The Power and Pleasure of Podcasting 2: The Return of Radio Fiction

Friday, March 19 at 10:00am to 12:30pm

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SCHEDULE:
Thursday, March 18
5 to 6 p.m.: Live performances featuring the casts of Video Palace and The Bright Sessions
6:15 to 7 p.m.: Conversations with the cast and producers, including audience Q&A

Friday, March 19
10 to 11 a.m.: The Historical Roots and Current State of Audio Fiction

Featuring Radio Drama Revival host Elena Fernández Collins, Jack Benny and the Golden Age of Radio Comedy author Kathy Fuller-Seeley (University of Texas at Austin), and Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and Radio Drama author Neil Verma (Northwestern). Moderated by Henry Jenkins.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: World-Building and Genre Fiction in the Contemporary Podcast Industry
Featuring Mike Monello (Video Palace), Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions), and Heather Einhorn (Daughters of DC). Moderated by Colin Maclay.

DESCRIPTION:
For decades, the lifeblood of American radio—fictional programming—was rendered archaic by the emergence of television. Now podcasting has injected new vitality into the genre with powerful writing and performances, creating a testing ground for new programming concepts, as demonstrated by the small screen success of Homecoming, Lore, and Limetown. The Unexpected Disappearance of Mars Patel won a Peabody Award; award-winning actors such as Lawrence Fishburne (Bronzeville) and Rami Malek (Blackout) have produced podcasts as passion projects; and Radio Drama Revival provides a regular showcase for innovative storytellers who are experimenting with audio fiction.

Building on our 2019 program that explored the rising interest in both listening to and producing podcasts, this two-day event will showcase the rapid revival of the radio drama as a site for original programming and as a new pipeline into the entertainment industry. 

On Thursday, we will present live performances from the casts and producers of two popular podcasts: the horror series Video Palace and the superhero/psychology program The Bright Sessions. On Friday, two panel discussions will consider the renewed appeal of the medium: the first providing a historical context for thinking about audio fiction in classical radio and podcasting; the second discussing transmedia world-building and genre fiction’s place within today’s podcast industry.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop

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Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff

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Tags

Cinematic Arts, Dramatic Arts, literary arts

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https://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/even...

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Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative
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#visionsandvoices

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