to become a great podcaster.
Every morning I listen to a new podcast to explore and harness my understanding of the medium a little further.
And for those of you who are new to the podcast world or looking for a new series to get your teeth into - voila. Plenty of inspiration to get you started.
Follow my thread for #TheDailyPodcastReview on my twitter profile and follow the accompanying Spotify playlist...
Below are week #1's podcast reviews, from fantasy fiction, current affairs to fertility...
Podcast: Imagined Life
Episode Title: The Wanderer
True storytelling escapism! Disappear into the life - from start to end - of a young lonely black student to bus boy to famous American poet. Soundscaped scripted polished studio production. Love the reveal of the character's true identity at the very end!
Episodes listened to: Ep 0, Ep 1, T1, S1, Ep 2, T2, S2, Ep 3, T3, S3.
Producer: Becky Ripley and many other awesome award-winning folk at BBC Radio 4.
In short: Bingeable British drama meets Men In Black, with a sprinkling of Bonobo theme music.
What a joy to listen to the sound of the rainforest whilst walking in the Peak District being interrupted by lambs! What if you never heard a bird sing ever again? Through drama, soundscapes and informational talks - this series teaches us to appreciate the importance of nature for our mental wellbeing. Beautifully layered binaural sound design, immersive sci-fi story with an all-female cast. More-ish!
Podcast: The Immaculate Deception
Episode: The Clinic
Category: True Crime
Producer: Jenny Kleeman/Somethin’ Else
In short: Real life fertility stories. What if your dad wasn't really your dad?
Shocking story of a man & woman who discover the true identity of their father…As well as over 60 others siblings they never knew about.
Production: part as-live reporter/part scripted narration, interspersed with real life interview clips. This was a recommendation from someone on my ‘How To Podcast’ webinar last week!
Podcast: Stories Of Our Times
Episode: Victory over coronavirus: The lessons of VE day
Category: Daily News
Producer: Manveen Rana/The Times
In short: What can VE Day tell us about the coronavirus? What can we expect when lockdown is lifted?
News archive interspersed with quality historian storytelling. Standard current affairs podcast: scripted, lively clip sequence with music to break up speech.
Did I learn something? Yes. Has it changed my perspective? Absolutely.
Next week's #TheDailyPodcastReview:
BBC Radio 3's The Essay and Deepak Chopra!
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