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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.

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Dec 28, 2021

The creator of the paranormal docudrama-comedy Ray Can't Sleep Steven Honeycutt talks about working as a Hollywood extra, his love of parody, writing clear character arcs, surprising your audience, and trying to see past the download numbers.

Ray Can't Sleep can be found on most major podcast platforms, or at 

Dec 19, 2021

Susie Singer Carter talks about the scream-queen horror comedy I Love Lucifer, her career in Hollywood, her work within the Alzheimer's community, improv for writers, ageism and sexism, and being true to your own voice.

You can listen to I Love Lucifer on most major podcast platforms, or at

Dec 12, 2021

The producers of the family dynasty horror drama The Secrets of Harridge House Scott Young and Joe Bly discuss producing community-driven radio theatre for KNVC, prime-time soap operas of the 60s and 70s, Dark Shadows, managing to record a cast of over twenty actors remotely, and the lengths one goes to find the right...

Dec 5, 2021

Alex Kingsley talks about their sci-fi satire The Stench of Adventure, the challenges of comedy, nihilism and absurdism, the inclusive philosophy of their media and game company Strong Branch Productions, dealing with rejection, and betraying theatre every day.

The Stench of Adventure can be found on most major podcast...

Nov 21, 2021

Daniel Valero Fletcher talks about his Lucha Libre drama The Luchador: 1,000 Fights of El Fuego Fuerte, reframing a visual medium for audio, his love of classic wrestling movies, the tension within heroic characters, and casting pro wrestlers on the show.

The Luchador: 1,000 Fights of El Fuego Fuerte can be found on...