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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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Jun 26, 2022

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.

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Jun 19, 2022

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.

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Jun 12, 2022

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.

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Jun 5, 2022

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. 

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