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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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Apr 24, 2022

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

Apr 17, 2022

Eli Ramos talks about their cyberpunk show Under the Electric Stars, the inclusive mission of the Aster Podcasting Network, action scenes in audio drama, techno-Orientalism, and why cyberpunk is great for exploring themes of identity.

Listen to Under the Electric Stars on most major podcast platforms, or from

Apr 10, 2022

Lee Seguinte and Scott Paladin discuss their anthology sci-fi Western Breathing Space, Fading Frontier, the urge to create, reframing the Western, shared worldbuilding, making a culture of collaboration, and tortured acronyms.

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Apr 3, 2022

Writer Emily Inkpen and Producer Chris Gregory talk about their grimdark political sci-fi The Dex Legacy, war as a business, managing worldbuilding, the power of sci-fi, and our love for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

You can listen to The Dex Legacy on most major podcast platforms, or from