Hello audiodramaphiles and storytelling superstars! It’s November, which means its time for us to take a listen to stories about people – their behaviors, their interactions, and their relationships. We also have a cornucopia of stories for you each week this month, and this episode is no exception – four different audio stories to entertain your ears. To kick it all off, we’re starting with some fun radio-broadcast-style stories.
In case you’ve missed it these past few weeks, Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope has been playing on MAT since October, but the full series is a daily audio drama podcast that has been broadcasting since October of 2017. Produced by Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, Mercury tells the story of a group of survivors nearby a college radio station broadcasting during the zombie apocalypse. Instead of focusing on the horrors that come with this genre, Mercury looks at trying to live your best life under the worst of circumstances. We’re doing a collection of Mercury broadcasts from now until the end of the year, and in this episode we have Broadcast # 265: The Pestilence that Stalks in Darkness. If you’ve been loving the series thusfar, and want to catch up on the back catalog, you can find it all at patreon.com/mercuryradio.
After you’re done finding hope in post-apocalyptia, it’s another fictional broadcast, coming to you from Compass Point University. Ask Answergirl is an eleven-part audio drama experience created by Central Michigan University College of the Arts and Media faculty and students. Each episode contains a mini-mystery designed to invite listeners to use their ears – and their brains – to solve the case before Zina. This week, we have Episode 2: Parlez Vous Cheating, created by Will Anderson and produced by Chris Csont
Since we’re on the topic of languages, thanks to Answergirl, it’s also the perfect time to take a slight detour into the world of SCIENCE with that darling of the scientific radio airwaves, the Amazing Science Emporium. Sit down with Dan for another well-spent visit to the Emporium where he discusses linguistics and etymology
Our last story of the episode is a new one to MAT. EXOPLANETARY is a science-fiction series that follows the children of the Wolverton family, as they work for a giant corporation striving to expand beyond the solar system in the 26th Century. Written by C Christopher Hart, the series takes a look at the Wolverton siblings and how they navigate the demands and greed of the company they work for around their own morals and happiness. It’s an avenue of science fiction less often explored, taking a look at how the future of technology and corporate greed can make things complex and complicated, for better or worse. With interesting story concepts and thoughtful acting and sound design, this is a fun series to ruminate on with each new episode. We’re lucky to share a few of these episodes with you this month, starting with tonight’s installment of Exoplanetary, Episode 1: The Complete Alice Wolverton.
Enjoy this cornucopia of stories!
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