listening to the podcast

Click on the menu below to find a link to the episode list.
For descriptions of each episode, check out my Show Notes at the top of the page. This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to real people or events is purely coincidental.

WARNING: Some of the language may be offensive, but no worse than you would expect in an R rated movie.

Special thanks to NASA for the image of the galaxy.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Switzerland and Vietnam

What do Switzerland and Vietnam have in common?

They are both showing up in my site statistics for the first time.

Welcome, one and all!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I miss my writer group

     It's been about five months since I last met with the writers group that I belong to. For years we met monthly and corresponded via email between meetings. They have become some of my dearest friends and I miss them terribly.
     This week I hope to see them all again. 
     We are each very different, and our diverse backgrounds, interests, and passions help to keep us from falling into the trap of niche perspective.
     The world today offers too much freedom to choose what news you get, whose opinion you listen to, and what entertainment you indulge in. 
     In the past, we didn't have hundreds of news sources, so we couldn't seek out the ones which agreed with our own opinions. We didn't have a myriad of movies and television programs at our finger tips, so we all had a more-or-less common experience, and could at least understand each other.
     Being with people who not just like us keeps us connected to reality, and reminds us that our perspective is not the absolute standard for normal.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Doing well

This site has just had its 14,000th visit, and the blog of my audio show will soon pass 10,000 downloads.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Took some time to work on a science project

Yeah, that's me. This chamber is supposed to be able to simulate extreme conditions, such as the pressure and temperature at the center of Jupiter. Matter does strange things in extreme environments.
Science can be a lot of work, but it is also very rewarding when you get to see it happen and then chat about it with the best minds in the field. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Highly recommended

     For the exceptional script, acting, and production quality, We’re Alive is the gold standard of modern audio drama.  I started listening a couple of weeks ago, and if I had the time I would spend hours each day until reaching the end. As it is, I’ve gotten through 12 episodes and love every second of it.
The premise of the show is survival of a small group in Los Angeles during a zombie apocalypse. Characters come and go through the course of the show and you don’t know who might die without warning.
     Presented in a staggering 139 episodes starting in May of 2009, the final episode came on 29 July 2014. The show is professionally done in a real sound studio with a full cast of actors. Strangely, though it’s an audio drama, the show is listed on as a TV show. There, you can find the full cast listed, many of whom you may recognize from film, television, and theater.
     If you don’t like zombie movies, let me assure you that this is not a gore-fest. I don’t even consider it horror. This is drama. This is suspense. This is story-telling at its finest.
     You can download the episodes from:

Friday, January 2, 2015

A recommended listen

     Another gem of audio entertainment is 12.21.12, which is based upon the novel 12.21.12: The Vessel (Tulipe Noire Press) by Killian McRae. 

     Many other audio dramas are stand-alone episodes that can be listened to out of sequence, which often don’t hold an audience for more than a few installments, and tend to end abruptly without a satisfying conclusion. Not so with this show. This is a novel-length reading in 22 episodes with no distracting sound effects, but wonderful accents and variation in voices, allowing the listener to follow the dialogue without any confusion.
     This story is a supernatural / science fiction / mystery and drama, following an archeologist on an adventure which uncovers ancient powers that may bring the end of humanity on a certain date.
     The plot flows beautifully from scene to scene and the characters are intriguing. Each audio episode is nicely paced and packaged in lengths that are easy to fit into lunchtime or bedtime listening. The audio quality is better than many shows I’ve heard and the into/outro announcements are much better than some other shows I’ve checked out. Killian credits Kevin MacLeod with the terrific music.
     I met Killian McRae in one of Seth Hardwood’s classes at Stanford. She describes herself on her blog as “a rather boring lass”; an assessment that I disagree with.
     At this time, the audio release is available on iTunes for free. The paper version is reasonably priced at Amazon and other outlets.
     Killian has eight published novels that I am aware of, and is associated with Tulipe Noire Press. You can find more at her blog.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

     The Scorched Earth audio drama performed by the Texas Radio Theatre Company is one that I highly recommend. I found the plot entertaining and intriguing, the voices genuine, and the production quality outstanding.
     The story follows the residents of Makepeace, Texas back in the 70’s when a mysterious stranger arrives on a night when all the lights go out. The mystery deepens as a conspiracy unfolds and powerful forces battle for control of the future of the world.
     My preference leans toward using sound effects for supporting the atmosphere of a show, rather than overwhelming the listener. This show certainly keeps the balance so well that the effects are not a distraction from the plot while effectively enhancing the experience.
     The show was written by Bruce R. Coleman, who is very active in the Dallas, Texas area live theatre scene. Bruce wrote the two act comedy Mythical Beastie which was performed at the Uptown Theatre Pride Festival in September. He is currently directing A Civil War Christmas (by Paula Vogel) for Theatre Three, where he is a resident artist, running until December 14th.
     Bruce says that he wrote the nine part Scorched Earth two episodes at a time. With his friends at Texas Radio Theatre Company, they would record the two episodes in one session, then Rich Frohlich would get the recordings into shape for publication (no small job) and release them over the next two weeks while Bruce writes the next two episodes.
     That’s not a schedule I would want to keep. My own audio drama was usually recorded 4-8 episodes ahead of release, and I still felt pressured. My hat’s off to the fabulous team that brought us this great show. You can download the show at

Friday, October 31, 2014

My take on "Gaia's Voyages"

     Gaia’s Voyages (, is a sci-fi audio-drama about a zoo spaceship with the mission of preserving and protecting ecologies across the galaxy…interesting concept. The first episode of Gaia’s Voyages came out in 2009 and continued for a staggering four years of entertaining audio. Elaine Barrett is the driving force behind this production, and plays Captain Elizabeth Monroe also. David Ault’s distinctive voice is also a major presence.

     Elaine Barrett has plenty of audio drama experience, and fans across the globe.

     I found the plot and characters reminiscent of STNG in that the characters are of diverse species and the humans have progressed beyond racist and xenophobic tendencies. Their adventures are aboard a sentient spaceship called Gaia, and they have a command structure also reminiscent of the later Star Trek series.

     The technical details will appeal to fans of ‘hard’ sci-fi; the scientific facts and speculation are credible without bogging down the flow of the story.

     The part about the android’s romantic infatuation is a bit over-the-top, but gives some comic relief.

     The sound effects add atmosphere and round out the listening experience, but were too loud and persistent for my taste, distracting from the dialogue.

     The main protagonist, Captain Monroe, came across as a bit too cheerful and giggly for someone commanding a starship in deadly-serious adventures, which may work in audio drama for an adolescent audience, but I just couldn’t stick with it for that reason. I confess I only listened to a few complete episodes, and sampled a few more of the later ones to see if it remained consistent.

     Nevertheless, I am just one person. You can check it out for yourself. By the way, BrokenSea Audio Productions has an extensive website with many other offerings, well worth visiting.