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The best podcasts for Audio Drama Fans

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Who am I?

The creator of the audio drama Murphy, and a huge fan of audio drama as a medium! Most of the Ghostly Muse Productions team went to SUNY Purchase, and now live in New York City. Our team at Ghostly Muse Productions is one of writers, actors, a composer, a dialect coach, and more who all are extremely passionate about what they do. They’ve studied these subjects a lot and even got college degrees for them. Audio drama is such an important medium for storytelling that goes back to some of the earliest broadcasted stories in the beginning of the 20th century. The old school radio plays of yesteryear were the foundation for what we now see on TV today, and the natural evolution into podcast form parallels the change from cable TV to on demand streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

My Show

What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

Our show is a full cast audio drama that immerses the listener in the story using sound effects, music, and spatial relation, on top of a gripping story. With this list, we wanted to shout out and raise up some of our fellow audio drama creators who have also done a fantastic job of honoring the format and exploring new frontiers in the genre.

What is my podcast playlist about?

This playlist is a series of fantastic audio dramas that regard the format’s past with reverence and respect while shooting for the stars in terms of what the format can become.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. The Magnus Archives

Why this podcast?

This show inspired some of our writers on Murphy, and is an exceptional example of long form worldbuilding.

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4.9

“Make your statement, face your fear.” A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join Jonathan Sims as he explores the archive, but be warned, as he looks into its depths something starts to look back... New episodes every Thursday produced by Rusty Quill, featuring guest actors, short stories, serial plots and more. The Magnus Protocol launches in January 2024.


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2. The Madness of Chartrulean

Why this podcast?

Another incredible example of worldbuilding and sound design, Madness of Chartrulean is also a great example of how to be a great part of the audio drama community. The creator, Packhowl Media, has always been and continues to be a monumentally helpful resource for other creators of the genre, hosting a Discord server aimed at not only their own self-promotion, but the promotion, discussion, and troubleshooting of any other show out there.

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5.0

Chartrulean was destined to be the messiah the people wanted, but abandoned a life of piety to become what he believed his world needed. Now a delicate game of politics is afoot, and Chartrulean is torn between those he’s grown to trust and the gods he's angered. He must reconcile with both before succumbing to the madness he created.

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3. The Leviathan Chronicles | The Rapscallion Agency

Why this podcast?

The Leviathan Chronicles was a pioneer in modern audio drama. By the 80s and 90s, traditional radio plays it seemed had finally gone the way of the Dodo in many parts of the world. However, with the emergence of podcasts following the success of Apple’s iPod, some creators ran with the idea of bringing radio plays into the modern era. One that has stood the test of time is The Leviathan Chronicles which started in 2008 and employed a massive cast of characters along with an extremely long form story that would take well over a decade to tell, and movie quality sound design.

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Set shortly after the events of the award-winning podcast The Leviathan Chronicles, The Rapscallion Agency continues the adventures of its two youngest characters, Lisette Mainsabiles and Paul Lee (aka Cluracan) who moved to Paris and use their unique skills to start a business, navigate young love, and lovingly care for a cybernetic rat. After converting a bakery van into their mobile hi-tech headquarters, Lisette and Cluaracan explore Paris by calling upon old acquaintances to help them find work for their new agency, But during a professional ‘audition’, Lisette and Cluracan are double-crossed, managing to escape with a priceless research asset that makes them a target of a powerful international conglomerate, VeyTech Pharmaceutical. As they try to decode the mystery in their possession, they have to stay alive as they are ruthlessly hunted by an assassin with a metal arm while figuring out who they can really trust to help them escape France. The Leviathan Chronicles is a full cast audio drama about a race of immortals that have been secretly living in a hidden city called Leviathan, deep under the Pacific Ocean. For centuries, the utopian society has existed in peace, gently influencing world events on the surface. But soon, a civil war erupts between the immortals that wish to stay hidden, and those that want to integrate fully with the rest of mankind on the surface. A clandestine division of the CIA known as Blackdoor discovers the immortals’ existence and seeks to eliminate the perceived threat that they represent to U.S. sovereignty. Soon, a three-way war erupts across the globe as each faction fights for supremacy, leaving the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Discover more podcasts set in the Leviathan Universe at www.leviathanaudioproductions.com.

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4. Station 151

Why this podcast?

Taking a very lonely location and breathing a surprising amount of life into it, Station 151 is a tense, gripping adventure worthy of your time, and especially worth listening to with a good pair of noise cancelling headphones.

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Station 151

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Station 151 is Antarctica’s first and only astronomical radio observatory. Built by the Telders Corporation at an estimated cost of $200M USD, the station promises to reveal the darkest secrets of the universe. Join Astrophysicist Wayne Robertson at the bottom of the world as he sets off on the adventure of a lifetime (and possibly his last). Station 151 is a science-fiction podcast written by Andy Scearce and Steven James Scearce. It is produced by Bear Weiter and Pale Matter.

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