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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 7, 2023

William A. Wellman discusses their show Hello from the Hallowoods, exploring Queerness in the horror genre, writing complex and intertwining storylines, focusing on mood in narrative, and giving up a marketing job to become a full-time creative.

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Apr 23, 2023

Producer Mark Helton and writer Tera Eon discuss their time-traveling heist show Murphy's Inc, using characters to flesh out the world, working with someone else's ideas, criminals as protagonists, and dealing with (or not) time travel paradoxes.

Listen to Murphy's Inc. on most major podcast platforms, or from

Apr 9, 2023

James Weippert talks about his Public Domain Players and their production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, adapting works from the public domain, being faithful to familiar stories or making changes, the Sarah Grace Foundation, and working on a show fifteen minutes at a time.


Mar 26, 2023

Cat Blackard talks about her hybrid audio drama The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program, elevating "actual play" podcasts, being a multidisciplinary artist, taking a queer point of view to existing material, and the dilemma of appreciating the art of problematic artists.

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Mar 12, 2023

Adam Murciano talks about his retro horror ICE-CREAM, starting a subscription platform for listeners, the awkwardness of the teen years, the strange subversion of ice cream trucks, and the horror of always being one mistake away from ruin.

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A transcript of this episode  is...