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Getting On with James Urbaniak by Devon Taylor

James Urbaniak is the kind of podcaster that other producers love to hate. His show, Getting On with James Urbaniak, consists of nothing but a single voice reading a fictional soliloquy, often written by someone else. There is almost no elaborate soundscaping, no intricate plot development, little evidence of endless editing sessions to get the thing just right. Getting On sounds like Urbaniak cruised into the studio, an iced latte in hand, and finished recording before his drink grew tepid. None of this would be infuriating if the podcast in question wasn’t so good.

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Within the Wires by Devon Taylor

The first thing you need to understand about Within the Wires is that you won’t understand it--at least not for a while. The serialized fiction podcast is a production of Night Vale Presents, the same team that created Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn’t Dead. Like these titles, Within the Wires trades on an odd and enigmatic style, relying  on listeners to locate the threads as the story unspools.

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Fruit by Devon Taylor

While audio fiction may have retreated to the fringes of entertainment for several decades, it didn’t stop evolving. One need look no farther than Issa Rae’s Fruit to see the proof. This 10-episode Howl production tells the story of X, a black pro football player, who begins to question his sexuality amidst his ascent to sports stardom. The series brings into focus issues of hyper-masculinity, race, identity, and sexuality through the gripping first person account of X.

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Welcome to Our New Website by Ann Heppermann

Welcome to The Sarah Awards new website! 

We're excited to share with you our new look along with some additions to our website. Each month we will be featuring essays on the craft of making audio fiction. We're launching with the amazing insights from Love Me producers Cristal Dunhaime and Mira Burt-Wintonick about how the familiar can enhance your creativity. And get ready for upcoming essays from Jonathan Mitchell of The Truth, James Urbaniak from Getting on With James Urbaniak, and many others. A very special thanks to The Slate Group and Panoply Network for their generous contribution that made these essays possible. 

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Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Finalists (Part 1)

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Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Finalists (Part 1)

In this episode of Serendipity, we play 5 of the 10 finalists for our 2016 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Contest. Featuring: "Bitterly Cold" by David Garland, "The Staging Area" by Jason Gots, "Noir" by Pa Ying Vang, "#blessed" by Jackie Heltz, and "Blinking" by La Cosa Preziosa. Read More

Towards a Poetics of Audio: The Importance of Criticism

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Towards a Poetics of Audio: The Importance of Criticism

It is an exciting time for audio. The tumultuous growth of podcasting and the concomitant development of digital channels, multiple platforms, and user-driven content has not only expanded and re-energized the form, but forced public radio to loosen its stays and let down its hair.Where once we might have talked of “the system” or “the industry,” we can now confidently say we are part of “a culture.” But—we are missing two important components of a vital culture: a critical language, and with it, a critical practice. The language should be expressly designed to describe our forms, tropes, and themes, but with reference to the larger culture and world of ideas. And the practice should be constant, robust, and open, with critical tools wielded to help us better understand our work, and ourselves, and to help our public to better understand us as artists. Read More

Getting On with James Urbaniak

Reviews

Getting On with James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak is the kind of podcaster that other producers love to hate. His show, Getting On with James Urbaniak, consists of nothing but a single voice reading a fictional soliloquy, often written by someone else. There is almost no elaborate soundscaping, no intricate plot development, little evidence of endless editing sessions to get the thing just right. Getting On sounds like Urbaniak cruised into the studio, an iced latte in hand, and finished recording before his drink grew tepid. None of this would be infuriating if the podcast in question wasn’t so good. Read More