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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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Jul 31, 2022

Sarah Penn discusses her psychological horror show Rapture 518, the stigma of mental illness, doctors as authority figures, struggling past performance anxiety, and why people are more complex than the undead.

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Jul 24, 2022

Noelle Rose and Laura Harmon discuss their fantasy bedtime story Dragon Shanty, the magic of oral history, healing from trauma, tabletop roleplaying, and living your own testimony.

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Jul 17, 2022

Jenny Curtis and Chris Porter discuss their sci-fi show Solar, getting good performances by recording whole scenes, trauma and isolation, balancing commercial and artistic concerns, and giving the characters room to speak.

You can listen to Solar on most major podcast platforms or...

Jul 10, 2022

Chris Gervais talks about his adventure horror Dead Meat Pete, growing up in the Spielberg generation, horror stories as tools to deal with fear, using tropes to connect the author to the audience, and art as a means of agency.

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Jul 3, 2022

Joshua Bawden and Fletcher Legg of Short Tale Sounds discuss their sci-fi submarine story Proteus, their love of action-adventure movies, working through lockdown, immersive sound design, and the nature of originality.

To listen to Proteus, search for "Short Tale Sounds" on your favorite podcast apps, or...