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

Thursday, January 28, 2021

More dates through January 29, 2021

Virtual Event

Admission is free. RSVP beginning Wednesday, December 9, at 9 a.m.

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 performance of audio fiction. Podcasts such as Video Palace and Homecoming have brought new generations of listeners to a sector mostly associated with vintage programming. The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel won a Peabody Award; award-winning actors like Laurence 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 emergence of fictional podcasts, the contemporary revival of the radio drama, and a new pipeline of content in the entertainment industry. The program will include conversations and workshops with podcast creators, producers, writers, voice actors, and Foley artists, and will culminate in a live staging of an audio drama featuring USC students as actors.

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


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


Cinematic Arts, Dramatic Arts, literary arts


Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative


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