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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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May 29, 2022

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

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.

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May 15, 2022

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.

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May 8, 2022

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.

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May 1, 2022

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.