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Ten Podcasts for Storytellers

I don't know about you all, but life is busy and I don't get to read enough. This is a sad state of affairs for an unrepentant book nerd, and doubly sad because one of the best ways for a writer to get better is to read other people's words. However, all is not lost! I regularly get narrative fixes via the brilliant and free world of podcasts. These podcasts, in random order, are sure to enlighten, delight, and astound.

1. The Memory Palace: Let Nick Dimeo whisper in your ear with his sexy voice about strange moments in history. He knows how to tell a mean story.

http://thememorypalace.us/

2. The New Yorker Fiction Podcast: A current New Yorker fiction author reads a story from the New Yorker archives. Then the author and Deborah Treisman (the New Yorker's fiction editor) discuss the story. Excellent literary fiction accompanied by smart story analysis.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/podcasts/fiction

3. Radio Lab: Narrative based and easy to understand science reporting at its best. They take hard to understand science concepts and make them compelling. This is a delicious podcast.

http://www.radiolab.org/

4. Toasted Cake: It's new, it's being run by the mighty Tina Connelly who has great taste in fiction, and it's a great choice when you want something short.

http://toastedcake.com/

5. The Moth: Slam poetry is to poetry as The Moth is to short stories. People bring their A game to this live storytelling podcast. Often outrageous.

http://themoth.org

6. Africa Past and Present: Stumbled upon this one when I was doing research on South Africa. It's academic, historical, and fascinating. I don't know about you all, but I don't know nearly enough about Africa and this podcast often expands my mind about humanity.

http://afripod.aodl.org/

7. This American Life: It's been around forever and has rabid followers. Really good at building suspense and narrative tension in various ways.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

8. Tor.com: For my money, this is where the most interesting speculative long-ish fiction is being published.

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/12/torcom-podcasts

9. Escape Pod and Pod Castle: These sister casts are impeccably produced and are a great way to keep up with the SF short fiction world, as most the best stories tend to show up over here eventually.



http://escapepod.org/ http://podcastle.org/

10. Cast of Wonders: Does the world need more young adult speculative fiction in it? Yes. How can you even ask such a question?

http://www.castofwonders.org/
Tags: craft, podcast, storytelling, writing
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