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Serendipity Ep 17:

Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Finalists (Part 1) by Very, Very, Short Short Stories 2016

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.

Serendipity Ep 16:

Field Guide by Rikke Houd

In this episode of Serendipity, our friend Arthur almost eats our SD card. We also feature the piece "Field Guide" written and produced by Rikke Houd. The story was originally broadcast on the BBC podcast Short Cuts which is a Falling Tree Productions.

 

Serendipity Ep 15:

Status by Brie Williams and James Urbaniak

In this episode of Serendipity, Martin reveals some surprising Swedish news about G-punkten and James Urbaniak asks you to unfriend him. Featuring the piece "Status" written by Brie Williams and performed by James Urbaniak. The story was originally broadcast on the podcast "Getting on With James Urbaniak."

2015 Very, Very, Short Short Stories Winner

The Record by Ellie Gordon-Moershel

Winner of the 2015 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Contest.

Serendipity Ep 14:

Bannerman Quartet by Chris Brookes

We talk across the ocean with Chris Brookes about his piece "The Bannerman Quartet." The story takes place in Bannerman Park on the remote coast of Newfoundland, Canada. We follow the stories of four characters, each in a state of crisis.

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

Serendipity Ep 17:

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

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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