The First Episode Of

The First Episode Of

The First Episode Of... is an occasional podcast about audio drama and the creative process hosted by W. Keith Tims. In each show, I listen to the first episode of an indie audio drama, then have a discussion with the creators about the show, their methods, their struggles, and successes. It's a great conversation for anyone interested in storytelling and creativity, and with so much talent and variety out there, you're sure to find your next favorite audio drama by listening.

Episodes

August 28, 2022 47 min

For the 50th episode special, host W. Keith Tims becomes the interviewee with guest host Kris Kaiyala, as they discuss a year of podcasting, The Book of Constellations, music as mood, training your brain to write, and writing with empathy and authenticity.

The Book of Constellations is available on most major podcast platforms or from http://bookofconstellations.com

Listen to Kris Kaiyala's Dirt - An Audio Drama on most major p...

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Creator Alex Dolan and Producer Vince Dajani talk about their crime thriller The Patron Saint of Suicides, adapting a novel to audio drama, using contrasts to create tension, fiction as a tool to tackle difficult subjects, and why you shouldn't write "likable" characters.

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August 14, 2022 32 min

Dom Guilfoyle talks about their supernatural anthology The Mistholme Museum of Mystery, Morbidity, and Mortality, working with the That's Not Canon podcast collective, developing a show based on your limitations, wrestling with imposter syndrome, and finding a balanced ending.

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August 7, 2022 35 min

Jessica Berson discusses her metaphysical drama Echoes (in) Between, generational trauma, throwing wrenches into the narrative, midlife crossroads, and why writing friends is more interesting than writing romance.

You can listen to Echoes (in) Between on most major podcast platforms, or from https://echoesinbetween.podbean.com/

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The creators of The First Episode Of & The Book of Constellations and Delivery are creating a new audio drama: The Love Talker, now in production. We're excited to bring you a short teaser, "Hiding Day."

The Love Talker is a folk horror audio drama that launches in 2022. Visit thelovetalker.com for more information.

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July 31, 2022 33 min

Sarah Penn discusses her psychological horror show Rapture 518, the stigma of mental illness, doctors as authority figures, struggling past performance anxiety, and why people are more complex than the undead.

You can listen to Rapture 518 on most major podcast platforms or from https://redcircle.com/shows/rapture518 

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July 24, 2022 34 min

Noelle Rose and Laura Harmon discuss their fantasy bedtime story Dragon Shanty, the magic of oral history, healing from trauma, tabletop roleplaying, and living your own testimony.

You can listen to Dragon Shanty on most major podcast platforms, or from: https://www.dragonshanty.com/

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July 17, 2022 34 min

Jenny Curtis and Chris Porter discuss their sci-fi show Solar, getting good performances by recording whole scenes, trauma and isolation, balancing commercial and artistic concerns, and giving the characters room to speak.

You can listen to Solar on most major podcast platforms or from https://www.solarthepodcast.com/

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July 10, 2022 34 min

Chris Gervais talks about his adventure horror Dead Meat Pete, growing up in the Spielberg generation, horror stories as tools to deal with fear, using tropes to connect the author to the audience, and art as a means of agency.

Listen to Dead Meat Pete on most major podcast platforms, or visit https://www.deadmeatpete.com/

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July 3, 2022 33 min

Joshua Bawden and Fletcher Legg of Short Tale Sounds discuss their sci-fi submarine story Proteus, their love of action-adventure movies, working through lockdown, immersive sound design, and the nature of originality.

To listen to Proteus, search for "Short Tale Sounds" on your favorite podcast apps, or from https://www.instagram.com/short_tale_sounds/

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June 26, 2022 33 min

Emily Rainbow Davis talks about her speculative-fiction story The Dragoning, mixing myth and modernity, the Kavanaugh hearings, rage and fear, and setting the table for art. Listen to The Dragoning on most major podcast platforms, or from https://www.messengertheatreco.org/dragoning-listen

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June 19, 2022 36 min

Brad Williams discusses his post-apocalypse romance Once Upon a Wasteland, the Fallout video game franchise, writing a story within an existing IP, queer romance, art as means to move audiences, and struggling with self-doubt.

You can listen to Once Upon a Wasteland on most major podcast platforms, or from https://onceuponawasteland.com/

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June 12, 2022 32 min

Ian Knowles talks about his supernatural Noir show Neon Shadows, tropes and misdirection, using narration to create empathy, gritty action in audio, and the importance of failure. You can listen to Neon Shadows on most major podcast platforms or from: https://www.neonshadowspod.com/

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June 5, 2022 32 min

Chance Muehleck talks about his neo-gothic fable Saturn's Return, form vs. content, what makes a good monologue, adapting a play for audio, and finding the right container for his ideas.  You can listen to Saturn's Return on most major podcast platforms, or from https://www.nervetank.com/saturns-return-ad

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May 29, 2022 34 min

Karin Heimdahl, the creator of Y2K, talks about her new audio drama Chaika, sci-fi as a magnifier of human experience, finding connection out of loneliness, language-based artificial intelligence, and the importance of planning.

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May 22, 2022 35 min

Josie & Michael Herman discuss their sci-fi horror The Call of the Void, the secrets of dialog writing, remastering old episodes, what makes something scary, and the factors that help make an audio drama a success.

You can listen to The Call of the Void on most major podcast platforms, or visit https://www.acornartsandentertainment.com/thevoid

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May 15, 2022 33 min

Destiny Howell talks about her comic fantasy Absolutely No Adventures, writing for what you can produce, her strong opinions on fantasy tropes, telling a familiar story "a little to the left," and her crusade to let Black kids go to Narnia.

You can listen to Absolutely No Adventures on most major podcast platforms, or from https://noadventurespod.com/

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May 8, 2022 33 min

York Campbell talks about his sci-fi storytelling show Poetic Earthlings, drawing inspiration from everyday life, Art Bell and Joe Frank, not selling out, and deleting four hundred episodes and starting over.

You can listen to Poetic Earthlings on most major podcast platforms, or from http://poeticearthlings.com

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May 1, 2022 34 min

Christian Powlesland, Harvey Badger, and Angus Maxwell of Shouting Is Funny discuss their fantasy musical The Chronicles of Wild Hollow, the strength in collaboration, the need to create even in COVID times, using familiar story structure to introduce an audience to the world, and the challenges of writing musicals.

You can listen to The Chronicles of Wild Hollow on most major podcast platforms, or at https://www.shoutingisfunny.co...

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April 24, 2022 35 min

The creators of the sketch comedy audio fiction show PodCube™, Jordan Reed, Tucker Betez, and Mason Amadeus, talk about what's funny, committing to sound design, improvisation, and finding creative freedom with the right frame.

You can listen to PodCube™ on most major podcast platforms or from https://pod.link/podcube

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